NHL and Social Media Policy

Posted: November 11, 2010 in Facebook, NHL, Social Media, Twitter


Maloney Interested In Other
Leagues’ Social Media Policies

SOCIAL STUDIES: USA TODAY’s Kevin Allen reports social media use by NHL players “became a talking point at the GMs meeting because some have had concerns with either inappropriate remarks or giving away team secrets.” CapGeek.com lists 51 NHL players with Twitter accounts, and Canucks GM Mike Gillis “has an account, too.” Coyotes GM Don Maloney: “We don’t want to discourage personalities.” But he added that the GMs “discussed having a leaguewide policy at some point” (USA TODAY, 11/10). ESPN.com’s LeBrun noted Maloney “led a discussion regarding players’ participation on Twitter and Facebook.” Maloney: “This was more a discussion on how do we get ahead of it? … There (are) certain lines that you can’t cross. It’s more just for us to talk about it. Did other teams have issues with it? We went to the NFL and what kind of policy did they have.” Maloney’s “concern is also when it’s appropriate for players to tweet.” Maloney: “Last thing you want to see is him sitting in the penalty box tweeting about the three lefts he just threw.” LeBrun noted the “consensus among the GMs moving forward is some form of guidelines, whether it’s at the team level or league-wide, should be looked at,” though the NHLPA “will want to have a say in that.” Capitals GM George McPhee: “Should we have a league-wide policy? Should we have a policy with clubs?” (ESPN.com, 11/9). Sabres GM Darcy Regier: “The thoughts on social media are that we don’t know enough about it. … Apparently, I have a number of Twitter accounts, none of them my own” (GLOBE & MAIL, 11/10).


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