Sub­ban first Cana­dian NHLer to pass mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

TORONTO — P.K. Sub­ban is widely re­garded as one of the most en­ter­tain­ing play­ers in the NHL, and he has the Twit­ter fol­low­ers to prove it.

The Nashville Preda­tors de­fence­man is the first Cana­dian NHL player to pass one mil­lion Twit­ter fol­low­ers, ac­cord­ing to the so­cial me­dia web­site.

To put that into per­spec­tive, Ed­mon­ton Oil­ers cap­tain and reign­ing NHL MVP Con­nor McDavid had around 268,000 fol­low­ers as of Thurs­day, while rookie of the year Aus­ton Matthews, who plays in the NHL me­dia fish­bowl of Toronto, had around 122,000.

Even the Great One, Wayne Gret­zky, has just 143,000 fol­low­ers. Pitts­burgh Pen­guins su­per­star Sid­ney Crosby isn’t a fac­tor as he isn’t on Twit­ter. Pos­si­bly the clos­est Cana­dian com­peti­tor to Sub­ban is Florida Pan­thers goal­tender Roberto Luongo, whose pop­u­lar and of­ten hi­lar­i­ous @Strom­bone1 ac­count was ap­proach­ing 750,000 fol­low­ers as of Thurs­day. Sub­ban is a long way from Rus­sian star Alex Ovechkin, who has over 2.5 mil­lion Twit­ter dis­ci­ples.

How does Sub­ban stack up against the top ath­letes in other sports? For­mer Los Angeles Lak­ers star Kobe Bryant has over 12 mil­lion fol­low­ers, golfer Tiger Woods is at around 6.25 mil­lion, mixed mar­tial arts star Con­nor McGre­gor is over 5.3 mil­lion and Cana­dian ten­nis player Eu­ge­nie Bouchard has al­most 1.4 mil­lion.

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