Twitter Roundup: Game 7, Racism, a Bitter Bruin

Posted April 26, 2012

Credit: Geoff Burke-US Presswire

If you haven’t heard about the Twitter controversy tainting surrounding Joel Ward‘s game-winning series-ending overtime goal Thursday night, you were probably just busy celebrating. CapitalsOutsider’s own Nicole Weissman was one of the first to gather the hateful tweets, and since then the Bruins organization has given a decent chiding to the fans who participated. While there are a few articles worth reading (like this one by Harrison Mooney or this one from USA Today), no one has discussed the silver lining.

Yes, there is one.

Some argue that giving these people attention only feeds the frenzy (myself included).  But the backlash says a lot about the hockey community.  The responses likely played a part in why a few of those Twitter accounts were already deleted, and indirectly demonstrates that the Hockey is for Everyone and You Can Play campaigns are worth the bad commercial acting.

Among the numerous Tweeters that came out on the right side were a few NHLers.  None of Ward’s teammates tweeted, but some of his Western Conference friends did:




On a lesser note, other NHL players did not have such uplifting tweets, as the much-adored AHL goalie Mike McKenna was one of the few who immediately called out the illegality of Mike Knuble‘s scoring drive.


Then there’s former Bruin Steven Kampfer.  The original tweet has since been deleted, but after Ward scored, Kampfer tweeted something to the effect of “called it”.  He followed that up with:

When asked whether the defenseman, who was traded to the Minnesota Wild for Greg Zanon, missed the Bruins organization, his response was short and to the point:

After a long day of this, Ward himself finally tweeted: