Let’s just start off by saying this: Twitter is the best. It makes keeping up with current events easier than ever, and it especially helps for a junior hockey league like the QMJHL, where there aren’t a ton of media all over the goings-on to keep you updated constantly. Twitter has also found a home with an increasing number of players in the Q-League. This is your QMJHL Twitter All-Star Team:
F – Maximilien Le Sieur (@ShawiNaked), Shawinigan Cataractes
The king has returned. Le Sieur’s feed was maybe the most entertaining in the Q before he and the rest of the Cataractes had to shut it down until the offseason. With their recent elimination, he’s back on the Twitter beat and already bringing it.
F – Viktor Hertzberg (@hertzberg27), Montreal Juniors
The former Screaming Eagles forward is one of the more consistent Tweeters in the league and is pretty good to interact with his followers. Here's hoping a team uses an overager and Euro roster spot on him next year, because he provides a pretty cool look into the life of a junior hockey player.
F – Danick Gauthier (@elcreido18), Saint John Sea Dogs
Remember when Alex Ovechkin first came to the NHL and all his interviews were hilarious because his English was not so good? Yeah. Gauthier is a funny dude to begin with, and a bit of broken English certainly never hurt anyone. He’s one of a number of Sea Dogs to join Twitter in recent months, and my favourite Q tweeter right now.
D – Garrett Clarke (@GarrettClarke92), Acadie-Bathurst Titan
By my count, the most-followed tweeter in the league, and for good reason. Clarke launched his account shortly after the fallout from his time in Halifax, and it was a terrific PR move. There were lots of rumours flying around about him as a person and the reasons for his departure from the Mooseheads, but anyone who follows him can plainly see that he’s a pretty good kid, and absolutely hilarious.
D – Alex MacDonald (@alexmac26), Rimouski Oceanic
This guy is very underrated on the Q Twitter scene, but he gets the job done. A good mix of humour, opinions, and wit, delivered in an “off the glass and out” fashion. Well worth the follow if you want a player’s perspective on life in the Q. NHL comparable: Ryan Whitney.
G – Jean-Francois Berube (@JRouby), Montreal Juniors
Not going to lie, it’s pretty slim pickings among goalies to this point. The Kings draft pick only just got going on Twitter since playoffs started, but the early returns have been good.
Morgan Ellis (@MorganEllis4), D, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles – Eagles captain and likely one of the top d-men in the league next year is a Twitter vet.
Stephen MacAulay (@smacaulay9), F, Saint John Sea Dogs – Another Sea Dog on Twitter who knows the ropes and is a pretty good one to follow.
Nathan MacKinnon (@Mackinnon9), F, Baie-Comeau Drakkar? – Start following your Q-League superstars nice and early. MacKinnon will be the top pick in this year’s draft; watch the drama unfold on the Twitter.
This only covers a handful of players in the QMJHL who have joined Twitter recently. I’ve created a list (including media and other personalities) that I try to keep updated as new accounts pop up, so you can follow the list itself, or peruse it to pick and choose who you’d like to follow. Check it out here.
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