Twitter Wins A Social Media Face Off: Elite Email Reveals Twitter Rankings For NHL's Top Point Earners

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A study by Elite Email ranks the top NHL point scorers from the 2012-2013 season by Twitter followers.

NHL Twitter Rankings 2013

NHL Twitter Rankings 2013

Our data revealed that these hockey superstars are more active on Twitter than anywhere else in the social media sphere.

The NHL season is upon us and fans are clearly turning to social media to follow their favourite players, especially on Twitter. Elite Email, a world leader in digital marketing tools for small to medium-sized businesses, reveals who has the most followers for NHL's fifty highest scoring players.

"Our data revealed that these hockey superstars are more active on Twitter than anywhere else in the social media sphere," says CEO Robert Burko of Elite Email. In 2011, the National Hockey League issued a social media policy for its players and club personnel highlighting issues surrounding social networking and instating a "blackout period" on the use of social media on game days (source: At the time, one of the most active players on Twitter was Paul Bissonnette with more than 130,000 followers who today has more than 450,000.

While players can't tweet during game time, it has not stopped their fan base from growing. Elite Email tallied Twitter scores (aka followers) for some of the best players on the ice, showing Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin topping the chart at more than 600,000 followers. Fans can check out the full list at Coach John Tortorella of the Vancouver Canucks recently criticized Twitter for being narcissistic but the truth is more and more players are using it to connect with fans. "Despite Ovechkin having the highest Twitter score, it doesn't appear that goals on the ice necessarily translate into more followers," says Burko, pointing out players like Sidney Crosby and Martin St Louis do not have verified Twitter accounts. The Elite Email team reviewed a targeted group versus the entire NHL, where several other players use the tool too, especially younger ones. The NHL lockout was likely a catalyst for more Twitter activity.

Elite Email, known for its email marketing services, has recently released easy-to-use mobile marketing and Facebook page builder tools that allow customers to integrate their digital marketing strategy across all three channels. The Elite Facebook Page Builder and Elite Landing Page Builder helps people and businesses brand themselves on the page through fully customized tabs, drag-and-drop features and hundreds of design templates, ultimately enhancing user engagement. Elite Email is the only company in Canada offering this technology as an integrated suite with its other emarketing tools.

The Top 10 NHL Point Earners of the 2012-2013 Season Ranked According to Twitter Followers:

Rank : Name : Team : Twitter Followers : Points Earned (2012-2013) : Twitter Address

1 : Alexander Ovechkin : Washington Capitals : 608,735 : 56 : @ovi8
2 : Patrick Kane : Chicago Blackhawks : 384,548 : 55 : @88PKane
3 : Taylor Hall : Edmonton Oilers :279,580 : 50 : @hallsy04
4 : P.K. Subban : Montreal Canadiens : 269,877 : 38 : @PKSubban1
5 : Steven Stamkos : Tampa Bay Lightning : 257,023 : 57 : @RealStamkos91
6 : Claude Giroux : Philadelphia Flyers : 254,453 : 48 : @28CGiroux
7 : Jordan Eberle : Edmonton Oilers : 184,030 : 37 : @ebs_14
8 : Matt Duchene : Colorado Avalanche : 161,093 : 43 : @Matt9Duchene
9 : Logan Couture : San Jose Sharks : 155,886 : 37 : @Logancouture
10 : Phil Kessel : Toronto Maple Leafs : 129,272 : 52 : @PKessel81

To view the top 50, visit

Data Collection Procedure
Elite Email researchers reviewed the 2012 -2013 season's top fifty point earners of the NHL (note: the list is based on goals and assists only). The most popular social networks were reviewed for each player: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. The team began seeking out ‘verified' profiles. No verified profiles were found for these players on Facebook. Instagram does not verify profiles, so these were not included. Therefore, the chart was built based on Twitter data only. There were countless fake profiles/general fan pages but only verified pages were used in collecting this data to ensure authenticity. The chart is based on "followers" only to measure ‘social reach'. ‘Social activity' such as frequency of posting or the most recent post date was not reviewed. To report any errors, please contact our Support Team.


About Elite Email
Elite Email is a leading, global, cloud-based, marketing service provider based in Canada. It has been helping customers achieve superior email marketing results for 10 years. Its software-as-a-service platform allows organizations of all sizes to build and grow their mailing lists, create eye-catching emails, build integrated mobile campaigns, apps, social pages, and track results with detailed reports and analytics. The award-winning Elite Email platform is used to attract new customers, drive repeat business and create referrals. As part of the "Top 50 Email Marketing Service Providers Worldwide" (Website Magazine, 2009), and the "25 Up-and-Coming IT Companies in Canada" (Backbone Magazine 2007), Elite Email also has an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and the Direct Marketing Association's coveted Email Measurement Accuracy Seal. CEO Robert Burko recently won the "Business Excellence Award Winner - Under 30" by the Toronto Board of Trade.

For media inquiries please contact: Aimée Savard, APR, asavard(at)aimpr(dot)ca, 416-788-6719. Interviews are available with Elite Email CEO Robert Burko. For more information visit or @eliteemail

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