As we found out in the premiere of NESN's new show Behind the B, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli reads the Twittersphere.
So should you.
The long-awaited return of Boston Bruins hockey is almost upon us.
To make sure you are up to date on all the latest news and rumors, here's one man's take on the best Bruins-related Twitter accounts to follow during the 2013-14 NHL season.
Joe Haggerty, Comcast Sportsnet New England
Joe Haggerty is a must-follow for Bruins news and information all year round. Not only does he do great reporting, his game analysis on the web and television is fantastic. As a writer who covers the team on a daily basis, "Haggs" should be one of the first media members that Bruins fans follow.
Fluto Shinzawa, Boston Globe
Fluto Shinzawa is now an NHL reporter for the Boston Globe after spending the last couple of seasons as the Bruins beat writer for the paper. As a reporter who follows the team daily, Shinzawa is a must-follow for injury news, last-minute lineup changes and trade deadline news.
People who also love food and dining should also follow Shinzawa.
Amalie Benjamin, Boston Globe
Amalie Benjamin is the new Bruins beat writer for the Boston Globe after covering the Boston Red Sox. Benjamin provides constant updates on the team via her Twitter account and fantastic coverage on the paper's Bruins blog.
Kevin Paul Dupont, Boston Globe
Kevin Paul Dupont is a well-known and very knowledgeable sports columnist at the Globe. As a recipient of the Elmer Ferguson Award and someone who's covered the team for over 35 years, it's no surprise that Dupont provides excellent coverage of the Bruins and NHL topics throughout the season.
Steve Conroy, Boston Herald
Steve Conroy has covered Boston sports, including the Bruins, for almost 20 years at the Herald. He's an A-plus journalist who provides his readers with insightful columns, accurate reporting and daily updates on Twitter and the web.
It's a shame that Conroy has under 500 followers, because very few people cover the Bruins better than he does.
Milan Lucic is a fan favorite in Boston. As a power forward who plays physical, fights and scores goals, he's the closest thing to Cam Neely that Bruins fans have watched since the mid-1990s. In fact, the Vancouver native is the only "star" player on the team who has an account and tweets regularly.
Ray Bourque is one of the best defensemen in NHL history and is a fan favorite among Bruins fans. The former team captain still spends a lot of time in the Boston area and attends quite a few regular-season and playoff games each year.
As a Bruins legend, Bourque is definitely worth a follow.
Torey Krug enjoyed a breakout playoff run last year when he instantly became a scoring machine with four goals in Boston's five-game second-round series win over the New York Rangers. The former Michigan State star is also one of the few Bruins players who tweets regularly.
Dale Arnold, NESN
Dale Arnold is an experienced play-by-play and TV personality who is one of the most knowledgeable Bruins media members in Boston. The former play-by-play man for Bruins games on NESN is now the studio host for the network's pre and postgame shows.
Jack Edwards, NESN
Jack Edwards is everything a fan would want in a hometown play-by-play man. He brings a high level of passion and knowledge to each Bruins game on NESN.
Very few play-by-play guys make watching NHL games more fun than Edwards. He's not afraid to speak his mind and makes at least one funny comment each game that is montage-worthy.
Official Team Account
This should be a no-brainer for all Bruins fans, but the official team account is a must-follow. More so than most other clubs, the Bruins do a tremendous job providing quotes from press conferences, great in-game images and other forms of media (audio, video, etc.) for fans to enjoy.
Nicholas Goss is an NHL columnist at Bleacher Report. He was a credentialed writer at the 2011 and 2013 Stanley Cup Final, the 2012 NHL playoffs and the 2013 NHL draft.
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