P.K. Subban and this million Twitter followers nonsense

Look, we all love P.K. Subban.

There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing his star go supernova since being traded to an American franchise and signing with WME. He’s at the ESPY Awards. He’s playing musical chairs at the Nick Kids’ Choice Sports 2017 Awards. It’s great!

This week, he cracked one million followers on Twitter, and this being P.K. Subban and this being August meant that this became newsworthy. Why? Because Twitter Canada celebrated that Subban was “the first active Canadian-born NHL player to hit the milestone.”

This was an impressive feat. I mean, it’s not easy to fit that many caveats into one tweet.

First off, here’s how P.K. Subban reached one million followers:

Suffice it to say that making the Stanley Cup Final, feuding with Sidney Crosby and tweeting photos of yourself carrying bags of Listerine are good for business. Congrats to P.K. Subban on all of that.

Now, those aforementioned caveats …

He’s “the first active Canadian-born NHL player” to hit one million because he’s not the first NHL player to do it, nor the first Canadian player to do it.

Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals (2.58 million) and Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins (1.66 million) are both well over one million followers. Ovechkin was the first NHL player to break that barrier.

Now, on the Canadian side of things, there’s some confusion. You have placed like the Montreal Gazette reporting “he became the first Canadian-born NHL player to reach the 1,000,000 follower landmark.” Which isn’t entirely accurate, because of BizNasty.

Beloved journeyman brawler Paul Bissonnette has 1.04 million followers. Last time we checked Welland, Ontario was in Canada, making him a Canadian-born hockey player.

Are you still an NHL player if you haven’t played in the NHL since 2014? Semantics! Bissonnette is the first Canadian-born hockey player to break one million followers. Just not an active-NHL one, like Subban.

But hey, like we said: Congrats to P.K. Subban. Here’s to a million more, which would put him only just over another half million behind the Russian guy. But that’s assuming that Ovechkin’s social media growth hasn’t gone the way of his goalscoring.

Greg Wyshynski is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at puckdaddyblog@yahoo.com or find him on Twitter. His book, TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE PUCK, is available on Amazon and wherever books are sold.

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