Forget about Daniel Sedin reaching the 1,000-point plateau this season, the Vancouver Canucks have already hit a really important milestone.
Their Twitter account has passed a million followers.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 24, 2017
I’m still waiting for my followback.
The Canucks got their one millionth follower just a week before their Twitter birthday. The first-ever tweet by the Canucks was sent out on Halloween in 2008.
This is the new official Twitter of the Vancouver Canucks!
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) October 31, 2008
The Canucks had to settle for the @VanCanucks handle for many years, as @Canucks was already taken. They managed to get their hands on it last year though.
The Canucks are the fifth Canadian professional team to hit the 1 million mark, following in the footsteps of the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, Raptors, and Canadiens. They are 10th in the NHL in followers, behind the Leafs, Habs, Blackhawks, Penguins, Bruins, Rangers, Kings, Red Wings, and Flyers.
Their most retweeted tweet was from earlier this year, receiving 4,193 RTs by remembering the late Rick Rypien on #BellLetsTalk Day.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) January 25, 2017
Fifth on the list is a bit of trash talking with the Edmonton Oilers from 2013:
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) November 20, 2013
The most followed Canucks player might come as a surprise, it’s Michael Del Zotto with over 113,000 followers. Sam Gagner (105K) and Thomas Vanek (64.1K) are next.
The most well known Canucks – Henrik and Daniel Sedin – aren’t on Twitter (that we know of, anyway), which must have made their former coach very happy.
Tortorella says he doesn't want his players on Twitter. Hates it #Canucks
— Brad Ziemer (@BradZiemer) September 12, 2013
The Sedins are mentioned a lot though. The twins, along with Bo Horvat were the most mentioned players last season according to Twitter Canada.
A fun fact: In the last five years, Henrik and Daniel Sedin have almost an identical number of Twitter mentions (of course they do). Henrik has the edge by 0.2%.
Not surprisingly, 70% of Canadian tweets that mention the Canucks come from the Vancouver area.
Top five cities in Canada outside of Vancouver that mentioned the Canucks the most:
They’re so obsessed with us, am I right??
Top five US cities that tweet about the Canucks:
Of course Vegas is on that list.
Some intriguing celebrities that follow the Canucks include:
The Canucks just finished a five-game road trip, winning a surprising four out of five. They face Alex Ovechkin (his 2.65 million Twitter followers is the most in the league by the way), and the Washington Capitals at Rogers Arena on Thursday.