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Twitter Thursday: Ryan Whitney likes his Tracy Chapman

Jan 19, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

This feature profiles an NHLer that’s making noise on the Twitter machine.

Edmonton Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney is something of a Twitter superstar (well, within NHL circles.)

He’s accumulated over 72,000 followers, been named to Sports Illustrated’s Twitter 100 and spells most words correctly (which is rare within NHL circles.)

He’s also unafraid to express his opinions. Like regarding music, for example:


Whitney’s not alone with his critical acclaim. Rolling Stone ranked Fast Car No. 167 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time“, sandwiched between Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” (No. 168) and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (No. 166).

And, lest we forget, Fast Car was sampled by Nice & Smooth in their 1991 hit, “Sometimes I Rhyme Slow…”

Regardless of what you think of Tracy Champman and/or Fast Car, it’s nice to see an NHLer express an affinity for music his peers might otherwise ignore. Whitney plays in Edmonton, where the average age is like 18 — my guess is there are a lot of iPods with a lot of LMFAO on them. (Yes yes, party rock is in the house tonight.)

In closing, we leave you with some Fast Car. Feel free to leave the room if it starts getting dusty. Totally understandable.

  1. vshehane - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Great song. Definitely a classic.

  2. vanchuk - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    jake gardiner disagrees…

  3. sknut - Jan 19, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    Good song but it should not be ahead of Gaye’s “Lets get it on”.

    We need to find out if Hall, RNH, and the rest of the youngsters have even ever heard Fast Car.

  4. nhlbruins90 - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    Haven’t heard that one in a long time. Yup, it’s a classic.

  5. comeonnowguys - Jan 19, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    He starts his contract negotiations with “Give me one reason to stay here.”

  6. bostonsfullofrats - Jan 20, 2012 at 1:05 AM

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