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NHL uses players’ Tweets against them in class action complaint

Dec 15, 2012, 6:18 PM EDT

The NHL is exploring just about every avenue to build an argument against the NHLPA, which even includes the owners side using players’ Twitter feeds against them, according to the Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch.

Garrioch reports that the league cited Tweets from Logan Couture, Scottie Upshall and Matt Carle in an attempt to prove that the union planned to de-certify well in advance of the anticipated move.

Fear the Fin indicates that this Couture Tweet was among the statements cited:

It’s far from the only time that players might regret what they’ve posted on the popular social network; you might recall Upshall referring to his “#lockoutproblems” among other moments.

Garrioch outlines the NHL’s larger efforts to discredit the disclaimer of interest.

There were 36 players named in the statement of claim by the league — all members of the NHLPA’s executive committee and even some draft picks — as the league went to great lengths to prove its case.

Not only were NHLPA representatives of all seven Canadian teams named in the filing, the league also included quotes from several players talking about the possibility of going the decertification route over the last couple of months.

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