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Sens owner blasts certain ‘profane’ Pens fans

May 12, 2013, 9:54 PM EDT

Just moments after it became clear that the Pittsburgh Penguins would face the Ottawa Senators in a 2013 second-round series, the jokes about Senators owner Eugene Melnyk began.

Apparently Melnyk read some of those jokes via Twitter … and he didn’t like them.

Here’s a screen grab of his Tweet from Sunday, in case he decides to take it down later:



Both Erik Karlsson and Paul MacLean have tried to reduce the amount of drama going into this series – yup, it hasn’t even started yet – but it looks like there will be some exciting action off the ice, too.

(H/T to’s Erin Nicks.)

  1. Stiller43 - May 12, 2013 at 9:57 PM

    Haha i wonder what those tweets are. They ARE likely over the top, but he was as well in the aftermath of the karlsson injury.

  2. philly4lyfe - May 12, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    pens fans being classless scumbags is news?

    • andrewproughcfe - May 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      Melnyk getting into a twitter war with people posing as Pens fans – that’s the news. He should be smarter than that. Now it will only get worse, I’m sure, as the internet crazies figure out they can get under the skin of a rich NHL owner.

    • drone501 - May 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

      didn’t want to do this but here it goes, 1975

      • zach28 - May 13, 2013 at 1:33 AM

        i must be too young to understand this reference or I just don get it, but what is the 1975 all about?

      • 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 1:37 AM

        1975 was the last time the Flyers won a cup. Its used as a taunt

    • 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 1:28 AM

      Has Melnyk been living in a cave for the past three years? Welcome to our world. Pens fans are celebrating like they’re gonna win something after edging the Islanders in six games. I would be very worried.

      • 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 1:32 AM

        How many more productive you guys think you’re gonna get out of Scrambled Brains Crosby?

      • handsofsweed - May 13, 2013 at 6:51 AM

        Well, he’s 25, so……minimum 12, maximum 15.

      • fbothharbaughs - May 13, 2013 at 7:06 AM

        No, I believe he’s been trying to hire one of the cast members of CSI to prove Cooks intentionally hurt Karlsson… alledgedly….

    • fbothharbaughs - May 13, 2013 at 7:04 AM

      Only reason Filthy fans aren’t in the news is ’cause the orange-and-black are only being mentioned over on GolfTalkCentral…

    • 2jivecrew - May 13, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      Oh that’s rich coming from a Flyers fan. How are the links, by the way?

  3. bronxsanman - May 12, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    What can you expect from an organization that praises its players for classless play.I hope Ottawa crushes them.Go sens!

  4. jimw81 - May 12, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    just do a twitter search on wayne simmonds

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 12, 2013 at 10:59 PM

      What point are you trying to make can I ask?

      • jimw81 - May 12, 2013 at 11:47 PM

        every time flyers play the pens. interesting comments are made by pens fans. tweak the twitter search to wayne simmonds pens. just sayin

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 12, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        PK gets more hatred I think personally.

  5. ibieiniid - May 12, 2013 at 10:14 PM

    he must have been looking at the PHT comment section

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - May 12, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Maybe he can do a forensic examination of this series AFTER the pens win the series.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

      Either War Ensemble by Slayer or Back for More by Five Finger Death Punch should become an official theme to this series.

      • handsofsweed - May 13, 2013 at 6:54 AM

        I actually listened to War Ensemble before game 5 vs NYI. That’s odd that you should mention that song, as an aside.

  7. Stiller43 - May 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    A philly fan calling any other teams fanbase classless? Thats rich…

    • basedrum777 - May 13, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      Yeah I’m pretty sure he forgot Chris Pronger was his captain. Dirtiest hockey player in 25 years.

  8. killerpgh - May 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Melnyk just started his twitter account within the past week or two. The day he started it, Mark Madden (shock jock radio host on a Pittsburgh radio station) asked everyone to bombard his twitter account and use the “#asshat”. i don’t use twitter but i think you can search by hashtags. So if you use twitter search #asshat and you can probably see some of the tweets that have him whining like usual.

    • pitpenguinsrulez - May 12, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Mark Madden for the win

      • jimw81 - May 12, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        This is the same Mark Madden who contribute to the downfall of WCW.

      • jimw81 - May 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

        Mark Madden should be banned from twitter if he encouraged this behavior. i love the IQ span of Pens Fans duh….1975, Duh…1975,Duh…1975… Come on Pens fans you can do better than that.

      • pitpenguinsrulez - May 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM

        Madden was just a small factor into the death of WCW. That whole company started going downward thanks to Schiavone giving away the result of Foley vs. Rock on RAW. The pre-emptied episode of Nitro in May of 1999 screwed them in ratings due in part to RAW having the old school vs. new school tag team match.

  9. ironman721 - May 12, 2013 at 10:35 PM

    This guy is becoming the Al Davis of hockey. He needs to just shut up.

    • pbhatesphilly - May 13, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      ok jimw81………2012-2013!!!

  10. hockeywithdrawal - May 12, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Win, lose, or tie…one thing is certain. Our Ray Shero would NEVER be caught dead being anywhere NEAR the attention starved douche that this guy is. Do yourself, your team, and your city a favor, bro. Shut. The. Eff. Up. For. A. Change. Let them play – not about you, or your need for attention.

    • hazlydose - May 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      I would like to point out that this is their OWNER not their GM. This would be like Mario or Burkle calling Senators fans classless, not Shero.

      • hockeywithdrawal - May 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

        Yes, I know. And Pens fans are fully aware of Bryan Murray and his mouth too – I’m actually speaking about “management” in general. Point is, this isn’t something you confront a city on. The guy is a delusional pansy.

  11. heyzeus143 - May 12, 2013 at 10:50 PM


    I concur….and add this – 1975

  12. sjsharks66 - May 12, 2013 at 10:51 PM

    Embarrassing your city and team? No, you took the cake with the CSI:OTTAWA pitch.

    It is not just a game to some fans. No matter who you cheer for. Hockey means the world to many fans. At least it does for me.

  13. malkinrulez - May 12, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    What is he 10? Twitter really? Why am I not surprised! I hope his Facebook account doesn’t blow up what will he do than? Guy sounds like a teenage girl . Pathetic

  14. malkinrulez - May 12, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Perhaps a call to the Mounties is in order for cyber bullying! Or just ignore it like an adult!

  15. sportsfreak13 - May 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    Type “Bryan Murray fight” into YouTube, click on the video that’s 19 seconds long with over 100,000 views, then try to read melnyk tweet again without laughing.

  16. hockeyflow33 - May 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    He better never come on here

  17. 950003cups - May 13, 2013 at 1:39 AM

    How many more productive seasons you guys think you’re gonna get out of Scrambled Brains Crosby? Pens fans need to learn the old cliche’ Be kind to the people on the way up, cause you’re gonna pass the same people on the way down.

  18. mordock57 - May 13, 2013 at 3:10 AM

    We heard you the first time you typed it up above (poorly), dumbass. And Crosby has nine points in five games. I’m not particularly worried about his brains. Yours, on the other hand…

  19. bleedblackngold96 - May 13, 2013 at 3:24 AM

    He calls pens fans classless yet he goes public and whines about it? Worry about your team’s performance! Who cares about the other team’s FANS? Go Pens

  20. philly4lyfe - May 13, 2013 at 8:12 AM

    I’ve come to the realization that every pens retort is always one of the following to: I know you are, but what am I (see stiller43 above as an example) or 1975. I’m sure if all you pens fans on here put your combined 37 IQ together and thought really hard about it, you could come up with something almost funny and original…. almost. but if you are going to be thinking that hard, please make sure to put your helmets on first. safety first!

    • 2jivecrew - May 13, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      That’s pretty funny considering Pittsburgh is the #2 city in America in college degrees per capita. Guess which city is #1? Not Philly.

      • basedrum777 - May 13, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Don’t confuse him with facts. As is evidenced by your note above, he probably doesn’t have a degree.

  21. ewoods6 - May 13, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    I am a DIE HARD PENS FAN…and i agree with this fella.

    Support your team and having fun jabs is even ok at one another, but it never has to cross a line.

    It is a game.

  22. bgrillz - May 13, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    Welcome to Twitter, and thank you for singling out Pens fans. This is A LOT of people on Twitter. Maybe you should have some forensic investigation done to find out why they are so profane….I am sure when Pittsburgh moves on to the next round, you’ll be hurling out a few expletives as well.

  23. 2jivecrew - May 13, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Hey Melnyk, how’s that “forensic investigation” going. LOL

  24. pghpensfanprecrosby - May 13, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    So I have been following these posts for awhile now and have never posted or even created an account until now. First off, as the username implies, I have been a Penguins fan since 1999, before Crosby and Malkin and Fluery, and during the time when the organization finished last several years in a row. To some of the older folks on here that might not seem long, but I was about 10 at the time and have been a strong Penguins fan since. Yes, I know that quite a bit of new era penguins fan aren’t legit (I have talked to people who say they are Penguins fans but can’t name players other than Crosby or Malkin) which gives a bad name to the rest of us. But I hate how a few bad seeds deem the organization and its fans as classless as a whole. Being from PA, I will use Flyer’s example. I have a few good friends that are Flyer’s fans and they are great guys. I remember last year when a few Flyer’s fans beat up that Rangers fan at Geno’s. Obviously, that was classless, but not how the whole fan base of the Flyer’s is. From over the years of watching playoffs, and especially this years, it is common place for the home team to taunt members of the opposing team, especially the goalie. While I think it doesn’t really affect the opposing players, it is fine that the fans do that because it is their right. However, besides the occasional booing, it is fairly rare for penguins fans to taunt other players on an arena wide basis. So I definitely disagree when others mention that the penguins fan and organization are classless, but again that is their right and this post won’t change that.

    Lastly, I respect most owners, especially the ones that take a general interest in the team, like Melnyk and not just as a business decision. However, this whole Cooke thing has gone on long enough. Accidents happen, players get injured and return, some within days. If the Penguins or any other organization lingered on injuries to star players which could be considered questionable, then progress would never be made. I respect the Senators organization as a whole, but karlsson is back, the Senators and Penguins are officially meeting, and the focus needs to shift on hockey and not what might have happened.

  25. philly4lyfe - May 13, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    actually just graduated sju this weekend w/ a masters degree in criminology, 3.78 GPA. up in the air if I want to go for my PhD or not. but keep acting like you know ppl based solely on their interet comments on sports articles.

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