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7 NHL players who will be thankful for your 'follow' this season

Off the ice, these NHL players take their game one step further to entertain fans. From meticulously crafted tweets to behind-the-scenes Instagrams, these guys are killing the game.

These players are killing the off-ice game

Alexander Ovechkin, shown here at the 2018 NHL All-Star Skills Competition in January, has been giving followers a behind-the-scenes look into the life of a Stanley Cup champion all summer long. (Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

It's not often NHL players find the time to capture that perfect Instagram shot or craft a tweet so funny it takes over the Internet. So when they do, fans take notice.

Here are seven NHL players you need to follow on social media this season:

Roberto Luongo

The Florida Panthers goalie tops the list every year — and for good reason. Going by the alias "Strombone" on social media, Luongo takes the cake for funniest Twitter account.

His forte? Self-deprecation.

Unfortunately, the social media-savvy Luongo suffered an injury on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. 

Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo left during the second period of Saturday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, after teammate Frank Vatrano fell on his right leg. 1:11

P.K. Subban

The animated Nashville Predators defenceman is quick to let fans in on his personal life. His most shared moments on social media are either behind-the-scenes with teammates or hysterical pranks with his girlfriend, Olympic alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn.

He even has a name for his followers: Subbaniacs.

Alexander Ovechkin

After the all-star Capitals' captain won the Stanley Cup in June, many referred to the ensuing celebrations as "The Summer of Ovi."

From parades and sleep-overs with the Cup to the infamous keg stands, Ovechkin has solidified himself as one to follow this season.

He even added a newborn baby to his family in August, so Ovechkin is truly living his best life right now.

Taylor Hall

The end of the last NHL season was when the Hart Trophy winner really came out of his social media shell. Sometimes a little self-reflection goes a long way.

The New Jersey Devils winger isn't just a sharp shooter on the ice. He goes for it off the ice too.

Phil Kessel

You know those people who don't mean to be funny but are inadvertently hilarious? Phil Kessel is one of those people.

Perhaps it's his brutal honesty.

Brad Marchand

Every season, the Boston Bruins forward plays up his pesky persona. You either love him or hate him as a player, but it's hard to hate on his boldly beautiful tweets because Marchand's clap-back game is second to none.

Marchand also gets that sometimes less words mean more. Like this tweet posted during the Bruins' playoff series with Tampa Bay, during which he licked Ryan Callahan and was put "on notice" by the NHL to stop.

Max Domi

Sure, NHL players have friends in high places but one of the newest Montreal Canadiens is one of the few to really show it off. The celebrity appearances make this follow totally worth it.

Honourable mentions: Wives, mascots, cats

NHL players can be funny but sometimes their wives steal the show. In Andrew Hammond's case, his wife Marlee tweets some great stuff at her husband's expense and we are here for it.

 

Which brings us to our next honourable mention: Gritty. Does he really need an introduction?

The Philadelphia Flyers' new mascot is freakishly hilarious.

Since we don't want you to suffer nightmares tonight, we'll wrap this list up with a cute and cuddly kitten courtesy of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Nazem Kadri's cat has his own Instagram account and his name is Jazzy. What more could you want?

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