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Ducks Get Social

by Staff Writer / Anaheim Ducks
There was a lot going on during last night's Social Media Night presented by YP, whether you were here at Honda Center, watching the game on Fox Sports West, following on the Ducks' social media platforms or maybe a mixture of all of those things. Here's a look at everything that went on last night, which revolved around a #DucksSocial hashtag that had a reach of just over 4 million people.

Fans who tweeted with that hashtag had their tweets and photos displayed at Honda Center and on the Fox Sports West broadcast. Meanwhile, fans submitted questions to Fox Sports West analyst Guy Hebert using the hashtag #AskGuy, and he answered several of them on air. During the first intermission, George Parros took part in a Twitter Q&A answering questions submitted by fans using #AskGeorge, and you can see that chat here.

One unique aspect of the night was the Ducks players wearing jerseys during warmups that listed their Twitter handles on the backs, and the Ducks were the first NHL team ever to do that. Those who aren't on Twitter had either @AnaheimDucks or #NHLDucks on their backs, though Corey Perry (#ScoreyPerry) and Sami Vatanen (#TheVatman) had their own unique hashtags that are used often by fans on Twitter.  Here are some photos, and here is a mention of it on last night's SportsCenter. Cam Fowler wore the lone #DucksSocial jersey, and we held a contest in which we awarded the jersey to the fan who tweeted the best photo of Fowler wearing it. Here is the nicely done winning entry.

The jerseys, by the way, were autographed by the player who wore them and put on sale in the Ducks Team Store (there are some still remaining).

And oh yeah, it certainly didn't hurt that the Ducks routed the visiting Oilers 5-1 to claim a third straight Pacific Division title.

During the first intermission, we ran a segment on the video board in which the Ducks read harsh tweets about themselves. In case you missed it, here it is (and it's spectacular).

UPDATE: There has been some negative reaction on social media to the video because of an accusation that the tweets we used were fake. Full disclosure: Some of the tweets we used were edited, enhanced, changed a little bit or two tweets were combined into one -- all so we could get the best reactions possible from the players. That’s the reason why if you searched on Twitter for each tweet, you may not have seen them pop up. The point of the whole thing was to provide entertainment, let's not forget.

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