SAN JOSE, Calif. --
@seto1661 is no more.
, the 24-year-old right wing of the San Jose Sharks
, decided to delete his Twitter account following Friday night's loss to the Detroit Red Wings
. It was heartbreaking news for many, as Setoguchi had nearly 30,000 followers.
Setoguchi discussed his decision to delete the account following Sharks practice Saturday.
"It's just that time of year. You need to focus," Setoguchi said. "You don't need to read other stuff or promote anything. I just decided to go off."
Setoguchi was asked if close friend Logan Couture
, who is @LoganCouture on Twitter and has nearly 33,000 followers, can handle the social media tool by himself.
"Yeah, I'm sure he can," Setoguchi said with a laugh.
Setoguchi used his fame and the power of the Internet to help out a worthy cause. Once he reached 15,000 followers, he donated $5,000 to a cancer charity.
But those days are over. All he's concerned with is Sunday night's Game 5 against the Red Wings.
"It's great because I had like 30,000 people who got to live life or understand what I was doing," Setoguchi said. "That's the part that's the bad thing. I like to interact with fans, but it's that time of year. I'd rather just focus on what I need to do and not worry or read anything like that. It's just a personal thing. No one said anything that made me change my mind. I just decided it was over."
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