Rule one of the NHL’s new social media policy: All blog posts and articles on this subject must begin with a photo of Paul Bissonnette.

Yesterday the news broke that the NHL is planning on implementing a social media policy for the upcoming season. The policy certainly makes sense. Other North American professional sports leagues and most companies have similar policies so it’s understandable that the NHL would follow in their footsteps.

However, we were all still a little confused as to what the policy would actually contain. Sure, we already know about the “social media blackout window before, during and after games, as well as during practice and any other team obligations,” but what else would be in it?

Would it prevent any future #DanEllisProblems? Would it stop former players from getting into arguments with angry fans? Would Daniel Carcillo ever be allowed near a phone or a computer again?

We have no idea, so we looked to the best possible way to find accurate information available today: Twitter. Somewhere in between Tweets about Scarlett Johansson and the little girls proclaiming their love for Justin Bieber, we found the #NHLsocialmediapolicy hashtag and all of our problems were solved.

Here’s the best of what we’ve discovered so far:


Now we understand the policy completely. It’s really funny and will waste a lot of our time every day. That’s exactly what we like around here.