Jordan Binnington knew the question was coming. He had just arrived at Canada's world junior team selection camp and was talking about his Twitter account – @BinnNasty – when the conversation turned to Paul Bissonnette, who owns one of the more entertaining accounts (@BizNasty2point0) on the social media network.
“I thought you would ask about him. I knew it was coming. That's one of the reasons I'm thinking of changing [my Twitter name] to be honest,” Binnington, a goalie with the Owen Sound Attack, said while wearing a big smile. “He's a funny guy. He's a character and says some funny stuff on there and obviously I look up to that. I like his sense of humour and how he is. He's himself in front of the public and that's how I like to be.”
Much like Bissonnette, who ended his junior career in Owen Sound, Binnington fills his Twitter feed with quirky, funny messages. Here's a sampling:
- Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or 1 horse-sized duck?
- To the person who created the Trane A/C unit that's in my room... I could sleep better listening to a cd called loud machinery noises
- I swear whenever I go to the bathroom on the bus we take an off road detour than I come out and were back on the highway #neednewsocks
- What I would do for an adult size one of these pic.twitter.com/7q8iUxgd
- Sitting the same distance away from 40" tv at home as I am right now with a 22 ft tall tv. Which means neck massage from Brownie tomorrow.
- Only good thing about this weather is that no cops will pull you over. Positives in everything.
- I've been thinking. Why do men go bald but women don't?
But, believe it or not, Binnington's Twitter name is not based on Bissonnette's, but rather comes from former Attack teammate Rob Mignardi, who dubbed him BinnNasty during the team's run to the Memorial Cup in 2011. Owen Sound didn't win the title, but Binnington was named the tournament's top goalie.
So, if Binnington, who is second in the OHL with 17 wins this season, does change his handle on Twitter to avoid the Bissonnette questions then what will his new one be? He said he's considering changing it to @BinnNastyL8ly. Why?
“Because, I'm feeling nasty lately,” he says with a straight face.
Binnington, picked in the third round of the 2011 draft by St. Louis, is not just a guy, who zings one-liners. He is more than happy to discuss some of the inane trivia he brings up on Twitter. Here are his thoughts on the duck-sized horse vs. horse-sized duck issue:
“It'd kind of be hard to fight the horse-sized duck, because it'd be pretty big with that beak [bobs head forward] it could hit you. With 100 little ones around you, you can just kick them in the face, kick them around, fight them, probably would be a little easier to take out the little ones and you could keep a couple. You know? They're pretty cute.”
Binnington believes his sense of humour will help him relax and grab a roster spot at the pressure-packed selection camp. He is competing with Belleville's Malcolm Subban, Saginaw's Jake Paterson and Edmonton's Laurent Brossoit. Canada will take three netminders to Russia for the tournament. The team will be named Thursday night.
“You got to stay relaxed, just try and keep everyone relaxed here and just go with the flow and capitalize on your opportunities and show what you can do,” Binnington, who has stopped 12 of 13 shots faced in the camp so far, said.
If Binnington does make the team that could help boost his number of Twitter followers. Right now he has just over 2,100.
“Follow me if you're enjoying it,” Binnington said, almost as if he was issuing a warning. “Don't follow me for the sake of following me."
Then he pauses for a second before continuing.
“I don't know,” he said starting to grin. “I guess I'd like a little more than 2,000.”