Hodgemail: Was Kings' tweet in good fun or inappropriate? Staff

4/12/2012 8:54:39 PM

The first-round series between the Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks is already getting nasty - and it's not on the ice.

Just minutes after their 4-2 win over the top-seeded Canucks and taking home-ice advantage away from the defending conference champions, someone in the Kings organization sent out a simple one-line message on the team's official Twitter account.

"To everyone in Canada outside of BC, you're welcome," it read.

Another shot across the bow at the team that some regard as the most hated in the National Hockey League?

To some media and fans, it was downright offensive. To others, it made for some great late-night laughs. To the Los Angeles Kings, it didn't sit well with senior members of the organization.

"We encourage our digital team to be creative, interactive and to apply a sense of humour whenever possible," said Mike Altieri, the Kings vice-president of communications and broadcasting. "To anyone who found it offensive we sincerely apologize."

So here was Dave's question to you: Was the Los Angeles Kings' "You're Welcome" tweet to the rest of Canada in good fun, or inappropriate?

And here are the answers that Dave liked best:

Rocco writes: "Surely Vancouverites already knew how hated their team was. If not, this was a public service announcement."

Joshua, in a message to his fellow Canuck fans everywhere:  "Embrace the hate."

And there's plenty to embrace, including this from Adam: "I'm offended, at being left out of the tweet. Are the Kings not aware that many like me, inside British Columbia, are rooting against the Canucks?"

Drew offers this: "I dislike the Canucks unless I have a reason to dislike their opponents more, and now I do."

This from Jeff: "Maybe this will motivate the Canucks - they need it."

Rob says: "I'm not that familiar with the Canucks, so when I was told about their diving and their whining, I assumed it was hyperbole. But I watched last night and…they're revolting."

Matt writes: "The answer is as simple as ABC - Anyone But Canucks."

Last word to Francois: "It was brilliant. Nice to see a team with some personality in the otherwise boring and conservative NHL."

And Dave's Reply to All:

The rest of Canada has to decide what's more important - its apparent dislike of the Canucks or the apparent disappointment that is attached to Canada's 18-year Stanley Cup drought that was called "pathetic" in a Globe and Mail editorial.

I'm going to suggest that the rest of Canada contains a lot of hockey fans who are waiting to see which way the wind blows - they'll have fun at the Canucks' expense if the Canucks lose, or they'll have fun waving a Canadian flag if the Canucks manage to win the Stanley Cup.

As for the Kings' Twitter fun, that's all it was, except for the fact a team that is dealing with a Stanley Cup drought of its own, more than twice as long as Canada's, should probably wait 'til it wins more than one playoff game before it displays any smugness.

The humour may have been lost on the happy-go-lucky coach Darryl Sutter.