Taylor Hall, Brad Marchand voted NHL’s social media MVPs by fans

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We won’t know until next Wednesday whether finalist Taylor Hall receives the Hart Trophy for his dominant performance in 2017-18, but he’s already got one MVP award wrapped up thanks to his elite social media skills. The New Jersey Devils winger was recognized by hockey fans for his excellent Twitter game in the NHL Fan Choice Awards, a just-for-fun social media campaign that handed out awards for some of the best hockey player highlights away from the rink.

The award for top tweet — “To the player who dug deep and gave 110 per cent to this post” — as voted by fans, went to Hall’s hilarious shoutout to Selena Gomez after the singer was spotted wearing his No. 9 Devils sweater while out with Justin Bieber.

If there was a “most improved” category, our money would be on Hall for that one too.

Other categories include best hockey smile (just guess who that one went to…), favourite bromance, heartthrob and best Instagram account. See the full results here. But in the meantime, here are a few highlights:

Brad Marchand, known for getting under his opponents’ skin during games, can also deliver a decent dig via Twitter. He took home the “social agitator” award for best chirper.

We suspect tweets like these also contributed to the Twitter title:

Might we have a big pupset on our hands in the best dog category? Marc-Edouard Vlasic and his cute crew are a 13/10 fan favourite, but it’s underdogs Harvey and Charlie Giroux, roommates of Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, who won the award.

Let’s go Flyers #doesthisjerseymakemybuttlookbig #gameday #alsoneedahaircut #fluffyfamily #flyersfamily

1,258 Likes, 29 Comments – Harvey and Charlie Giroux (@harvandcharlie) on Instagram: “Let’s go Flyers #doesthisjerseymakemybuttlookbig #gameday #alsoneedahaircut #fluffyfamily…”

Their Instagram account is filled with gems like this:

Quick jaunt to gramma’s for dinner!

1,034 Likes, 48 Comments – Harvey and Charlie Giroux (@harvandcharlie) on Instagram: “Quick jaunt to gramma’s for dinner! “

As for the best overall Instagram account, that honour went to Erik Karlsson, whose Halloween photos alone may have earned him the title.

Lady boss #Halloween

A post shared by Erik Karlsson (@erikkarlsson65) on

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