Tony X. discovers hockey, becomes accidental Twitter star

Brian Elliott calls in to Hockey Central at Noon to discuss the St. Louis Blues topping the Chicago Blackhawks in a thrilling Game 7 and what he expects from the Dallas Stars in the next round.

Wise words from a decent man.

That’s the promise given before you scroll the Twitter feed for sports fan Tony X. (@soloucity), whose following has skyrocketed something crazy since the St. Louis man discovered hockey, and the hockey community — including Vladimir Tarasenko and Roberto Luongo — discovered him.

On April 24, just over 1,000 people were treated to Tony’s wisdom. By April 28? More than 65,000, and climbing.

Anthony Holmes, probably the greatest fan to live-tweet a hockey game, has become so popular so quickly, he landed on Good Morning America Thursday, and Blues legend Brett Hull invited him to his first game. Watch:

“I knew zero about hockey,” Holmes, 26, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I’d never even watched a game before the other night. Honestly, I was looking for the Cardinals game to watch them.

“Hockey got pretty exciting real quick. It was just nonstop action – it was like I was almost having a panic attack every time somebody shot at the goal. Football is exciting, but after every play they take a break. Hockey never stops. It just never stops.”

To read Tony’s tweets, which began during the epic Blues-Blackhawks series, is to see the game through clear eyes. Just a sampler plate of his SFW gems:

Tony has already engaged in a brilliant interaction with Luongo and ordered a Tarasenko sweater after the Blues sniper suggested he get one:

What an awesome story of playoff excitement winning over a new fan. Tony even has his outfit all picked out for Scottrade Center on Tuesday:

Oh, and about that no-playoff-teams-thing, Canada? We can take solace in knowing that Tony X., may soon be one of us:

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