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Twitter mishap inflames Battle of Alberta

Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers is chased by Jared Cowen #2 of the Ottawa Senators during an...

Ales Hemsky #83 of the Edmonton Oilers is chased by Jared Cowen #2 of the Ottawa Senators during an NHL game at Scotiabank Place on February 11, 2012 in Ottawa, Canada. (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images/AFP)

RANDY SPORTAK, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:05 PM ET

A little birdie told the world ... something he shouldn't have said and inflamed the Battle of Alberta.

The Calgary Flames learned the dangers of the quickly moving social media world Friday and were forced to apologize for a message which went out on the team's official Twitter account.

"@NHLFlames: $10 Million over two years for Hemsky is the funniest thing I've heard in a long, long time. I hope it happens. #whatajoke," was a message sent out in the early afternoon.

The message was meant to be sent from an employee's personal account in reaction to rumours the Edmonton Oilers were about to sign forward Ales Hemsky to a two-year, $10-million contract.

The Flames removed the tweet from the official account, but posted it on the team's website, as well as an explanation.

"Earlier today an inappropriate tweet was sent from our @NHLFlames account by a staff member. The below tweet was meant to come from a personal account, which we do not condone either, but mistakenly made its way onto our timeline.

"It is an internal issue that will be dealt with and it does not reflect the thoughts and opinions of the Calgary Flames organization."

The team also immediately apologized via Twitter.

randy.sportak@sunmedia.ca

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