Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson creates Twitter frenzy

Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson. (FILE PHOTO)

Senators defenceman Erik Karlsson. (FILE PHOTO)

DON BRENNAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:43 PM ET

OTTAWA - Erik Karlsson took a very positive and significant step forward Tuesday afternoon.

The Senators defenceman finally joined Twitter.

How it took so long for a happening, 21-year old Swede to get with the times, we'll never know. Especially when it's Karlsson, who does most everything so quickly.

Anyway, now hockey fans all over the world can keep up to speed with the game's best blue-liner simply by following @ErikKarlsson65. In the first four hours, more than 17,000 had clicked on to his list.

As a guy who dares to be different (Karlsson's first public appearance at Scotiabank Place following last summer saw him wearing a pink Barbra Streisand T-shirt) we half expected one of his first tweets would be the grand announcement for which everyone awaits. We even used Google Translate to decipher public messages to his brother Pelle and Swedish friends.


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