Bissonnette tweets way to stardom

ERIC FRANCIS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:25 PM ET

Twit or get off the pot.

That’s the position Phoenix Coyotes tough guy Paul Bissonnette recently found himself in after running out of toilet paper.

So, he did what any rational-minded citizen would do – he told the world via Twitter, eliciting a most unlikely response.

“I twittered about toilet paper because I ran out about two or three weeks ago and didn’t have any for two days and was going across the street to the restaurant to take care of business,” explained Bissonnette before Tuesday’s ’Dome tilt against the Flames.

“Sure enough, (Monday) night I showed up in my hotel room here in Calgary and there were nine rolls of toilet paper there — nice ones too, the comfy stuff.”

Turned the out the somewhat charitable donation came from the hotel’s concierge, whose boyfriend is one of Bissonnette’s 10,000 followers on the social networking site.

“It came with a letter too,” he laughed.

“Now I want cable so hopefully someone can help me out there and fill up my gas tank — just get errands run for me on Twitter.”

His hygienic stash and humourous takes on PT Cruisers aren’t the only things the fourth-line winger offers up. He also has a penchant for giving homeless people money, as he did following his meal out with teammate Taylor Pyatt and two pals Monday.

“I saw a few homeless guys walk by during dinner and I got really excited because I hadn’t seen one in awhile,” said Bissonnette.

“Outside Earl’s I went up and gave one of them some American money. He cracked a beer and told me he was going to spend the money on more booze. At least he was being honest.”

Bissonnette snapped a photo of the two together and posted it on Twitter.

“They struggle day-to-day and while I make the least amount in the league ($612,500 — not the lowest) and I think it’s a helluva lot of money so it’s just good to give back,” said Bissonnette, a partner in Sauce Hockey, which sells hats and t-shirts with proceeds going to a homeless shelter in Phoenix.

“I love when they go above and beyond to get money or food from you. One guy had a sign that said ‘Family kidnapped by ninjas and need money for karate lessons.’

“That’s hilarious — like Yuk-Yuk’s. If anybody can’t give up a couple bucks for that…”

If the NHL had 100 Paul Bissonnettes, the games might be filled with endless fights, but it certainly wouldn’t have the marketing woes it has long faced. He’s a rare character in a sport that sometimes forgets it’s in the entertainment business. This summer he was asked by his agent to cease and desist as his 140-word postings were, at times, a little too colourful.

“I shut it down because I didn’t want to get in trouble, but then the team got some letters asking why they made me shut it down,” said Bissonnette, backed by Twitter fans who created a campaign to get him back online.

“They started a whole revolution — t-shirts and a gal made a sticker. It’s getting crazy. Shutting it down sucked because people took it seriously. It’s there to joke around and interact with fans. You try to let them in on your life when you think something’s funny.”

As of yesterday afternoon, 10,004 fans followed biznasty2point0 him, making him the ninth-most popular NHLer. Teammate Adrian Aucoin isn’t one of them.

“I wouldn’t say I follow him, but I’m very aware of what he’s writing on there,” smiled Aucoin.

“I’m not registered or whatever on Twitter, but I know what’s going on.”

Like the photo Bissonnette posted of his mom holding up a pair of underwear.

“I don’t think my mom knows she was holding her gitch up for 10,000 people to see,” he said.

“I’ll keep it clean.”

Something nine rolls of toilet paper (and Coyotes PR maven Rich Nairn) should be able to help with.

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