I discovered that Elias has a Facebook fan page a few weeks ago, and while it’s short of content (for now), it takes you to some interesting places and seems to be populated somewhat regularly with syndicated news feeds. A few emails back and forth, and perhaps some trackbacks from his sports management team, and I ended up on Elias’ blog roll; his Facebook page now has a badge on the sidebar of this blog.
If you’re on Facebook, check it out, become a fan, and be vocal. Or at least feed the Czech language comments through an online translator if you want creative Rock signage ideas. If you’re not on Facebook, then you don’t know that Elias has his own church. He probably doesn’t know that either, which is partly what makes it fun.
Increasingly, Facebook is being used to create vibrant communities ranging from a few people (check out those of us who favor “mixed crustaceans” on Facebook) to a few thousand – the Washington Capitals use Facebook and other social media to alert fans when there are last-minute tickets available for a game. It’s a great way to keep your most die-hard fans in the loop, and at least make them feel like they’re getting direct access without media filtration, time constraints, language barriers, or non-hockey aware editorial types intermediating the bit stream. Octagon promises that Elias will begin putting up content on a regular basis.
In the meantime, he’s had a great two games – Friday night’s goal was a thing of beauty, the kind of play that made Bubba and me move him to the top of the favorite Devils list; Saturday’s 3-point night made all of the difference in the game. Maybe it’s me; maybe I just haven’t been watching enough Devils hockey with my travel schedule, but Elias was moving more, creating space and time with the puck, being aggressive on the forecheck, and playing well, like Patrik Elias. It’s the kind of (TV) face time that we love.