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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Austin, Texas

    The most popular hockey player on Wikipedia

    The most popular hockey player on Wikipedia?

    Over on Puck Drunk Love, David Rogers found a list from the WikiProject Ice Hockey group that ranks the most popular hockey-centric pages. The top five, in views per day:
    5. Mike Comrie (3,389)
    4. Wayne Gretzky (3,481)
    3. Mario Lemieux (3,600)
    2. National Hockey League (3,670)
    And at No. 1

    1. Al Montoya (8,110)
    What the what?
    Seeing New York Islanders Al Montoya top a list of the most popular hockey pages on Wikipedia is seeing a Bobcat Goldthwaite comedy win the box office. It begs for investigation into what find of nefarious "Vote For Rory"-esque campaign may have influenced these tallies.
    Writes Rogers:
    Unfortunately, Montoya's popularity on Wikipedia likely has nothing to do with his skills on the ice. In reality, Montoya's popularity might be due to confusion with the character from "The Princess Bride", Inigo Montoya.
    Searchers hunting for the infamous Inigo Montoya quote ("Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.") likely stumbled on the goaltender for the Islanders by mistake.
    Well, that's one theory.
    Here's another: The ranking is actually just for March 1, 2012 through March 31, 2012. Hence, Comrie's in the top five for the arrival of the Duffrie baby. Randy Carlyle is at No. 8 as the new head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Alex Radulov (No. 24) is ranked ahead of Gordie Howe (No. 45). And so on.
    But that doesn't explain "why Montoya?" and "why such a enormous margin between him and the NHL in terms of daily views?", considering he hardly played in March. One theory: Consider NASCAR driver Juan Montoya
    had a busy March, including a crash in practice. Consider he's from Colombia. Now, consider that the majority of the search traffic for "Al Montoya" originated in Colombia over the last 12 months. Maybe there was some stumbling upon Al Montoya's page.
    We want to believe Al Montoya is the most popular player on the Internet. Alas, he may have to settle for being second best goaltender on the Islanders. Maybe third when DiPietro's healthy. Ha! What do we mean "when"

    see al montoya's page and give him some more hits:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Chestnut Hill, MA
    Saw this on hf.... its pretty funny lmao

    New Video. Isles season highlights 2011-12!

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    I think it's just popular because he plays for us!!!

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