Hockeyy Insiderr, An Anonymous NHL Source, Is Nothing But a Fraud

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Sources…what are they? Who can we trust to bring us the “inside information” that we crave? How do we know for sure who a “source” is?

In January of last year, Kings of Kauffman  did an experiment when they fabricated a story about a trade going down and told it to a so-called “insider” on Twitter. Well what do you know, the “insider” reported that trade as fact, within a matter of hours. A complete fraud? You bet.

So, I decided to have some fun of my own and see if I could coax an “insider” to report some fake news.

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I had the perfect person in mind: “Hockeyy Insiderr,” a supposed ex-NHLer who has maintained many contacts around the league and has accumulated over 34,000 followers on Twitter. He breaks trades, remains anonymous, and has a website called insiderumors.com. 

This anonymous “insider” has made a name for himself by “breaking” rumors, signings, and trades before the mainstream media. Sometimes he is correct, and sometimes he is blatantly wrong, but the fact that he is able to reach a large amount of people with his reports is what draws attention to him.

Thus, I knew I had the right candidate to mess with.

My plan was simple: following the strategy used by Kings of Kauffman, I sought to contact him with a trade rumor and see if he would take the bait.

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Topics: Boston Bruins, Hockeyy Insiderr, San Jose Sharks

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  • http://www.facebook.com/bbanifatemi Brian Banifatemi

    Wow, this is great. Well done Eric, well done!

    • goldenbaysports

      Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/dmech06 dave mechler

    you can do a reverse IP address lookup to see where those emails were sent to further the proof on if he says where he’s been saying…

  • CoolStory

    Sweeeeeeeet job proving water is wet, guy. “Hey everyone, watch me get all up in arms about journalistic integrity after I purposefully trick someone into reporting false news, even after acknowledging that this whole story idea is lifted from someone who did literally this exact same thing less than a year ago!” Also, thanks for explaining the crazy methods you used to find his email address. Best part of this seat-edge thriller by far.

    • goldenbaysports

      Are you @HockeyyInsiderr in disguise?

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    Love this takedown. These kinds of stories are great because there are a lot of sites out there that pass along useful info to fans via reliable sources. Then you have clowns like this who stir everybody up just making educated guesses. He claims to have inside info then backtracks and says he is in the “rumors” business.

    • goldenbaysports

      “He claims to have inside info then backtracks and says he is in the “rumors” business”…well said, Patrick.

  • http://twitter.com/AnimatedHokie Cheri

    To prove that hockeyy insiderr is a ain’t exactly legit is cool, this was funny, but to be this bent out of shape about his twitter account seems silly. I’d like to think any self-respecting hockey fan doesn’t take every word of his as truth DUE to the fact that he’s so anonymous and could easily be some dude sitting in his basement. I doubt he gets paid for what he does so it’s not like he’s bound by any sort of a journalism code or anything. It’s probably just something he does for fun, because he can. I don’t think anyone’s surprised he’ll post any and all news he comes across. I won’t be following him because he has zero filter, but some people might like that hockey insiderr is essentially doing the work for them and gathering all possible information. I think we all know they’re just rumors. Any idiot should know to take any sort of trade news with a grain of salt until it’s published by their own team.

    • goldenbaysports

      All that you said was completely true, but what’s sad is that tens of thousands of people follow him, blindly convinced that he’s providing “behind the scenes” rumors. I, for one, follow him to see what hilarious, made-up “rumor” he comes up with next just to get a good laugh out of it (his latest is Alex Ovechkin going to the Sharks. I won’t even comment on how ridiculous that is.)

      Anything posted online that isn’t from the team should be taken with a grain of salt, especially those from an anonymous “insider.” If you must, follow those beat writers and journalists who actually work for a media source and have a job to report rumors and trades.

      • http://twitter.com/AnimatedHokie Cheri

        I’m a Capitals fan and that his HILARIOUS.

      • Stephanie Martinez

        To be honest, a few of those followers are just doing it to get a laugh. We all point out every time he is WRONG!