It was Kevin Shattenkirk’s rookie year, and he and Chris Stewart had just been traded from the Colorado Avalanche to the St. Louis Blues. Something about the occasion made Shattenkirk feel like it was the right time to expand his social media presence and get a Twitter account.
One of the first steps is creating a handle, which serves as your identity in this medium. Recognizing the importance, Shattenkirk didn’t want to come up with something crappy and asked Stewart for help. Like most hockey nicknames, Shattenkirk’s is some version of his last name abbreviated, so “Shatty” or “Shatt.” He tried to combine that with his jersey number, 22, so he suggested @Shatty22. Stewart had a better idea.
“He was like, ‘What about ‘Shattdeuces?'” Shattenkirk said. “Without even thinking about the other translations or what it would be perceived as, Shattdeuces was born, I guess.”
That was six years ago, and Shattenkirk has kept the handle @shattdeuces, which implies defecation. The Capitals’ blockbuster trade for Shattenkirk earlier this week gave the team a stacked defensive corps and improved its Stanley Cup chances. It also brought one of the funnier athlete Twitter accounts to Washington.
Once Shattenkirk realized the double meaning in it, he naturally appreciated it even more. He has the same handle on Instagram.
“I loved it,” Shattenkirk said. “Once it came out, it was just something really fun to go with. Once people [started] hitting me back on Twitter about it, it’s just something we had a good laugh about.”
Shattenkirk said he’s “hot and cold” with how active he is on social media, but he likes using it to reveal more of his personality to his 122,000-plus followers. Capitals forward T.J. Oshie, who played with Shattenkirk in St. Louis for four years, said the creative handle is right in line with Shattenkirk’s lighthearted nature.
“He had it before I knew him,” Oshie said. “It’s obviously pretty comical. That’s kind of the type of guy he is. He’s a jokester. He’s a guy that kind of makes everyone laugh. Maybe early it’s going to be hard for him to do that, but definitely he fits in really well here.”
“It’s just become my new nickname, my new persona,” Shattenkirk said. “I’m sure it’ll catch on here, and I’m sure Osh will be making sure all of the guys are using it.”