Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews have always had a brother-type relationship on and off the ice since coming up to the National Hockey League together in 2007-08, and now their bromance has shifted to social media.
Toews, who turned 28 years old last Friday, received birthday wishes all day from fans on Twitter, including Kane, who doesn't tweet often — at least during the season.
While the birthday wish was appreciated, the Blackhawks captain still felt a little empty:
Thx man, seriously though what's with the no-follow https://t.co/odMLlU0XWI— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
It took a few days but Kane eventually gave in on Wednesday and followed Toews, albeit reluctantly:
@JonathanToews Sorry, didn't think you would be interesting enough to follow. Here's your follow sir— Patrick Kane (@88PKane) May 4, 2016
Meanwhile, Toews is still getting the hang of Twitter.
Many of the replies he gets are from fans calling him "dad" or "goat," and he can't figure out why:
I guess I am an old man if I don't know what a goat or a dad is on Twitter.. @88PKane ur so cool what are these people talking about— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
The Blackhawks even offered to inform him what it means, but the fans were quick to let Toews know (GOAT is short for "greatest of all time"):
Ha thx guys.. happy to know I'm not getting chirped 100% of the time.. And yeah I read the tweets, fans you guys are the real GOATs.— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
Signing off for the day, Toews couldn't help but throw a friendly jab at Kane:
@88PKane u are an actual 🐐.. Ok I'm done for the day— Jonathan Toews (@JonathanToews) May 4, 2016
Oh, and Scott Darling joined in on the fun later on, posting a GIF of an actual goat:
It's safe to say the Blackhawks aren't used to these long summers. Chicago isn't either.