New Capital Kevin Shattenkirk has a rather humorous social media handle for Twitter and Instagram. It's @Shattdeuces, which has to reference a poop joke, right? But how – and why – did Shattenkirk decide on that handle?
Isabella Khurshudyan of The Washington Post asked Shattenkirk that exact question. He filled her in on the whole backstory.
Six years ago when Shattenkirk created a Twitter account, he didn't want a lame username, so he asked Chris Stewart, then his St. Louis Blues teammate, for some help.
Shattenkirk's original plan was to go with @Shatty22 to use his nickname and jersey number, but the first draft is hardly ever the best. Inspired, Stewart took things in a poopier direction.
“He was like, ‘What about @Shattdeuces?'” Shattenkirk told Khurshudyan. “Without even thinking about the other translations or what it would be perceived as, @Shattdeuces was born, I guess.”
It seems unlikely that Shattenkirk didn't pick up the potty humor right away, but we'll take him at his word. Once he did realize it though, @Shattdeuces seemed even more perfect.
“I loved it,” Shattenkirk said. “Once people [started] hitting me back on Twitter about it, it’s just something we had a good laugh about.”
Capitals' forward T.J Oshie, who played with Shattenkirk in St. Louis, said @Shattdeuces is a pretty accurate reflection of its owner.
“That’s kind of the type of guy he is. He’s a jokester. He’s a guy that kind of makes everyone laugh," Oshie said. "Maybe early it’s going to be hard for him to do that, but definitely, he fits in really well here.”
Shattenkirk does not use social media 24/7, but when he does, it's obvious he's a character.
Looks like STL is gonna smelling a whole lot of Stank for the next five years! Well deserved @Steener20— Kevin Shattenkirk (@shattdeuces) September 23, 2016
Sometimes Shattenkirk even goes by "Shattdeuces."
“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.”
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