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Communication student Richard Loat, known as @mozy19 in the Twitter universe.

Undergrad a Canucks social media icon

April 8, 2010

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In the Twitter universe he’s @mozy19, a take-no-prisoners Vancouver Canucks commentator whose thousands of followers include regular fans, sports reporters and even Canucks players and coaching staff.

But to friends and family, and readers at both canuckshockeyblog.com and SFU’s student newspaper, The Peak, he’s just plain Richard Loat, mild-mannered third-year communication student.

Okay, not so mild-mannered. Even superstar goalie Roberto Luongo is not immune from Loat’s rapier keystrokes.

When the popular team captain blamed a recent string of poor performances on a change in the team’s playing style, Loat wrote "Luongo needs to get his head checked.

"We didn’t sign this guy for 12 years and agree to front load his contract so he gets 10 million dollars in the first year of that deal to be an excuse maker."

The 21-year-old’s following and sophisticated grasp of the game is all the more remarkable given that a decade ago he’d never even heard of ice hockey.

The son of an Indian mother and English father, Loat emigrated from Dubai to West Vancouver with his family in 1999.

Three years later he watched his first hockey game—Canada’s 2002 Olympic gold-medal victory over the U.S.—and he was immediately hooked.

"I absolutely fell in love with the sport," says Loat, "and it’s just taken off from there."

When Facebook opened to the general public in 2006, Loat, now a die-hard Canucks fan, started his own application to promote the team. It was an overnight sensation.

"I started in October 2007 and by December it got up to 40 or 50 thousand fans, and that’s when the Canucks took notice."

A blogging home on the Canucks Fan Zone soon followed, and after that Twitter, where as @mozy19 Loat now has more than 35,000 tweets, almost 3,000 individual followers and 270 lists.

He is currently doing an internship in California and will be back on campus this fall.

Loat’s social-media career hasn’t made him a dime, although he says it has led to some business opportunities.

"But I don’t do it for the money," he adds. "If I wasn’t affiliated with the Canucks, I still would be doing this."

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