Paul Bissonnette, better known as Biz Nasty, might be one of the most famous hockey players of his generation – not always for his play, but instead for his social media presence.
The man who was infamously known for having his first Twitter account shut down, returned with his BizNasty2Point0 account and continued to make the entire hockey world laugh. Even as he transitioned out of the NHL and into the “Jungle” as he calls it (The minors) he continued to be one of the most popular players online.
Now, he has accepted a new position as an analyst with the Pheonix Coyotes broadcast team in what should be an exciting addition for any fans in the area – there are few better ambassadors of the game.
Well, he also said goodbye to everyone that made his time in the NHL special and he did it exactly how you’d expect him to.
“Well. That's all she wrote. I got to live my dream of playing pro hockey for 12 fucking years. Can you believe that? Man did it fly by.
First and foremost I want to thank all the guys I ever played with. We had some fun times. From Wheeling, West Virginia, all the way to the National League and back to the Jungle (aka AHL). I got to play with some OK players along the way too. Sidney Crosby. Evgeni Malkin. Shane Doan. You may have heard of them.
Not a big deal.
Also want to thank every coach I ever had. More importantly to the coach who told me to just start fighting because my skills were dog shit. Obviously the reason I got to play in the NHL. Also would like to thank all the trainers and staff I've ever had. They don't get enough credit.
To hockey fans everywhere. I've had an awesome time engaging with you throughout the years. Even when you ripped me on Twitter then I'd make fun of you back. I Can't do that anymore because I'm a backup radio announcer now. A glorified bagel boy.
Last but not least my friends, family, and girlfriend. Lots of ups and downs through a 12 year hockey career. Couldn't have gotten through them without you.
Well anyway. That's all I got. Back to your regular scheduled programming.”
We’ll miss you on the ice Biz, but if being in the booth means we get to hear from you more often, we’re all for it.
He’s already started working on more projects within the media, as he should be releasing a mini-doc series called Biz Nasty Does BC sometime soon. It’s basically him touring around Vancouver, doing some of the coolest stuff possible alongside a series of NHL stars.
We are excited to see the next chapter in your career, but it’s sad to see we’ll never see the dream team together again.