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Habs Tweetup at the Forum

Thursday, August 26, 2010

by Flyers Rule, Habs Tweetup

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- That's right folks, you read that correctly - Habs Tweetup at the Montreal Forum! OK, so maybe I'm talking about our Habs Tweetup section in the newly "renovated" Montreal Forum discussion board - but STILL! It's exciting!

In case you haven't heard, The Montreal Forum discussion board has been rejuvenated! If you've ever found yourself wanting to have conversations with other Habs fans that are longer than 140 characters, then The Montreal Forum (another component in the All Habs network) is the solution you've been looking for. Be sure to read the All Habs article entitled The Montreal Forum Re-Opens - you'll find lots of information there on what the discussion board is all about and how you can become a part of it!

Habs Tweetup also has a "home" on the Forum - you can chat with friends from all over the world about your experiences at HabsTweetups, plans you'd like to make for upcoming events and more, just by clicking on the Meet Habs Fans category. There's lots to explore, so register today and we'll see you at the Forum!

photo credit: RJ Stephens


HabsTweetup in Connecticut

Monday, August 23, 2010

by Flyers Rule, Habs Tweetup

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- Who says you need a hockey game in order to have a HabsTweetup? Habs fans will use any reason to gather together...even in the offseason! In fact recently, two Twitter friends asked All Habs to set up a HabsTweetup simply for them to meet and hang out!

@kuyaz and @smalrus represented the Habs faithful at their very own HabsTweetup held in Connecticut in mid-July, when @kuyaz was in town from Toronto. From what we've heard, they shared a few cold beverages and hit the jackpot with all-you-can-eat wing night at McLaddens in West Hartford Center.

It just goes to prove that whether there are 2 or 52 people in attendance, a HabsTweetup provides the perfect opportunity for tweeps to meet, mix and mingle! In this case, a Twitter friendship that was forged months ago was further solidified by having the opportunity to finally meet each other in person for a memorable evening. (@smalrus tweeted that "I've been deemed by @kuyaz as worthy enough for him to come for a Montreal #habstweetup!")

And when you think about it, there is an incredible "multiplier effect" to consider - even though @kuyaz and @smalrus where the only two people actually enjoying wings and beer at McLaddens, hundreds of people were also there in virtual form, as tweets between the two and their followers carried on throughout the evening. We've even had the opportunity in the past to use technology to its fullest potential and expand the reach of the HabsTweetup to distant places...Skype is a perfect way to have far-off friends join the party if they can't physically be there!

So where will the next HabsTweetup turn up? It could be in a city near you! In fact, a number of HabsTweetups are already scheduled for the start of the upcoming hockey on the RSVP for a HabsTweetup tab at the top of the page to reserve your seat. Don't see one in your area? Click on the Host a Habs Tweetup tab to find out how to host one!


2nd Annual NHL Amateur Draft HabsTweetup

Saturday, August 21, 2010

by Flyers Rule, Habs Tweetup

PHILADELPHIA, PA -- It's a weekend still talked about today - people fondly reminiscing about the good times they had and the friends they met at the 1st Annual NHL Amateur Draft Habstweetup in Montreal. Well this year the draft may have moved on to a different city, but that wouldn't stop the fun-loving folks in Montreal from resurrecting another Draft Habstweetup!

For me, it was the anniversary of my first-ever trip to Canada so of course I had to make the return trip again...the drive is definitely worth attending any HabsTweetup! The venue was our reliable meeting spot: Ye Olde Orchard...with perfect seats for viewing the draft coverage on the main room's projector screen TV. It was a great mix of people from the first Draft Habstweetup together again, joined by a few folks who had recently discovered Habstweetups, as well as some friendly new faces. I was also pleasantly surprised to see that Gary Whittaker and Nick Murdocco (hosts of The Franchise on the Team990) had stopped by to find out what the HabsTweetup craze was all about!

Friendly debate and conversation ensued as everyone filled out an informal poll to determine who they believed the Canadiens would select as their 1st Round pick (27th overall). Possibilities for whom the Habs should sign as a backup for Carey Price were also discussed as free agency loomed right around the corner. Later, attendees competed against each other to answer as many questions correctly as they could in the All Habs Draft Trivia Challenge. Congratulations to @kyleroussel and @theactivestick who tied for first place! Prizes were awarded to them, as well as the second and third place runners-up (@EP31 and @HabItHerWay). There was even a prize for "creative answers" which went to @metricjulie!

Of course all of this was happening in and around the main event - the 1st Round of the NHL Amateur Draft! It was an evening filled with some predictable choices along with some unexpected moves (see the corresponding article on the All Habs site by clicking HERE). Overall it provided some interesting conversation and speculation regarding the upcoming season. Another fantastic HabsTweetup in the books! If you weren't there, you missed out for sure - but you can still check out the night's photos (and many more) by clicking HERE!


One Montreal Weekend in March / Ode to a Habs Tweetup

Sunday, August 15, 2010

by chile_pepper,

VANCOUVER, BC -- Hi there, my name is Veronica and I am a Habs fan of the only variety of Habs fan there is: die-hard. Have been since I can remember. Many of you know me on Twitter as @chile_pepper and about 50 of you I've MET/met, for real. And it was all thanks to a magical event known as a Habs Tweetup.

Also, if you know me, you know that I talk, A LOT, and you may also know that I recently started blogging. Okay, so if you either know me 'IRL' or have read any of my blog posts, you know that I am verbose and veer in different directions. I will try to keep this as succinct as possible, but with the primary focus here being my love for my 'tweeps', I can't make any promises that it'll be short but I can promise that the love for the tweeps is a straight road, no exits. Meaning, I'll remain focussed.

It all started a long, long time ago in a little hospital in Santiago, Chile. JUST KIDDING. It all started a little over a year ago, on a little social networking site called Twitter. I joined Twitter at the urging of a friend, but looked at it once and left it for about 6 months. Didn't get it.

Then I looked at it again, and I still remember this, even though it was over 25,000 tweets ago: I was watching a Habs game (I watch every single game thanks to the RDS channel), and I tweeted (something like) 'I love watching the Habs on RDS, because there's no mistaking who they're rooting for.' Then I got my very first @ reply, EVER. It was from Mr. @All_Habs himself, asking what I thought about RDS's obtuseness and lack of objectivity (or something like that). Then he followed me. And I thought, I'm having a conversation! I'm in a Twitter relationship! Whee!

And that was it. Day after day, after tweeting the word 'Habs', I was gaining & following tens upon tens then hundreds of fantastic, fabulous, wonderful, beautiful, shiny, delightful, amazing people who were HABS FANS. Habs fans, yo!! After living in Vancouver for years and only having my brothers to talk to about my beloved team, all of a sudden, there were HUNDREDS of people who loved les glorieux as much as I. They were from all over the country too - concentrated mainly in Montreal of course, but there were tweeps in the Maritimes, Ontario, the prairies, and even, yes, B.C. Even the U.S.!

We had a great time 'getting to know' each other during last year's off-season. And we had A LOT to talk about. Naming a coach. And who could forget the 'smurfs'? Then the season began, and I was watching the games 'with' everyone on Twitter. Swoon with love.

One morning in January, I decided to treat myself to a Montreal getaway. First to-do: see when I could possibly manage that - it had to be before April because, let's face it - a lot of us were worried we wouldn't be making the playoffs. Found a Friday I could easily take off in March, then spend a whirlwind weekend in Montreal.

Here's how single moms do it: get my mother to keep that weekend free to spend it with my kids. Book an Air Canada flight on points. Book a room at very nice hotel downtown, also on points.

Then, the last order of business: send an e-mail to my friend @All_Habs saying: What are the chances of a Habs tweetup in Montreal when I go there in March? His response, bless his HEART, was: "100%." And he and the All_Habs team proceeded to organize an event that would surpass my wildest expectations - by a million miles.

My flight landed in Montreal the evening of Friday, March 19th. I was met at the airport by @All_Habs (I didn't even know what he actually looked like, by the way - on Twitter his avatar is simply the All Habs logo!!), @metricjulie and @kyleroussel. You have no idea how touched I was - 3 people whom I'd never met in person met me at the AIRPORT. In MONTREAL. During rush hour. Unbelievable.

The hospitality simply blew me away. And I was thrilled they were each exactly as I'd imagined they would be. @All_Habs has a dry wit, and sober, measured thoughts. His is the voice of reason. Julie is kind, funny and smart, a girl involved in the man's world of sports radio - no easy task. She's amazing. Kyle has a punchline for everything, and had a funny story of watching the Canada/USA gold medal hockey game in Central America. The 4 of us went to wait out the rush hour and get a couple of drinks at some fine establishment near the airport. It was like we already knew each other! And I guess we already did.

Next, off to downtown Montreal to get checked in to the hotel & go meet the fabulous @amanada11 for dinner at l'Académie on Crescent. Again, like meeting an old friend - she even brought wine, and a little gift - you guys, can you even imagine? Our conversation picked up from many mini-Twitter conversations we'd previously had. And she was exactly like I knew she would be: sweet, thoughtful, and intelligent. Guys: she's a doctor!! @Sabotek joined us there, and I hadn't engaged as much with her on Twitter before meeting her, and oh, is she FUNNY. Had me cracking up.

We left from dinner to meet @Sabotek's sister, @Sam_Cat, equally as funny as her big sis, and @Jump4Jay, whom I hadn't had the pleasure of previously meeting on Twitter. When he agreed with me that neither Timmy Ho's nor Starbucks could make as good a cup of coffee as good ol' homemade French-pressed, I was sold. I found him on Twitter and followed him then and there.

Next morning: game day!! Soooo excited. The second-to-none gorgeous and amazing @FlyersRule came to pick me up from the hotel, after having spent the previous day driving in from PHILADELPHIA. This girl doesn't mess around. She also came bearing gifts. So thoughtful. First time meeting in person, again, like old friends. This is going to be a recurring theme. She took
me to Old Montreal where we had lunch and girl talk, then took me to where I'd been dreaming of: the Bell Centre.

@FlyersRule played patient photographer as I had my picture taken from various angles with the

statues of the greats. I then dropped a gross amount of money at the
store. I had to have one of everything, including jerseys & foam fingers for my kids. It was like a CANDY STORE. But BETTER. @emihawk (sweet and perfect gentleman) met us there and went in to the store to have Kenny Dryden's name put on to his jersey. I practiced a little French with him, he practiced his English. @Anne_Laur joined us soon thereafter. She is the cutest thing you can imagine, and took the famous picture (famous? Why not) of me reaching up to kiss the giant poster of Markov in the Habs' store window. @guccipucciprada came too, all model-fabulous and excited for the Habs Hall of Fame tour. It's my one regret from the trip - I couldn't squeeze that in. I had to rush back to the hotel to get dressed and ready for the tweetup. Next time! And I'll do it right. I was so jealous when I saw all the pictures later on Facebook.

And then it was time - an hour or so before puck-drop we began to gather at Ye Olde Orchard for the Montreal @ Toronto game. The place was ridiculously jam-packed due to the Bon Jovi concert actually about to happen at the Bell Centre a few blocks away (our tweetup and the Bon Jovi contingent got a mention in the Montreal Gazette the following day, by the way). As soon as I was in the door, I spotted some Habs jerseys near the front. I

recognized sweetheart @Cathie_AK27 right away - and again, like an old friend after some of our Twitter chats. I was so excited to finally meet her! She introduced me to the vivacious and uber-friendly @MaryK_AK27, whom I hadn't yet met on Twitter but already recognized from the moment at the January Ottawa @ Montreal game, when she and Cathie got their closeup on CBC (and Cathie managed to turn to proudly show the camera that her
jersey bears Sergei Kostitsyn's name).

Among the other early arrivers was blogger and Habs fan extraordinaire @HendricksHockey, who also made the drive up from the States. Finally got to meet the adorable @EP31 too (who's so cute she inspires feelings of wanting to pop her into your pocket), and the famous @robertopanetta and his sweet wife @MeredithBedard.

The Bon Jovi riff-raff finally started vacating the premises to go to the concert, and we started filing into the back room to watch the REAL event. There were more than 50 of us there and I could hardly keep up with all the introductions, but I recognized the lovely @FlirtyJo, the sweet and amazing @IFC4 and @guyl4rj, the massively-muscled @mduchesneau, hilarious blogger @HabsLaughs, and another hilarious, genius blogger whom I'd been very remiss to not previously meet on Twitter, the inimitable,
fabulous @theactivestick.

Then, a little late but finally, my 'amigo del alma', the fantastic @kuyaz arrived. Exactly like he is on Twitter, he is friendly, engaging and awesome. Also brought me a gift. You guys. He even had a 'Veronica' tattoo on his forearm! Okay, so it's not because of me but because of a very important other Veronica, but still. Too cool.

Also finally arriving after expressing a 'maybe yes, maybe no' RSVP and I'm so glad he finally did, was the funny & sweet @theHabituals. His twitter avatar is of a 6-year old version of himself, but he's a little older than that in real life. @amanada11's buddy @michellesquared was another highlight introduction.

We watched the game in that packed room, and I can't tell you what a thrill it was, after years & years of being too far away from Montreal, to be somewhere where people were cheering and 'aaaawwww'ing right along with me to a Habs game, standing up to high-five all around with the Habs goals. Okay, so whatever, the Habs lost in a shootout to the crappy Leafs, but the Leafs were left out of the playoffs because they sucked so bad and we went on to almost make it to the Stanley Cup finals, so there.

I got about 2 hours of sleep that night but I just wanted to soak in my all-too-brief Montreal experience and was so happy to be with all these people I'd made friendships with on Twitter, and it is a weekend I'll never forget. Missing from the tweetup who I would have loved to meet were @beezee05, @yves_on_habs, @brirob9 and @smalrus. These guys are a staple on Twitter for all the Habs games & must-follows for Habs fans. And technically not a Habs fan but a hockey-blog wizard was sorely missed: @HockeyJoePHT.

I boarded a plane early that Sunday morning and it was over so fast. I hope to see everyone again sometime soon, be back in my beloved Montreal for much longer next time, and bring my mini-Habs fans in tow.

See you at the next #habstweetup! Until then, see you all on Twitter! #gohabsgo #isitOctoberyet <3


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