PHILADELPHIA, PA — Sometimes there’s just nothing better than a Habs win over the Leafs, you know? Well, nothing except a Habs SHUTOUT over the Leafs! And to top things off, getting to watch the Canadiens blank the Maple Leafs surrounded by a fun-loving and excited group of devoted hockey fans makes the whole evening even more memorable.
I must say a big thank you to Old Man Winter for having such a calm temperament this year in order to allow me to make the road trip to Montreal during a season that’s usually too unpredictable weather-wise for driving. (Although admittedly I was quite giddy to see so much snow on the ground when I arrived in Montreal.)
But even if it HAD snowed, nothing could have kept me from trekking north for the inaugural All Habs Night at McLean’s hockey party! Recently, a new partnership was announced between All Habs and McLean’s Pub (you can read more about it HERE) and one of the most exciting parts of that announcement involves a monthly All Habs Hockey Party fan event at McLean’s. So what better way to kick things off than with a Habs/Leafs matchup on Hockey Day in Canada? We also dubbed the evening as “Bring a Buddy” night – because more is always merrier!
As a result, we not only had the chance to reconnect with friends and familiar faces, but we were also thrilled to welcome some new folks into the mix as well. Some of them came to us courtesy of a new promotion outreach via the All Habs Facebook page while others, like Emily (@hockey_princess) were enticed to come out because of the excitement of All Habs/McLean’s partnership news.
“I was a little hesitant to go at first because I figured everyone would already know each other and I would be the odd one out. But that wasn’t the case, I was welcomed with open arms!”
A native of a small New Brunswick town named Stanley (about thirty minutes north of Fredericton), Emily just moved to Montreal two months ago, at the beginning of December, and has been a Habs fan for as long as she can remember (thanks to her dad).
“I had heard of tweetups before and they looked like a fun way to enjoy a game. I also thought it would be a good way to make some new friends in the city.”
Thanks to our friends at McLean’s, Emily and the rest of the attendees who had reserved their seat with the All Habs group via Twtvite or Facebook were given the VIP treatment: prime seating in the center of the dining area with perfect views of many of the big-screen televisions, discounted prices on the pub’s hockey menu, and beer specials. With more than twenty people seated in our group, it was great to see so many people in the pub sporting an All Habs nametag!
Throughout the evening, manager Jay Farrar was master of the microphone, getting the entire bar pumped up for the rivalry game against the Leafs and playing the part of emcee for the All Habs Trivia Challenge. This time we took the Trivia Challenge to a whole new level – trivia was open to everyone in the pub!
The questions were focused on Hockey Day in Canada – something to really test those trivia gurus! Enticed by the prospect of winning one of many prizes, more than 80 people battled to get the most answers right or, more importantly, come up with the most creative answers.
Needless to say, we had lots of winners! Prizes included a very chic Montreal Canadiens hat, two sporty All Habs t-shirts, as well as two gift certificates to Mac’s Taps, an Alexander Keith’s t-shirt and a hat all generously donated by McLean’s Pub. Of course the most coveted prize of all was a NASCAR mug awarded to the person with the worst answers. Who says we don’t have a sense of humour?
People all around the pub were buzzing, asking when the next event would be held and looking forward to the next chance to win prizes and test their trivia skills. Others wanted to know how to be included with the All Habs VIP group at the next event.
Perhaps you’re wondering the same thing as you read this? Just be sure to RSVP for our next All Habs Night at McLean’s on March 24th – it’s that easy! So sign up, tell your friends and family to do the same, and make sure you don’t miss out on the next All Habs Hockey Party.
Oh, and as for that shutout? Well the Habs REALLY made it a special night by completing dominating the Leafs in a 5-0 win. It was a very fun game to watch with so many friends! And we’re happy to report that our friend Emily went home at the end of the evening having made a whole group of friends to interact with in her new home. “It was great, the atmosphere in the pub was awesome.”
Check out the complete photo album for this event by clicking HERE!
Go Habs Go!