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Firstly I wasn't sure where to put this post, but hopefully admin will reallocate it to somewhere more appropriate if need be. Anyway, I live in NZ (originally from UK, and a sports fanatic) and I managed to watch a few games from this years playoffs, including one of the Habs games against Boston. It got me to reading up a bit about ice hockey and I must admit I love the history and the passion of your team. I would love to hear more of the game day experience in Montreal, is there anything unique to Habs supporters (eg do they have special chants, do they wave scarves), what sort of attendances are there at the Bell Centre, how do people spend the day prior to game time, do you wear team colours? Lot's of questions I know, but I'm just trying to build up a picture of what being a Habs supporter is all about, and why people should follow your team, any info would be greatly appreciated? No doubt I'll have lot's more questions to ask in the future. Cheers.

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Firstly I wasn't sure where to put this post, but hopefully admin will reallocate it to somewhere more appropriate if need be. Anyway, I live in NZ (originally from UK, and a sports fanatic) and I managed to watch a few games from this years playoffs, including one of the Habs games against Boston. It got me to reading up a bit about ice hockey and I must admit I love the history and the passion of your team. I would love to hear more of the game day experience in Montreal, is there anything unique to Habs supporters (eg do they have special chants, do they wave scarves), what sort of attendances are there at the Bell Centre, how do people spend the day prior to game time, do you wear team colours? Lot's of questions I know, but I'm just trying to build up a picture of what being a Habs supporter is all about, and why people should follow your team, any info would be greatly appreciated? No doubt I'll have lot's more questions to ask in the future. Cheers.

Big welcome to you in NZ jenzed. Make sure you introduce yourself in our welcome thread. ;)

You picked the most exciting team and fanbase to support in the NHL. No other arena rivals the Bell Center to watch a game. We are known and sometimes despised for our Ole chant both in our arena and others throughout the League.The arena has been sold out for years now (22,000 screaming fans)and a good portion of fans wear team colours to games.

Hope this answers a few of your questions.

Enjoy the various conversations around the message board. You'll find most members more then willing to discuss their passion and love for the the most storied franchise in all of hockey.

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Firstly I wasn't sure where to put this post, but hopefully admin will reallocate it to somewhere more appropriate if need be. Anyway, I live in NZ (originally from UK, and a sports fanatic) and I managed to watch a few games from this years playoffs, including one of the Habs games against Boston. It got me to reading up a bit about ice hockey and I must admit I love the history and the passion of your team. I would love to hear more of the game day experience in Montreal, is there anything unique to Habs supporters (eg do they have special chants, do they wave scarves), what sort of attendances are there at the Bell Centre, how do people spend the day prior to game time, do you wear team colours? Lot's of questions I know, but I'm just trying to build up a picture of what being a Habs supporter is all about, and why people should follow your team, any info would be greatly appreciated? No doubt I'll have lot's more questions to ask in the future. Cheers.

Toronto and Washingtons arena try to advertise themselves as the loudest, but really, its our own Bell Centre. I think they even did a test during playoffs and found the Bell Centre to be deafening. We have our Ole chant (you hear it alot at soccer games). So some fans despise us like HTL said. A good example is Philadelphia's fans who mocked us with the chant during last years playoffs. I think a few more arenas are copying that chant, but Im not so sure.

Alot of our fans wear the Canadiens colours to the games, but towels are only waved during playoffs.

People should follow the Montreal Canadiens because we are the bestest team in the world!!!

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Hello and welcome jenzed. Like hatethoseleafs said, no other arena rivals the Bell Center to watch a game. Many players around the league were quoted saying that Montreal and the Bell Centre have a special buzz to it, that it's a special place for them to play. The place is always jammed packed and gives a new meaning to the word loud. I attend quite a few games myself each season and followed the Habs on a few road trips in other cities and I can assure you there's no place like the Bell Centre.

Many teams have use promotional activities during games to raise fans interest. Here, no such things are required. The Habs fan is a hockey fan and makes quite the party from the game itself, cheering its team for the smallest good play, erupting in a roar when the Habs score and jeering the opponents' goalie chanting his name. Even watching on TV (or the internet) if you can catch the local broadcasts, most commentators put a lots of enthusiasm in describing the game.

As for how to spend the day prior to game time, some fans wait for the players exit after the morning practice to try to catch autographs or pictures. Also, the Habs have their own Hall of Fame which is well worth a visit (it's located at the Bell Centre itself, downtown Montreal). Generally speaking, Montreal is well known for its underground network (you can travel quite a long distance without going outside which is quite convenient during the harsh winter months), lots of shopping available and restaurants are top notch. Quite a few fun bars/pubs as well where you can go before the game to 'get into it' or after the game to celebrate the win. One of the cool things is that no matter who you get acquainted with during your stay, chances are you can talk hockey with them, it runs in our blood :)

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This is the year I finally make it to the Bell Centre. :D

Anyone else planning to go to the Lightning game on January 7th?

I'm hoping to work a game into my schedule somehow this year. Haven't been to the Bell since the Boom Boom retired jersey game. I'm overdue.

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This is the year I finally make it to the Bell Centre. :D

Anyone else planning to go to the Lightning game on January 7th?

Yay you! :D

I haven't planned my game schedule yet, I'll let you know if we go to that one :)

I'm hoping to work a game into my schedule somehow this year. Haven't been to the Bell since the Boom Boom retired jersey game. I'm overdue.

Overdue indeed!

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This is the year I finally make it to the Bell Centre. :D

Good for you friend :D

*JEALOUS

I haven't planned my game schedule yet, I'll let you know if we go to that one :)

Get out of town.

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Wont you make the trip again this year?

Was the plan..2 personal issues have arisen lately that prevents me from doing so........mainly my present vehicle is now no longer (which was of course my means of transportation as before getting to Montreal),gonna have to get a new one.

It sucks :angry: when you plan financially for a trip,then needs to be put on the back burner for other priorities

I guess hrf is not the only member here looking for donations,to get me to the bell center.;)................................always another time I guess.:angry:

I normally do :P:lol:

I know

:D Good for you CRB

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I hope all gets better for you :)

I'm sure it will.

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Massive thanks to hatethoseleafs, hatethosebruins and ColRouleBleu for the great replies, very much appreciated, and gives me a bit of an insight to game day. From what i've read, and from two of your usernames, i gather we have big rivalries with the leafs and the bruins....any chance of someone telling me why these rivalries came about, and of any notable incidents between the teams over the years, what do their supporters feel about the Habs and what your feelings are about those teams?

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Massive thanks to hatethoseleafs, hatethosebruins and ColRouleBleu for the great replies, very much appreciated, and gives me a bit of an insight to game day. From what i've read, and from two of your usernames, i gather we have big rivalries with the leafs and the bruins....any chance of someone telling me why these rivalries came about, and of any notable incidents between the teams over the years, what do their supporters feel about the Habs and what your feelings are about those teams?

Those are great questions jenzed. I would recommend you ask them in the individual team threads in Around The League so that we can keep this thread about out of town questions. ;)

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Will do, sorry about that.

No need to apologize. We'll often direct members to threads where their posts will result in the debate or info they're looking for. ;)

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Any recommendations for Hotels. We are coming up the weekend of 11/19 for 3 nights. Nothing too fancy but nothing seedy either.

Thanks

Hotels certainly aren't something missing downtown Montreal, but you cant go wrong with the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the Marriott Château Champlain or the Hôtel de la Montagne and quite a few others. Have a look on hotels.com or Expedia, you'll should find the one that most suits your price range.

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