There are many things that make hockey such a widely loved sport, and the fans are near the top of the list. That's especially true of the Habs, who have a diehard fan base renowned for the passion and excitement they bring season after season.
It's true that Montreal Canadiens fans are always behind their team, and in the playoffs, the crowd — often referred to as "the seventh player" — gives the home team a massive boost. These are the fans Molson Export (fan and proud Canadiens partner) has been celebrating all year with their Here's to the Real Ones campaign.
COVID-19 restrictions have prevented Molson Export from getting fans inside the Bell Centre, so instead, they found another way to get the fans behind their beloved team for the Habs' first home game of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs.
Hosted on social media, Molson Export ran a contest that allowed Habs fans to show their support for the team, and get the chance to have their name featured on the Molson Export banner, displayed behind the players sitting on the bench.
What better way is there to celebrate the fans than letting them do what they do best: showing the Habs they are behind them as they go for their 25th Stanley Cup in franchise history?
Just take Jessica Landry and Christina Spencer. These great friends and true Habs fans were two winners who had their names featured side by side on the Molson Export banner. What qualified them as diehard fans? If a picture speaks a thousand words, then a tattoo speaks infinitely! Talk about being forever fans.
Husband and wife Nirav and Sonia (Masand) Patel submitted their wedding photos, showing off their wedding hashtag, #tequilaklipze, printed on the back of an official Habs jersey. It was showcased at their wedding parade, where they also repped their favourite player.
Long-time fan Olivier St-Cyr told his story of being introduced to the Habs by his father. He's remained a loyal fan ever since, cheering on the Canadiens every single year. It's this story that won him his name on the Molson Export banner.
"It's during the hard times that you recognize the real ones," said Olivier, referring to being the true Habs fan that he is. Olivier submitted a photo of himself with a Molson Export in anticipation of seeing his name behind his favourite team and saying "ready for the game!" — now that's a true fan.
Dedication of this calibre from the likes of Landry, Spencer, the Patels and St-Cyr is what puts Montreal Canadiens fans in a league of their own. It's legendary, and it's what makes the Habs' fan base one of most recognizable in the NHL.
We are nearing summer's end so it's the perfect time to ring in fall at a chalet with your friends. If you want to ditch the ordinary and rent something crazy, now is your chance. These insanely unique Airbnbs in Canada provide a one-of-a-kind getaway that you won't find anywhere else.
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Why You Should Go: This immaculate escape offers a three-tiered terrace, a large outdoor spa, and stunning views of St. Laurence River and the bay. It's fully equipped with high-end appliances, a flat-screen TV and an indoor fireplace.
Why You Should Go: This handcrafted Mongolian yurt is set on a south-facing deck with lake and mountain views. It's situated on 21 private acres on Cowley Lake and offers countless Yukon adventures, including gazing at the Northern Lights.
Why You Should Go: Parties are always welcome at this sick suite with an outdoor rooftop hot tub, multiple private patios and three gas fireplaces. You and your crew can always keep the night alive, as you'll be just steps away from exciting nightlife.
Why You Should Go: This three-acre, nine-bedroom estate provides striking ocean views, an indoor gym, a pool, a dock, two guesthouses, a wine cellar, a hot tub, an indoor steam room, a billiards room and a 130-inch wharf. Need we say more?
Why You Should Go: This gnome-like chalet nestled in the forest is the perfect getaway for two. You'll be surrounded by nature at every angle with a woodland on the tip of an island. The private deck and swimming dock offer access to the Archipelago of Georgian Bay. Enjoy a campfire outside or stargaze from the skylight indoors.
Why You Should Go: The architecturally modern cabin is designed with innovative taste. Located on the Blaeberry River, the space has vaulted ceilings, 180 degrees of forest, mountain and river views, a fully equipped kitchen and an outdoor gas BBQ. There are tons of hiking trails nearby, as well as canoeing and rafting opportunities.
Why You Should Go: The cozy, one-of-a-kind earth house was hand-sculpted using local and sustainable natural materials. It features a central living space with cantilevered slab stairs leading to the loft bedroom. Enjoy a fully equipped kitchenette, an indoor fireplace and a large outdoor lounge area with a hammock and fire pit.
Why You Should Go: On a private one-acre island sits a renovated cottage with a fully stocked kitchen, a family room with a stone fireplace, a screened porch, decks and a detached bunkhouse. You'll have the entire island to yourself with 360-degree lake access and a private dock. The rental also includes a 14-foot aluminum motorboat.
Why You Should Go: You'll be living like royalty at this insane waterfront geodesic dome with one-of-a-kind architectural design. It boasts a swimming pool blasted out of native rock, sea views from every window, a waterside dock and complimentary breakfast every morning.
Why You Should Go: This massive, 4,500-square-foot ship is an outstanding, nautical floating paradise with 20 beds, a hot tub spa with LED lighting and a waterfall on the top deck, a fully equipped bar, a gourmet kitchen and a modern lounge with views.
Why You Should Go: This boho-chic chalet offers a new dock with a fishing spot on the lake, two enormous patios overlooking the water, a fireplace, a firepit, modern amenities and a bright and airy space.
Why You Should Go: For a crazy fun time spent high in the sky, you and three of your buds can rent this cabin perched in the trees. Experience rustic comfort and adventure with features like a suspended footbridge, an intimate secluded setting, a vintage fireplace and access to several outdoor activities in the region.
Why You Should Go: Experience something like never before a bubble dome chalet roosted in the trees. Sphere four-meter sphere has a giant translucent window offering open views of the surrounding forest. Enjoy free breakfasts, towels and bedding at this private and unique spot.
Ah yes, it is that fabulous time of the year when all your relative from out of town visit Montreal. It may not be their first time, but once they drive, or fly, in they always say the same things. "Wow, it's so cold here, can we go get a poutine? Let me try to ask in French!"
We sure do love showing off our city whether it be our poutines or now our ugly Christmas tree, but there are some things those out-of-towners immediately notice on their own! Some good things, and maybe some bad things but in the end, they will bever want to leave!
1. The First Thing They Notice Is That Our Cops Wear Clown Pants