When the Director of Corporate Communications for the NHL starts sending updates about an NHL Tweetup you know it’s legit. But regardless of its official status, a tweetup is basically a get together for those who use Twitter. In many cases it’s because they share a passion for a similar topic and tonight, it was all about hockey. It just so happens the first-ever Vancouver NHL Tweetup event at the Shark Club coincided with the first Canucks playoff game of 2009 so many gathered to watch the game with friends, contacts, and new Twitter faces.
This afternoon I posted an update to Twitter about the Canucks and moments later I was contacted by ShowTime Tickets (an independent ticket broker). I was offered tickets for tonight’s game (straight up, in exchange for nothing). I gladly accepted even though I was accused on Twitter of supporting “scalpers” — by a season ticket holder who routinely sells their tickets off to the highest bidder online — but I digress. As a result, I pulled Duane out of Chilliwack (since John was working) and headed to the first game of the series versus the St Louis Blues.
The crowd was charged in GM Place and towel power was out in full force. The Go Canucks Go chants seemed never-ending and despite several poor calls (and even though a wave couldn’t get started inside GM Place), our team came out on top, beating the Blues 2-1.
There are several people who made tonight very special including Molson who I hear sponsored a round at the NHL Tweetup, and ShowTime Tickets for getting me in to the game. I would also like to send a shoutout to all those who attended the tweetup such as Richard, Keith, Brian, Dave, Sam, and even Hez who made a fabulous appearance. I hear at least 20-30 people joined the group throughout the night.
On my way home tonight cars were still honking their horns and fans in blue jerseys were still on the streets chanting and cheering in victory. You would think we had just won game seven of a hard-fought series but I think this town is just proving once again that its heart is full of hockey.
The second game of the series is this Friday night at GM Place, the puck drops at 7:00pm.
Update: Sam Chan has his NHL Tweetup post up now and it includes this super fun video that he made throughout the night.
NHLTweetup Hashtagging [Canucks Edition] from Sam Chan on Vimeo.
Update: Two of my photos are on the cover of the 24 Hours newspaper today:
It’s fun to be a part of the Canucks Fan Zone live blog when we’re at GM Place but it doesn’t matter where we’re located, really as the fan community is always thriving online, from across the globe. You can always tell when there’s a game as the term “Canucks” becomes a top ten trending topic on Twitter — a service used by millions worldwide yet the Canucks nation can still make an impact.