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Los Angeles - December 3, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
 Who knew California was a hockey hot bed? Since arriving on Monday, we’ve met a surprising number of hockey savvy fans out in the Golden State but none compare to Kosta and Chris Tsangaris at the Redondo Beach Café in Los Angeles. The Montreal ex-pats opened their hockey haven six years ago and have turned the place into the spot to watch Habs and Kings games in L.A. We popped by for some Montreal smoked meat sandwiches and poutine – complete with cheese curds imported fresh from Quebec.

Since the Habs are only out in California once every two years, we wanted to give some of our loyal fans something to remember us by between visits. While filming a HabsTV segment at Redondo Beach, we figured we’d see just how global our brand is and tweet our location out to fans in the area to come by and win some free swag. We handed out hats, shirts and other gifts to the bleu-blanc-rouge clad fans that showed up. No surprise to see which item this little guy chose…

No matter where the Canadiens play, there are always die-hard Habs fans on hand to take over the visiting arena but these jersey-clad fans just upped the ante. We’re not sure what the promotion was, but the Kings really rolled out the red (or black) carpet for this contingent of Canadiens fans in L.A. Way to represent, guys!

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