INTERVIEW | Intermission Feature on Rocket Sports Media [AUDIO]

Rocket Sports Media was honoured this past season to be featured on radio during the intermission of a game between the St. John’s IceCaps and Toronto Marlies. The interview was expertly conducted by veteran broadcaster Brian Rogers, focused on the genesis and rapid growth of this sports and entertainment company which has earned a reputation of being a trusted source for breaking information, expert analysis and informed opinion.

Rick Stephens and Amy Johnson spoke proudly about their talented team of contributors, about Rocket Sports being a recognized leader in social media and about daily engagement with passionate hockey fans through their premiere product.

Rocket Sports Media is a cross-platform premium publisher of sports and entertainment sites such as All Habs Hockey Magazine, IceCaps Hockey Report, Czech List and Hockey Pub. These sites offer fresh, original, multi-media content through news, analysis, game reports and feature articles, while also acting as a vehicle for fan engagement and community initiatives.

Listen to the full interview in the player below!

Rocket Sports Media intermission feature

We are grateful to Brian Rogers and the St. John’s IceCaps for the opportunity to share the Rockets Sports Media story with their listeners and fans and look forward to another season working with the IceCaps and their outstanding team of players, coaches, and staff.

Rocket Sports Media Launches Four New Hockey Publications

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Rocket Sports Media Launches Four New Hockey Publications

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Habs fan in Vitória, Brazil (Photo by Anna Lombardi)

MONTREAL, QC. – This summer, Rocket Sports Media, Inc. (RSM) has launched a series of new websites to meet the growing global demand for hockey information via its All Habs Hockey Magazine brand.

All Habs has been the digital leader for providing original content to fans of the Montreal Canadiens in four languages:  English, French, Spanish and Brazilian-Portuguese.  This multilingual collection has been housed, until now, all on the AllHabs.net platform.  In addition, the website reported on the Hamilton Bulldogs, the AHL affiliate of the Montreal Canadiens.

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As of this summer, a separate site was developed for each of these areas of focus, resulting in the rollout of:

Le Magazine All Habs    (fr.allhabs.net)

All Habs Brasil / All Hockey Brasil            (br.allhabs.net / hockeybrasil.com)

Bulldogs Hockey Report               (bulldogs.allhabs.net / bulldogshockeyreport.com)

The Spanish site, All Habs en Espanol, will be unveiled in the fall.

In addition, RSM is complimenting this phase of expansion with an English-Czech bilingual website focusing on Czech hockey prospects playing in Europe and North-America building upon a popular AllHabs.net column from its Czech based correspondent.

The Czech List   (czechlist.allhabs.net / theczechlist.com)

Each of the four new websites are built upon the same popular magazine format as All Habs, featuring trusted information, accurate analysis, diverse opinions and fan-focused columns. The expansion further meets the RSM ongoing goal to provide original content to its readers in their language of choice.  The enhanced experience includes readers of its flag-ship site, All Habs, which results in improved navigability.

As a sports and entertainment media company, Rocket Sports Media continues to maintain its strong position in the industry by maturing and evolving its portfolio of brands to nimbly respond to changes in the marketplace. RSM continues to bring more choice and more content to its readers, provides a broader platform for more writers and creates more targeted opportunities for our advertising partners.

About All Habs:

All Habs Hockey Magazine is an independent digital hockey magazine with a primary focus on the Montreal Canadiens. It is a recognized brand in the hockey world as a trusted source for news, opinion and analysis of the Canadiens. Its mission is to build a world-wide network of hockey fans that are informed, engaged, entertained and connected.

About Rocket Sports Media:

Rocket Sports Media, Inc. is a respected sports and entertainment media company committed to pursuing and reporting the truth in an ethically responsible manner. RSM works to develop a talented, diverse set of writers, providing them a platform to share their voice with the broadest possible audience.  Our core commitment to honesty, integrity, and values guides our engagement with readers, personnel, and business partners.


Contact:
To learn more about the launch or for prime advertising opportunities, please contact:

Brittany Freitas

Coordinator of Public Relations, Rocket Sports Media
Email: Brittany@allhabs.net

Follow on Twitter: @All_Habs @RocketSportsInc

RSM souhaite la bienvenue aux Fantômes du Forum de Montréal

par Brittany Freitas, Coordonnatrice des relations publiques, Rocket Sports Média – traduit par Kathy K.

MONTREAL, QC. — Rocket Sports Média est fier d’annoncer la formation d’un nouveau partenariat avec Fantômes du Forum. Nous sommes ravis de les accueillir dans la famille RSM.

Chez Rocket Sports Média (RSM), nous contribuons à bâtir une communauté mondiale et engagée d’amateurs sports. Nous nous sommes engagés à fournir de l’information et du divertissement pour celle-ci, et notre collaboration avec Fantômes du Forum nous aidera à continuer de développer le réseau.

FDFlogoMRFantômes du Forum (FdF) est un forum/groupe de discussion francophone centré autour du Canadien de Montréal, qui vise aussi à maintenir une atmosphère légère et familiale. FdF accueille l’humour ainsi que le développement de nouveaux liens d’amitié en discutant le hockey ou n’importe quel autre sujet dans une manière animée et divertissante.

Un des objectifs primaires de FdF est de soutenir les organisations charitables. RSM incorporera cette portion de la mission de FdF dans notre initiative “Rocket Power” où les partisans peuvent s’unir afin de faire une différence dans la vie des autres.

aalemagazine1«All Habs Hockey Magazine» est la publication phare de RSM, qui met en vigueur du contenu original publié dans quatre langues. Nous avons l’intention de présenter Fantômes comme composante essentielle du lancement du Magazine All Habs. Le Magazine fait partie de notre stratégie d’élargir notre couverture francophone afin de satisfaire la demande croissante.

Le slogan de FdF est comme suit : «C’est effrayant à quel point on a du plaisir.» Nous pensons que vous aurez du plaisir aussi. Glissez un mot à vos amis : les Fantômes du Forum de Montréal ont une nouvelle adresse.

Nous sommes fiers de ce nouveau partenariat. Notre équipe en pleine expansion travaillera fort afin de vous fournir avec une expérience inédite, en continuant de vous amener une communauté de hockey en ligne de la plus haute qualité.

RSM Welcomes Ghosts of the Montreal Forum

By Brittany Freitas, Public Relations Coordinator, Rocket Sports Media

MONTREAL, QC. — Rocket Sports Media is proud to announce a new partnership with Fantômes du Forum. We are excited to welcome them into the RSM family.

At Rocket Sports Media (RSM) we are dedicated to building an engaged community of sports fans world-wide. We are committed to keeping that community informed and entertained, and our collaboration with Fantômes du Forum will help us to continue building connections.

FDFlogoMRFantômes du Forum (FdF) is a French-language forum / discussion group centered around the Montreal Canadiens, which also focuses on keeping a light-hearted and family atmosphere. FdF fosters humour and development of new friendships while talking about hockey or any other subject in a lively and entertaining manner.

One of FdF’s main goals is to support charitable organizations. RSM will incorporate that portion of the FdF mission into our “Rocket Power” initiative, where fans can unite to make a difference in the lives of others.

aalemagazine1All Habs Hockey Magazine is the flagship digital publication of RSM which features original content published in four languages. We intend to feature Fantômes as a key component of our launch of Le Magazine All Habs. Le Magazine is part of our strategy to broaden our French language coverage to meet increasing demand.

The motto of FdF is “C’est effrayant à quel point on a du plaisir / It’s scary how much we enjoy.” We think that you will enjoy too. Tell your friends that the ghosts of the Montreal Forum have a new home.

We are proud of this new partnership. Our newly expanded writing team will be working hard to provide you with a new fan experience as we continue bringing you a premiere online hockey community.


en Français: RSM souhaite la bienvenue aux Fantômes du Forum de Montréal

How do Sports Fans Use Twitter?

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RSM and UQAM Collaborate to Research Use of Twitter by Sports Fans

For Immediate Release:

June 6, 2013

MONTREAL, QC — Representatives from Rocket Sports Media, Inc. (RSM) announced today a new initiative in collaboration with the School of Management at the University of Quebec at Montreal (ESG UQAM).  RSM is the digital publisher of premiere sports and entertainment websites such as All Habs Hockey Magazine (AllHabs.net) and Hockey Pub (HockeyPub.com). The success of these sites and their dominant position in social media has attracted the attention of researchers looking to learn more about the impact of social media in the sports industry.

Sallim Dahman, a master’s student in marketing at ESG UQAM, understands the power of social media and has decided to focus his thesis on the use of Twitter by sports organizations. One of the components of his work involves an online survey he has created with the assistance of his research director, Francois Marticotte. The survey will be used to gather information on the habits of sports fans and their use of Twitter.

With more than 62,000 people following the All Habs Twitter account (@All_Habs), Dahman recognized the advantage in partnering with RSM and approached President and Founder Rick Stephens with a proposal to work together. Stephens was immediately intrigued by the idea, and says he believes it presents a unique opportunity to learn more about the dedicated readers of All Habs, while contributing expertise to a talented student in the Montreal educational community.

“Given my background in survey research, I fully appreciate its value in planning and effective decision-making,” said Stephens. “I am pleased to collaborate with Sallim and with UQAM on this project that will contribute to a growing body of work on the importance of social media. At the same time, it will provide us with an opportunity to forge an even stronger connection with our worldwide community.”

The survey will help to determine if the use of Twitter by sports organizations affects their brand loyalty amongst fans. Targeted to Twitter users age 18 and over, it will also measure brand trust, commitment and involvement. At least 500 participants will fill out the questionnaire, conducted in both French and English, which will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.

“All Habs has become a trusted brand in the hockey world,” said Stephens.  “Our success and ability to compete with the mainstream media is a direct result of the commitment and loyalty of our readers.”

The survey can be completed by all sports fans even those without a Twitter account. It can be found online here:

French version of the survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/twitter_et_sport

English version of the survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/twitter_and_sport

 

For more information regarding this press release, Rocket Sports Media, Inc., its publications, or advertising and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rick Stephens at rick@rocketsportsmedia.com.

Website: http://www.rocketsportsmedia.com/

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ROCKET POWER | RSM Supports Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation Initiative

Rocket Power is an initiative pioneered by Rocket Sports Media designed to mobilize hockey fans to support charitable organizations and to get involved in their communities. We proud to help raise awareness with a series of continuing features  intended to spotlight members of the hockey community who are making a difference.

By Erica, Fundraising Coordinator, Rocket Power

excerpted from Hockey Pub :

MONTREAL, QC. — Melissa Milonow, a 23-year-old Habs fan living in Ottawa, is an athlete who’s not afraid of a challenge. After all, she was drafted to the CWHL a few years ago. She recently sought out local fundraising events that would allow her to do two things she loves: helping others and staying in shape. Next week, she’ll be doing both at a fundraising event in Ottawa.

Melissa Tell us a bit about this event.

The event I am participating in is called Bust a Move (For Breast Health) and it is a one-day fitness and fundraising event to celebrate and fight for breast health. “Bust a Move” was founded in Halifax in 2010 and has since raised over two million dollars for breast health programs.

The Ottawa edition of Bust A Move is being organized by the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. It takes place on March 2 at the Ottawa Athletic Club and involves five hours of fitness sessions – yes, I will be working out for the entire five hours! Hour 1 involves dancing and stepping to rock style music; hour 2 involves dance routines with a Zumba flavour; hour 3 is a flow yoga class; hour 4 is a kickboxing and martial arts workout and finally hour 5 is Urban Dance.

Read the entire article titled “Rocket Power: Melissa Busts a Move for Breast Health” at HockeyPub.com

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Are you a hockey fan trying to make a difference or raise money for a good cause? We’d love to hear from you. Email erica(at)allhabs.net and we’ll be in touch!

Rocket Sports Media Announces Partnership with True Rivalry Apparel

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – MARCH 23, 2013

Rocket Sports Media Announces Partnership with True Rivalry Apparel

MONTREAL, QC. – March 23, 2013 — This week, Rocket Sports Media, Inc. (RSM) and True Rivalry announced a new partnership created to give passionate sports fans a different way to make their voices heard.  The initiative is led by Rick Stephens, President and Founder of Rocket Sports Media, and Jason Portnoy, President and Founder of True Rivalry.

RSM is a digital media publisher of premier sports and entertainment websites like All Habs Hockey Magazine (AllHabs.net) and Hockey Pub (HockeyPub.com).  “We have become a trusted source in the hockey world, hold a dominant position in social media, and we are a recognized leader in organizing fan events,” says Stephens.  RSM holds a mission to provide an all-encompassing global reach for sports enthusiasts by finding ways to inform, entertain, and engage them.

A partnership with True Rivalry (TrueRivalry.com) goes a long way towards fulfilling that mission.  True Rivalry is a Montreal-based sports apparel designer and manufacturer specializing in unlicensed merchandise geared  toward fans of all sports and teams.  “We cater to all levels,” says Portnoy, “from the ones who would miss their own wedding for a playoff game, to the casual fan, and even to the person who just wants to wear a cool and stylish looking tee.”

By combining the influential online presence of RSM’s brands and their popular fan events with the unique, quality merchandise of True Rivalry, sports fans will have an opportunity to speak their mind and support their favorite teams in an array of different avenues: online, in person, and as part of their wardrobe.  Stephens believes fans will greatly benefit from this new collaboration and adds, “At Rocket Sports Media, we are committed to being innovative in our industry and responsive to our community.  I’m thrilled to be involved with a company that has a similar business philosophy and has demonstrated a distinct ability to tap into the pulse of passionate sports fans.”

Portnoy agrees that the partnership with RSM is a perfect fit for him and his growing company.  “I just think the ideas for collaboration are endless.  I am excited to be working with a group that shares the same thought mentality, strategy, and vision that we pretty much use to run True Rivalry.”  He adds that he has admired the work of RSM as a loyal reader of All Habs Hockey Magazine.  “It’s a website that isn’t afraid to start a conversation and debate.”  Stephens is equally supportive of True Rivalry’s products and says, “It’s refreshing to work with a business that’s helping fans to truly express themselves and make a statement.  They accurately capture what’s in the minds of sports enthusiasts and offer a quality product that you are proud to wear.”

True Rivalry merchandise will appear in various giveaways, promotions, and prizes online and at RSM-sponsored events.

 

For more information regarding this press release, Rocket Sports Media, Inc., its publications, or for advertising and sponsorship inquiries, please contact Rick Stephens at rick@rocketsportsmedia.com.

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Rocket Sports Media Emerges As New Digital Sports Publishing Company

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – JANUARY 14, 2013

Rocket Sports Media, Inc. Emerges As New Digital Sports Publishing Company

Montreal, QC – January 14, 2013 — A new name in digital sports publishing was announced today with the creation of Rocket Sports Media, Inc., established January 1, 2013.  Led by President and Founder Rick Stephens, Rocket Sports Media, Inc. (RSM) is a digital media publisher of premier sports and entertainment websites.

“Launching Rocket Sports Media is the next logical step in an ambitious plan to attract sports enthusiasts who are increasingly getting their information from premier online sources who are both professional and credible.  RSM will provide us with the organizational structure necessary to attract partners while retaining the nimbleness to be extremely responsive to our readers,” says Stephens.

Its website, RocketSportsMedia.com, officially launched today and serves as a business-to-business portal connecting business owners with exceptional avenues through which to promote their products and/or venues while also engaging current or potential partners.  The site also serves as a place to describe RSM’s organizational mission that Stephens says is built on a model that stresses community building.  He adds that the company’s view is to provide an all-encompassing global reach for sports enthusiasts and says, “We aim to inform, entertain and engage while connecting with fans world-wide.”

RSM is responsible for publishing two website brands, All Habs Hockey Magazine (AllHabs.net) and Hockey Pub (HockeyPub.com).  “We have devoted the past few years to developing our brand recognition, recruiting a top-notch writing team, and connecting with sports fans around the world,” explains Stephens.  “We have become a trusted source in the hockey world, hold a dominant position in social media, and we are a recognized leader in organizing fan events.”

All Habs is a digital hockey magazine with a primary focus on the Montreal Canadiens.  It is known as a trusted source for Habs news and in-depth analysis, giving passionate fans their daily dose of all things related to their favourite team.  With over 58,000 followers, @All_Habs is ranked as the 15th most influential hockey account on Twitter, giving them an unmatched audience reach in social media.

Publishing daily original content 12 months of the year in four languages (English, French, Spanish, and Brazilian Portuguese), All Habs is comprised of a team of writers, many of whom are degreed, experienced journalists, who write from a variety of perspectives producing original content in a variety of languages.  The site also boasts team members who contribute work as photographers, video editors and event planners all committed to creating premiere products and fan experiences.

Hockey Pub serves a directory of sports bars for fans to discover the best places to watch a game. It is a handy guide for locals as well as business travelers. Visitors can read reviews and share opinions on food, drink, TV-viewing and sports atmosphere, all characteristics that make for a great fan experience.  Hockey Pub is also a place for sports fans to learn about Hockey Parties, autograph signings and other fan events.

Additionally, RSM uses the extensive reach of its brands to fuel Rocket Power, a philanthropic initiative aimed at partnering with charitable organizations in an effort to mobilize sports fans to make a difference in the lives of others.  Successful collaborations have included Hockey Fights Cancer, Five Hole for Food, and the Max Pacioretty Foundation.

For more information regarding Rocket Sports Media, Inc., its publications, or for advertising inquiries, please contact Rick Stephens at rick@allhabs.net.

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web: www.rocketsportsmedia.com

Twitter: @RocketSportsInc

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Rocket.Sports.Media.Inc

All Habs & McLean’s Pub – An Exciting New Chapter

      

ALL HABS HOCKEY MAGAZINE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH MCLEAN’S PUB

January 27, 2011
www.allhabs.net / www.mcleanspub.com

PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL, QC — Montreal is home to some of the most passionate fans in hockey. On any given game night, pubs all over the city are jam-packed with people looking for good food, cold drinks, fun atmosphere, and of course a Habs win. But that’s not enough. What fans really need is a place they can call their “home” for hockey news and entertainment, whether they’re downtown or perusing a trusted website for information on their favourite team.

This week, All Habs Hockey Magazine (AllHabs.net) and McLean’s Pub (McLeansPub.com) announced a new partnership created to further enhance a growing hockey community of their fans, readers and patrons. By building on a foundation of dedicated supporters, both online and in person, this partnership promises to give hockey fans in Montreal something to truly cheer about.

“Sure we’re sports writers, but more importantly we’re hockey fans. We live and die with the team, enduring the ups and downs together.  We know what fans want to experience.”, says Rick Stephens, Editor-in-Chief of All Habs Hockey Magazine. “We’re all about creating a personal fan experience, engaging Habs enthusiasts in a unique way. It’s like a growing family — the folks at McLean’s see it exactly the same way.  Together, we will continue to build our hockey community to make long-lasting connections both online and in person.”

That translates into even bigger and better fan events called Habs Tweetups, an initiative started by the All Habs Network almost three years ago. Using its dominant position in social media and as a strong, recognized brand in hockey media outlets, Habs Tweetups became a vehicle to allow fans to meet in person and develop long-lasting friendships – a step that Rick claims is a natural progression for friends who meet and chat online.

“Passionate sports fans not only want to follow every move of their team, they want to talk about it with other informed fans – and that’s the case in both good times and bad.  Coming to one of our events for the first time is very exciting but we recognize that it can also be a little daunting. We go the extra mile to personally welcome everyone, introduce them to the others, and make them feel like they are part of the family.”

Popularity for Habs Tweetups quickly grew and these days fans can find them in more than ten different cities in North America – from Montreal to Vancouver to New York City and beyond.

Stuart Ashton, General Manager of McLean’s Pub in Montreal, first learned about Habs Tweetups about a year and a half ago through the All Habs Hockey Magazine. “All Habs has been my source for unbiased and well-informed hockey news for quite some time now. I love my Canadiens and sometimes that hurts, but I can always find out what I need to know on the All Habs website!”

He soon approached Rick to host events at his two restaurants, McLean’s Pub and its former sister pub O’Hara’s. “McLean’s is the ideal place – we are large, loud and full of passion on game days. It makes for an amazing environment to watch hockey.”

Stuart believed his venue would be the perfect place for a Habs Tweetup and adds, “Working with Jay Farrar, who manages for us at night, we assured that the All Habs crew would be well taken care of. Each event has been a success and we look forward to making the next even better than the last!”

The All Habs group has since hosted numerous events at McLean’s Pub, from Habs/Leafs rivalry game viewing parties to a “red carpet” tribute party during the NHL Awards and a pre-season celebration of the 24th Stanley Cup win.  According to Rick, they’ve all been memorable.

“McLean’s has excellent food, is only a stone’s throw from the Bell Centre, and offers a great atmosphere for watching sports of any kind,” he says, “but what really sets them apart is their attentive staff.  The folks at McLean’s are experts at making you feel at home.  They make it a point to learn your name, remember your favourite drink, and ensure that you’ll want to come back again.  Whether hosting an event or catching a game after work, it’s the place I want to be.”

It’s a philosophy of customer service and building genuine relationships which is shared by both entities. According to Stuart, the McLean family motto, “Virtue is our honour”, holds true twenty years after original owner Ian McLean purchased the pub. McLean passed away in 2000, but Stuart and his team work to uphold those values today. “We build long-term relationships with our partners, our suppliers, our staff, and our clientele.”

Rick agrees with that ideal and says the core of All Habs is all about community:

“Our mission is to build a world-wide network of Montreal Canadiens fans who are informed, engaged, entertained, and connected. We try things that other people claim can’t be done, and through committed staff and valued partners we have found success.” — Rick Stephens

 

                    

The first step in the new partnership will be the addition of a monthly All Habs Night at McLean’s complete with reserved seating to watch a Habs game, a special menu, trivia and prizes and so much more. The events will give fans an opportunity to meet other people who share the same interests but will also include all bar and restaurant patrons to further provide that family feeling.

“It would be tough to match the dedication of the staff at McLean’s and the crew at All Habs,” Rick states. “We’ve been building this relationship for a year and a half. We’re committed for the long-term.”  Stuart happily adds, “All Habs is our partner from now on and we plan on growing together. I cannot wait for our next event!”

Stuart and Rick have already begun sharing even more ideas that will soon become fan favourites.  Watch for the launch of new initiatives in the near future!

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AllHabs.net is the premiere source for information, news, analysis, and reviews about the Montreal Canadiens.

If you’d like more information about upcoming All Habs fan events at McLean’s, be sure to follow @All_Habs and @habstweetup on Twitter and log on to HabsTweetup.com for updates and reviews. The next Habs Tweetup is February 11th in Toronto – RSVP and details can be found by clicking HERE.

To learn more about McLean’s Pub, log onto McLeansPub.com to check out their menu and upcoming events.  You can also follow them on Twitter at @mcleanspub and can find Stuart at @stuart_ashton.