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Herm2Hockeytown: The Aftermath

Update

: 03/30/10 at 19:21 -  I have updated the timestamp on this thread to keep it at the top of A2Y.  Please keep the comments related to H2H, and other Wings discussion in the latest non-H2H thread.  Also, please post any links to your own blogs or articles about H2H so everyone has a chance to read them.

Update

: 03/29/10 at 03:30 -  I have added Herm’s recap of his H2H experience below, and it’s awesome.

Herm2Hockeytown has finished and the memories will be ours forever.  Not only did we fly Herm to Detroit to see his first hockey game, we also raised $5365.72 for the Children’s Hospital of Michigan.  Pure awesome.  Thanks to everyone who contributed money and those who organized the event.

This post is to collate all the amazing pictures, videos, and personal experiences from H2H in one place.

Please post your stories and reflections on the night.  Post any photos or videos you’ve taken.  Link to any external coverage of H2H, including stories written on other Wings/hockey blogs.

Take it away, bitches, this is our chance to write the Legend of Herm2Hockeytown.

Please keep images 575 pixels wide maximum.  Thanks.

We have a very special update to this thread:  Herm’s H2H recap.

Everyone’s favourite Brazilian Wings fan, Guilherme, was gracious enough to send me his recap of the weekend so I could share it with you.  It was great meeting Herm and all of the 19 who attended the game, in what will go down in history as the greatest thing to come from the internet.

Take it away, Herm:

From home to… well, home
I skipped three days of college, three days of work, flew for ten hours, had a Customs officer checking Red Wings Brasil, flew for two more hours, and my very first sight at the Detroit-Metro airport was a Hockeytwon Cafe store… Such a long journey, but I finally got home.

Of course, something had to go wrong on this trip, I’m glad it was just the wrong terminal.

I wouldn’t mind getting lost in there
First things first, after a legitimate American lunch (middle-eastern food, that is), we’re off to The Joe.

A funny thing about that: the building is heavy. Getting inside there made me realize what exactly I was talking about for all this time. Of course, I knew some of the franchise’s history, but getting into the Arena and automatically looking up to the rafters reminded me that, even as a blogger, I always have to remember that this team is not just a team, it’s a huge entity loved by so many people in so many places, and it deserves even more respect than I always thought it did.

I’m thankful for a lot of things about that first visit: obviously, the tour itself was amazing. But I’m really thankful that my first time in there was not for the game. I literally couldn’t stop shaking, so much going in my mind in that moment, and it would be embarassing to be like that for the actual game.

Needless to say, all the gifts were awesome. It was hit after hit, first with the Helm jersey, then the “No Limits” signed sign (!), then I was told I’d get to meet God, I was stunned and couldn’t stop laughing and looking stupid. I don’t care. It was great to walk all over the place, from the visitor’s locker room to the press box, including the Olympia Club and the concourses with the Production Line’s statues. Awesome, awesome, awesome.

The next day, on the morning skate, I had the pleasure of doing what every Wings fan want to do: beat Khan(!) for news. Patrick Eaves was good, and that was a sign of good things to come. And of course, it was hard not to laugh when we saw Bertuzzi practicing the spinorama.

19 friends
The 19 are the greatest people on Earth. I’m not even trying to remember everyone, but most bloggers were there, a lot of readers too. Since we were all at Osrt’s place, I got to spend a lot of time with the Triple Deke guys, and they were just as crazy as I expected. It was like that with everyone, as I admit that the thought of one of the 19 being a serial killer or something like that was kinda scary. Luckily, it was great meeting everyone.

Of course, there was a game
I don’t have much to say about the game, but I’m glad that I was in awe with the experience during the first period so I wasn’t mad at the team’s play. When I got to Ken and Mick, they gave me a spreadsheet that said we had 13 shots, and it didn’t seem right. The funny thing is, the team started playing well when I got up there, and it was kind of bitter-sweet when they scored twice during that time and I couldn’t celebrate. From then on, the Wings steamrolled the Wild and I got to see a great first game. I’m convinced that was because of the tin-foil hats.

I met God, and He’s awesome
I watched some of Darren Helm’s interviews before. It was hard to believe that the fastest man alive was so calm and a little shy, and I thought I’d lose my voice aroud him, so it would be a very quiet conversation.

But no, Darren Helm is a great guy.  Playing alongside Zetterberg, Datsyuk and Lidstrom, I can see why he was surprised he is my man, even if I’m not the only one. He talked to me, asked me how was the game, was really nice and apparently didn’t have a problem with me shaking his hands 10 times per minute. Then he offered me his stick, and from then on he owns every fiber of my body. I was once called “the founder of the First Church of Darren Helm”, and a signed jersey, a signed stick and a Griffins bobblehead will surely take me to heaven.

By the way, who got me that bobblehead? Thanks, Gunnar, whoever you are.

I’m missing something
No doubt, greatest weekend of my life. I could actually say it was one pair of gloves away from being perfect. I’m forgetting a lot of stuff, I’m sure, but that’s a little too long already.

I would try to thank you, but I know I could try for a hundred years and it still wouldn’t be the recognition you all deserve. Kris’ interview, Primis’ comment, Chief’s kickoff, TTD’s commercials, Jen’s effort, Jennemy’s designed shirts, Ms. B’s nametags, Osrt’s couch, TPL’s pledges, and all the work behind the scenes that I don’t know who did what. Thank you, Humberto and Flavio, for starting Red Wings Brasil and inviting me in. Thank you, Ellen, Hollis, Serven, and those I forgot for some reason. Thank you, Ryan Michaels, Nicole Yelland, Christy Hammond, the Red Wings organization, God Helm, and everyone of the 19 who made it possible, everyone that was with me in Hockeytown in presence or spirit.

...On my way to the boarding gate on Saturday, I stopped at that same Hockeytown Cafe store and ordered a drink. The bartender recognized me from the TV and wished me a nice flight back. I was in another country for 50 hours, but I really never left home.

Great recap, Herm.  We are all glad you had such a great time and got back from your religious pilgrimage safely.


Fox 2 News Detroit coverage:

WXYZ Detroit coverage:

The embed doesn’t seem to be working so here is a link to their page of news videos.

Fox Sports Detroit pre-game coverage:

I can’t embed this video, so here is a direct link to FSN Detroit’s coverage of Herm2Hockeytown.  And a great interview by Herm mentioning his “fake” internet friends.

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