Team Profile: St Louis Blues

Personal feelings aside, and the grudge held against them, the St Louis Blues are an admittedly formidable opponent. Physicality and offensive prowess both, the Blues play their game well.

Overview:
Western Conference
Central Division
Established: 1967
Arena: Scottrade Center
AHL Affiliate: Chicago Wolves
Owner: St. Louis Blues Hockey Club
Coach: Ken Hitchcock
Notable Former Players: Al Arbour, Chris Pronger, Brett Hull,
Current Captain: Alex Pietrangelo
Goalies: Jake Allen, Carter Hutton
Notable Current Players: Vladimir Tarasenko, Kevin Shattenkirk, Alexander Steen, Scottie Upshall

Facts:
Though St. Louis had not originally bid for a team, the owners of the Black Hawks at the time wanted to be rid of their arena in St. Louis that had fallen to neglect. The Wirtz family had significant influence over the league and with their persuasion, the chairman Clarence Campbell announced that they wanted a team in St. Louis because there was a sufficient facility to house the team.

The original owner of the team, Sid Salomon III, was well loved by his players. Mostly because he gave them all sorts of gifts, like cars and Florida vacations. In return, his players did their best to play well for him for each game.

The Blues made the playoffs in their first three seasons because the playoff format at the time required an expansion team to appear. They were swept all three times, and then when the playoff format changed and their division suddenly included the Black Hawks and the Red Wings, they under-performed and missed the playoffs several seasons running.

Due to financial troubles after their decline, at one point there were only three people employed by the team before Salomon could find a buyer. One of those three, Emile Francis, served as team president, general manager, and head coach.

In a 1986 Playoff game 6 against the Flames, the Blues scored three goals with 12 minutes to go in the third period to tie the game which they subsequently won in overtime. This game is now dubbed the Monday Night Miracle locally.

Won their only presidents trophy in the 1999-00 season.

The Blues were the only team to make the playoffs in every year of the 90s.

St. Louis Blues v New York Rangers
(AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Photo by Chris Lee, clee@post-dispatch.com)
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