Team History Series: St. Louis Blues

November 17, 2011; St. Louis, MO, USA; Florida Panthers left wing Marco Sturm (16) and center Mike Santorelli (13) battle for the puck with St. Louis Blues defenseman Roman Polak (46) in the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE

Earlier this summer… in Las Vegas, Nevada at the 2012 NHL awards…  Legendary Head Coach Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues won the prestigious Jack Adams award.  General Manager Doug Armstrong won the General Manager of the Year award.

Tonight…  the 3rd team we visit… is… the St. Louis Blues in my 30 part team focus series.

The team was born as part of the 1967 NHL expansion when the league expanded from the original six to twelve teams.  The team is named after the W.C. Handy song of the same name.  This team has always been based in St. Louis, MO.

While the Blues have won Division titles for the 1980-1981, 1984-1985, 1986-1987, 1999-2000, and 2011-2012… they haven’t won any Conference titles.  They have the distinction of also being the only team, from the 1967 expansion to not win a Stanley Cup.  However, they won a President’s Trophy for the 1999-2000 season.

The team is owned by SLB Acquisition Holdings, and Tom Stillman is the Chairman of the Board.  The team’s Captain is  David Backes who took over the captaincy from Tampa Bay Lightning player, Eric Brewer after he was traded by the St. Louis Blues in February 2011.

The teams only affiliate is the Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League or the AHL.

The team plays at an arena that started out as the Keil Center, but is now known as the Scottrade Center, 1401 Clark Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63103.  The main number is 314-622-5400.

 

 

 

 

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  • Sean Derrick

    Correction: They did win 3 Conference Titles (West): 1968, 1969 and 1970. All three years they played in the Stanley Cup Finals. The first two years they lost to the Montreal Canadiens and in 1970 lost to the Boston Bruins (although all 4 game sweeps). They also won a Division Championship in 1977. They were the first team of the expansion teams to play for the Cup. And the California Golden Seals also never won a Cup, through they folded after moving to Cleveland to become the Barons.

  • Sean Derrick

    Also they have more than one minor league affiliate: The Evansville Icemen of the ECHL are the Blues’ other minor league affiliate (in a share with the Columbus Blue Jackets).

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