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50 Hats Of Aztec (There’s History Under Those Hats) The St. Louis Blues

Edmond P. DeRousse May 3, 2019 at 11:18 am

 Hat provided by Bobbi-Mitchell Sanders

This was originally posted in 2017, but I can’t help it, the Blues are again in the playoffs.

Let’s start this history blog with some Trivia and a Q & A. The answers to the trivia is at bottom of post.

  1. How did the St. Louis Blues get their name?
  2. When did Wayne Gretzky play for the Blues?
  3. Who was the Blues first owner?
  4. Red Berenson scored how many goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 7th. 1968?
  5. What player scored the most career points as a member of the Blues? Bernie Federko (1,073)
  6. How many seasons did Brett Hull score more than 50 goals as a Blue?

Once again, in 2019, the St. Louis Blues are competing for the Stanley Cup. For Blues Hockey fans, this is old hat (excuse the pun). Competing in the Stanley Cup is something they have done very often throughout their fifty-year history.

When the 1967/68 Hockey season began, six new teams had been added: the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota North StarsLos Angeles KingsPhiladelphia FlyersPittsburgh Penguins and California Seals. On October 11, 1967, The Blues played their very first NHL game. It was against one of those new expansion teams, the Minnesota North Stars in the old St. Louis Arena. They skated to a 2-2 tie.

The Blues are a member of the Central Division of the Western Conference and named after W.C. Handy’s song entitled “Saint Louis Blues”. Although the song was published in 1914, it has been a staple of a variety of musicians in a variety of styles. From Louis Armstrong and Bessie Smith to the Boston Pops Orchestra, the “Saint Louis Blues” is often referred to as “the jazzman’s Hamlet”.  The blues music has a rich history rooted in St. Louis, obviously inspiring the reason for the name. The team logo is a music blue note.

A 16 man investment group made the final accepted pitch for the Blues franchise in 1966. It was headed up by insurance tycoons Sid Salomon Jr., his son, Sid Salomon III, and Robert L. Wolfson. They had convinced others like Stan Musial and his business partner, Julius Garagnani to become part of their group. Garagnani would not see the Blues take the ice because he died of a heart attack three months before the season began.

The Blues first home game was in The St. Louis Arena. In 1977 the St. Louis Arena and the Blues were sold to Ralston Purina. They renamed the facility to the Checkerdome. In 1983, claiming they were losing too much money, Ralston Purina lost interest in the Blues and the Arena. The team went up for sale and nearly moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Fortunately for St. Louis, Harry Ornest, a Los Angeles-based businessman bought the franchise and kept it in St. Louis. Ornest changed the Checkerdome’s name back to the St. Louis Arena and the Blues continued playing there until 1994. Ornest owned the blues until 1986 when he sold it to a local St. Louis ownership group led by Michael Shanahan.    .

In 1994 the Blues had a new home. The 19,000 seat Kiel Center was built in downtown St. Louis. In 2000 the Kiel Center’s name was changed to Savvis Center. In 2006 the name again was changed to its current name the Scottrade Center.

In 1999 Shanahan sold the Blues to a New York Businessman and heir to the Wal-Mart family fortune, Dave Checketts, who in 2001 sold the Blues to Tom Stillman and a group of local St. Louis area investors, the current owners. Obvious indication that business has an interest in St. Louis hockey. Certainly, a lot of power plays. (pun intended.)

In the early years of the St. Louis Blues, an expansion team was required to make it to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Blues played well enough to make it each of their first three years.

Since the first time they took the ice the team has qualified for Stanley Cup Playoff in all but seven (7) seasons. They, at one time, had twenty-five consecutive years qualifying for the playoffs. That’s one of the longest consecutive playoff streaks in any professional sport.

The St. Louis Blues have had many players, whose names will be forever associated with Hockey, wear the Blues uniform. Among them are: Red, The Red Baron, Berenson, Brian Sutter, Bernie Federko, Brett Hull, and Chris Pronger. Even Wayne Gretzky played for a season (1995 – 1996) with the St. Louis Blues.

Unfortunately, the St. Louis Blues are the oldest NHL team to have never won the Stanley Cup. This year, the Blues have made it to the second round of the Playoffs. Perhaps this is their year.

Go Blues!!!!!!!

Answers to trivia an Q & A

  1. How did the St. Louis Blues get their name? after W.C. Handy’s song entitled “Saint Louis Blues”
  2. When did Wayne Gretzky play for the Blues? 1995 – 1996
  3. Who was the first Blues first owner? Sid Salomon Jr
  4. Red Berenson scored how many goals against the Philadelphia Flyers on November 7th. 1968? Six (6)
  5. What player scored the most career points as a member of the Blues? Bernie Federko  (1,073)
  6. How many seasons did Brett Hull score more than 50 goals as a Blue? Five  (5)

https://www.nhl.com/blues   (official website)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Louis_Blues_(song) 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Blues

http://sportsteamhistory.com/st-louis-blues

http://www.stltoday.com/suburban-journals/metro/life/trivia-let-s-go-blues/article_f9d6a75f-6fd3-5031-9b12-c07745234625.html

 

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