Team: St. Louis Blues
Division: Central Division
Team colors: Navy blue, Gold, White and Blue
The St. Louis Blues was formed in 1967 as part of the first expansion of the NHL. Showing great performance, the franchise made it to the Stanley Cup finals three years in a row, right after its formation. Trouble soon arose for the team in the form of enormous financial issues followed by a drop in the level of performance.
In 1977, the Blues once again rose in performance under new ownership. They made an appearance in the playoffs within three years. Continuing with improvement in performance, the next season saw the franchise finish with the second best record in the NHL. However, further financial problems led to the sale of the team twice in the eighties. Over the years, the team has given some very good performances and has won the Division Championship eight times. Other distinctions of the team include winning two Clarence S. Campbell Bowls and a President’s Trophy.
The very first squad of the St. Louis Blues led by the Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Al Arbour included several seasoned players. Among these are Dickie Moore, Jacques Plante, Don McKenney and Glenn Hall to name a few. Also playing alongside them was Red Berenson, who while playing for the team rose to be among the Western Division's first few great stars.
Later years brought in star players like Garry Unger who went on to break the league record for consecutive games played. Worth mentioning is Brett Hull who while on the Blues’ roster made and broke many records and also went on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy and the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. Some of the other prominent Blues players include Doug Gilmour, Bernie Federko, Grant Fuhr, Pierre Turgeon and Al MacInnis.
St. Louis Blues live games are known to be highly engaging. Atmosphere at their matches is supercharged. Their last home arena was among the loudest in the league. Same holds true for Scottrade Center, the team’s present home. Known for their fierce playing style, their matches ensure a great sports entertainment experience. The franchise has the distinction of being among the top crowd drawing teams in the league. Evidence of their popularity is the swift sale of St. Louis Blues tickets.