St. Louis Blues
St. Louis Blues
The St. Louis Blues were established in 1967 as an expansion team granted from the NHL. They were the oldest active NHL team to have never won a Stanley Cup title, until they won this past year. They miraculously turned their season around after being dead last in the whole league in January, and ended up winning the Cup.
Notable Players: Brett Hull, Al MacInnis and Bernie Federko, Keith Tkachuk, Vladimir Tarasenko, Ryan O'Reilly, and Jordan Binnington
Founding Date: 1967
City: St. Louis, MO
Number of Stanley Cups: 1 (2019)
Owner: St. Louis Blue Hockey Club Inc.
Head Coach: Craig Berube
Stadium: Enterprise Center
The St. Louis Blues were part of the first expansion of the NHL, when 6 new teams including the Blues joined the "Original 6" teams. The Blues played their first season in the NHL during the 1967-68 season, making it to the Stanley Cup in each of their first 3 years, but ultimately losing each time. It seemed like a promising start, but no one knew how hard it would be to get back. During the 70's, 80's, and 90's the Blues had some star players including Bernie Federko and Brett Hull, but struggled to make any postseason headway. During this time, they had a streak of 25 consecutive playoff appearances, but only made it to the conference finals twice and never to the Stanley Cup.
This playoff disappointment continued into the late 10's but they miraculously won the Stanley Cup this past year in 2019. The season was a rollercoaster, as they were dead last in the NHL in January, fired their coach, brought up rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington, and proceeded to have the best record in the league from that point forward and eventually win the Stanley Cup. It was their first time making to the Finals in 49 years. The team rallied around the song "Gloria" by Laura Branigan and it became a tradition. Fans and players would shout "Play Gloria" to after wins and it continued all throughout their remarkable Stanley Cup run.
The Blues are a strong team, as shown by their cup win last year. Almost all of the core players are returning and fans should expect basically an identical roster to the Stanley Cup winning team. Led by Conn Smythe winner Ryan O'Reilly and Russian sharpshooter Vladimir Tarasenko, the Blues are built for long term success. The team also has a sensational goalie in Jordan Binnington and young players such as Robert Thomas and Colton Parayko to pave the way for the future.