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03-28-2012, 02:07 PM
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For Blues fans from the beginning

What a great run this year - just like the old days at the Arena.

Jaroslav Halak
43 6 1.90 25-11-6 Glenn Hall 41 8 2.17 19-12-8

Brian Elliott 34 9 1.48 23-9-3 Jacques Plante 37 5 1.96 18-12-6

David Backes 77 23 30 53 Red Berenson 76 35 47 82

T.J. Oshie 75 19 33 52 Gary Sabourin 75 25 23 48

Alex Pietrangelo 76 12 37 49 Ab McDonald 68 21 21 42

Kevin Shattenkirk 76 9 32 41 Camille Henry 64 17 22 39

David Perron 52 17 21 38 Ron Shock 67 12 27 39

Patrick Berglund 77 18 19 37 Frank St. Marseille 72 12 26 38

Jason Arnott 68 16 17 33 Tim Ecclestone 68 11 23 34

Chris Stewart 74 15 13 28 Jim Roberts 72 14 19 33

Alex Steen 38 13 12 25 Bill McCreary 71 13 17 30

Jamie Langenbrunner 65 6 17 23 Barclay Plager 61 4 26 30

Vladimir Sobotka 68 5 15 20 Noel Picard 67 5 19 24

Carlo Colaiacovo 61 2 17 19 Doug Harvey 70 2 20 22

Andy McDonald 21 9 10 19 Craig Cameron 72 11 5 16

Matt D’Agostini 52 9 9 18 Terry Crisp 57 6 9 15

Barrett Jackman 76 1 12 13 Larry Keenan 47 5 9 14

Roman Polak 73 0 11 11 Jean-Guy Talbot 69 5 4 9

Scott Nichol 77 35 8 Al Arbour 67 1 6 7

Ian Cole 26 15 6 Bob Plager 32 0 7 7

Kent Huskins 22 2 4 6 Terry Gray 8 4 0 4

Kris Russell 38 3 3 6 Myron Stankiewicz 16 0 2 2

Evgeny Grachev 26 1 3 4 Ray Fortin 11 1 0 1

Ryan Reaves 57 3 1 4 Bill Plager 2 0 0 0

Jaden Schwartz 5 2 1 3 Norm Dennis 2 0 0 0

B.J. Crombeen 39 1 2 3

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03-28-2012, 02:31 PM
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I'm only a youngster (freshman in college) and this year has been something remarkable for me. I can't imagine what it's like for the more "seasoned" fans of the Blues

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There have been a couple of very similar seasons to this one in the past. A Cup run...now THAT would be something else.

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04-02-2012, 09:04 PM
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I have been a fan since I attended my first game at the old Arena in 1984. I sat first row behind the goal. The Blues were matched up with the Northstars. I just loved the way I could feel every check sitting along the boards in that place. At one point, the goal judge struck up a conversation with me about the puck my dad had just purchased for me. I think this season is right up there with my fondest of Blues memories. My hats off to all of you who have been there from the very beginning!

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04-03-2012, 12:19 PM
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Robb is the only one on this board who can remember that year I'm sure

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04-03-2012, 12:50 PM
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I've 'only' been a Blues fan since '87-'88...but it seems like forever that I've been waiting for the Cup to come to STL. I had a better feeling about the '99-'00 club heading into the playoffs than this club...but this may be their best chance since Yzerman beat Casey in Game 7.

I'm so excited/anxious/nervous/pumped for the playoffs to begin...

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04-03-2012, 01:22 PM
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I've been a Blues fan since I was in the 6th grade, 1986. I started following them at the start of the playoffs that year when only the away games were on TV and the home games were on radio. I remember staying up late on a school night after my family had already went to bed listening to the Monday Night Miracle. Needless to say, after that season I was hooked. Then when Brett Hull arrived and we had a true superstar it was a great time to be a Blues fan. But with that said, I think I am more excited about this current team than any other. Although this team may lack the star power of the Blues teams of yesteryear, this team is deeper and more complete than those. This team has way more strengths from line 1 to line 4 than any other team I can remember. No other team had to actually consider sitting someone like Dag's just because their wasn't enough room on the top 9. And for defense we are almost just as deep, true we do not have both a Pronger and Macinnis out there but we do have Pie and Shatt, and instead of sending out someone like Khavonov on the last pairing we get to send out Polak. Not to mention the goal-tending which is has always seemed like an Achilles heel compared to a strength. But I think that the thing that has me most excited about this group, is that the cup window is now just opening and this team is only going to get better. What worries me about this year is that teams who are entering the playoffs for the first time after an considerable absence tend to experience a learning curve on how to win in the playoffs before they win it all. If we can get a solid group of ownership that is able to add the right piece, I think that the odds of the Blues winning the cup in the next 5 years would be at an all time high.

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04-03-2012, 02:52 PM
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I'm from back in the covered wagon days. I went to my first Blues game in 1970 and I was hooked. I never could skate worth a darn but I've always marveled at the combination of skill and toughness it takes to play the game. Can you imagine going to the old barn and the fans sang when the Blues Come Marching In when the team hit the ice. The Blues won and there were a couple of fights in that game. I thought this is the coolest sport I've ever seen. I've seen a number of owners, many coaching changes, many-many trades and one thing remains the same. No Stanley Cup. Could this be the year?

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04-03-2012, 03:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Ronnie Coleman View Post
Robb is the only one on this board who can remember that year I'm sure
'68-69 was my favourite year watching The Blues (and The NHL). Who could forget when we were lucky enough to pluck budding superstar Myron Stankiewicz off waivers?

But, THIS season is moving towards replacing that one (If we get to The Stanley Cup Finals)!

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04-03-2012, 03:46 PM
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My dad took me the STL Braves game in '65 and '66, we would ride the bus down to the old barn from Maplewood. They had chicken wire where the glass would be today. I remember one game in winter where we stood outside in the bone chilling cold waiting for the ticket office to open. The tix window was on the side by the annex and there were burn barrels to help keep warm. Then the Blues came to town in '67, wow what a step up. They cleaned up and painted the old barn and man was it the best ticket in town. They still had the giant rats under the stands though

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04-03-2012, 04:15 PM
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Started watching in 1968-69. I remember being at a game in 1971 (?) when Garry Unger scored a hat trick in the first period and then got a game misconduct for fighting before the period ended.

What a place the old Arena was.

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Shotty Scott Nichol if he becomes a coach

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Went to my first Blues games in 1982 but remember the late 80s/early 90s the best when friends and I would go get cheap seats at the Arena, going down to the ice during the pre-skate and harass Dave Lowry.

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