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!
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...
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.
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?
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
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.