2017 Will Be St. Louis Year For Hockey With The Winter Classic
The Winter Classic is the NHL’s now-annual celebration of ice hockey in its natural and ultimate element — outdoors. Its occurrence every year on New Year’s Day sets the role for the rest of the season in hockey for fans and curious watchers alike.
It is the ultimate even for die-hard professional hockey fans who take pride in seeing their breath and their favorite teams match up. While it might seem like a great time to have an All-Star game, it is played between two regular-season teams.
To accommodate the immense crowds, they use a football or baseball stadium. To date, the highest attendance was in 2014 between Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs with 105,490 fans in attendance.
St. Louis, Missouri is to host the classic in 2017. You may have caught wind of some of the celebration for being chosen as the site of the event with the Cardinals-themed St. Louis Blues gear coming out right now. (more…)
Enjoy Hockey In St. Louis, MO Watching The Blues
Hockey in St. Louis, MO might not be as big as baseball and the St. Louis Cardinals, but the St. Louis Blues still have quite the following. I used to not pay as much attention to hockey when I was younger because I lived in what is considered ‘the south.’ I grew up in Kentucky, right near the border of Missouri. We didn’t have a hockey team or any professional sports team for that matter, but everyone was a St. Louis Cardinals fan.
I didn’t pay much attention to hockey until I was a young adult and had actually moved from Kentucky even further south. I met a friend online who lived in Minnesota and was all about hockey. His team of course was the Minnesota Wild, and they are known for having a team on the rise. The St. Louis Blues aren’t known for much, but Missouri still makes the cutoff for being a northern state. So hockey is still popular. I just wouldn’t be surprised if many people living in St. Louis actually liked a different hockey team.
The St. Louis Blues do have a pretty good record this year, however, at 43-22 as I’m writing this. Hockey is such a difficult game for those teams that aren’t used to being the winner though. So much goes into making just one goal, and if you don’t have the best team on the ice, you’re likely going to lose.
The Blues became a team in 1967, so they have been around for quite some time. In fact, while I was not born yet, I am familiar with 1967 as being a year that the Cardinals won the World Series. You can imagine that was a great year in St. Louis, MO.
Tips For Enjoying Hockey In St. Louis
Whether you live in St. Louis or are just visiting the area, catching a hockey game can be a fun way to spend the day. There are quite a few different options when it comes to hockey, ranging from seeing an amateur game all the way up to see a professional game. The St. Louis Blues often have hometown games which can be a lot of fun to watch. Even if they aren’t playing, however, chances are you can still find a hockey game going on somewhere in the city. Check the city’s event calendar or visit the website of any local hockey rinks to find out if they have a schedule posted online.
In terms of attending the game itself, there are quite a few things you can do to make the experience more enjoyable. First and foremost, you should wear warm clothes. That doesn’t mean bundling up in winter coats, hats, and gloves. However, you should at least wear a jacket or heavy sweater since hockey rinks can sometimes get cold due to all of the ice. It is far more enjoyable to watch a game when you aren’t shivering. (more…)
What To Know About Hockey In St. Louis
If you live in the St. Louis, MO area or are planning to visit and you are interested in hockey you should see what your options are. If you live in the area, you or your children can join a team. If you are visiting or want to watch a game, you can look into places you can do that at. Think about what will work for you and your family.
If you would like to join a team, you have some options depending on how competitive you want to be. Some teams are just there for the love of the sport. Others are more competitive and try to go as far as possible. Think about the best place for you to go as you don’t want to join a competitive team if you really just want to play hockey on a regular basis.
If you are looking for teams for your kids you have even more to choose from. Look at your options and what would be best for your own kids. Ask other parents if their kids play and find a team that will work for you and your schedule. (more…)
The St. Louis Blues Ice Hockey Team History
The St. Louis Blues was founded in 1967 when the National Hockey League expanded from six national teams to 12. The city’s team was originally coached by Lynn Pattrick, who resigned after losing 13 games. The assistant coach, Scotty Bowman, took over the head coach position and went on to lead the team to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first three seasons. Due to their success, the St. Louis Blues stadium became known as the loudest stadium in NHL history.
Over the years, the team has many highs and lows. There were times that it looked like the team’s demise was imminent; however, someone would come along and pick up the team and begin a new. Since 1968, there has been a total of 30 coaches. Some were great, some were not.
Although the team has never won the Stanley Cup, they have made it to the finals three times. These were all during their first three years (1968, 1969, 1970). The team made it to the conference finals six times- 1968, 1969, 1970, 1972, 1986 and 2001. The St. Louis Blues were the division champions 9 times since its founding- 1969, 1970, 1977, 1981, 1985, 1987, 2000, 2012 and 2015. Finally, the team has had 39 playoff appearances. As you can see, the team has been strong and has been successful almost every year since its inception.
St. Louis is known for its love of sports and it can be witnessed at one of their beloved ice hockey games. When visiting this stadium, you will get enraptured in the excitement and love of the sport. They don’t call this stadium the loudest in the National Hockey League for nothing! Fans of the sport truly love their players and root for them enthusiastically at every game.
Hey There! Glad you stopped by!
What’s up! Paul here – also known as Hockey Freak! Lol… Hey glad you stopped by my new blog all about hockey in the great city of St. Louis. I wanted to share my love of this great sport with people all over the internet haha! I hope to pick up some new fans of the game and spread the love! I’ll be writing some articles to share real soon so stand by! HOCKEY!!!!