From humble beginnings, there always has been something special about this hockey franchise and its connection to St. Louis, something about the Note on the sweater, the names who have worn it and the narrative they have create � something that has resonated over 50 years. If you were there at the start, you still feel it, the organ thumping, the building trembling, the passion exploding. You can see men and women, dressed to the nines, dancing in the aisles. You can picture Saturday nights at The Arena, when a new religion took hold, when the St. Louis Blues came marching In. It was the start of a romance that never fades, a love affair embraces sports fans in this Midwestern town and never lets go. Those first nights have been decorated in so many nights since, so many memories, so many hearts that bleed blue. You can still feel it, 50 years later, covered in vintage jerseys and "Towel Man" tosses. It still reverberates. "Blues Hockey" by Reedy Press captures that magic - the color, the characters and the excitement. It takes you through the first 50 years of the St. Louis Blues, through those early expansion-team nights, though dramatic ups and downs, through the on-going quest to capture an elusive Stanley Cup Championship. The Blues have been much more than a piece of the St. Louis landscape. From the outset, they have been equal partners in the city's soul, an extension of its hard-working personality. They have left an indelible cultural imprint, an ever-lasting impression that is captured in the images and stories on these pages. "Blues History" is a book St. Louis sports fans will cherish for years to come.
When the Blues Go Marching In: An Illustrated Timeline of St. Louis Blues Hockey
THE CHAMPIONSHIP EDITION
captures the magic, the color, the characters and the excitement of Blues hockey! It takes you through the first 50 years of the St. Louis Blues, through those early expansion-team nights, though dramatic ups and downs, and through the on-going quest to capture an elusive Stanley Cup Championship. The Blues have left an indelible cultural imprint on their fans and their hometown.
UPDATED VERSION NOTE: When I finished the first edition of this book, the Blues had gone 50 seasons without capturing the NHL�s ultimate prize. Then came their 51st season, unprecedented and improbable. Nineteen inconsistent games into the 2018-19 schedule, the Blues made a coaching change. Thirty-seven games in, they possessed the fewest points in the 31-team league. Playoffs were a pipe dream, and the Stanley Cup seemed more distant than ever. But steadied by an interim coach, lifted by a rookie goaltender, and sparked by a record winning streak, a storybook unfolded. And with it came a mandate to revisit this volume, to account for the most remarkable episode of all�the rags-to-riches tale of a Stanley Cup championship.