St. Louis Blues

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For the type of music, please see St. Louis blues.

The St. Louis Blues are an ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL). They began in 1967. They have never won the Stanley Cup championship, though they made the finals in each of their first three seasons. The Blues won the President's Trophy as top team in the regular season in the year 2000.

Origin[change | change source]

The name Blues is a pun (play on words) between the colour blue and Blues music; thus a blue note is the team's logo. There is a song entitled St. Louis Blues.

History[change | change source]

First years[change | change source]

In their first years, they had a good team because of experienced players such as goaltender Glenn Hall. In 1968 Glenn Hall won the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs. But the team did not win in 1968. They had some trouble in the 1970s. In 1980-81 Mike Liut was named best goalie in the NHL. The 1980s were a good decade for the Blues. Mike Liut, Bernie Federko, Doug Gilmour, and Joe Mullen were all important players for the team in the 1980s.

Later years[change | change source]

Doug Weight

The 1990s also were a good decade. Brett Hull led the NHL in goals in 1990, 1991, and 1992, with the help of centre Adam Oates. Hull is the son of Chicago Blackhawks star Bobby Hull. Brett Hull won the Hart Trophy as most valuable player in 1991. Curtis Joseph was a strong goaltender in the 1990's. Al MacInnis (1999) and Chris Pronger (2000) each won the Norris Trophy for best defence; Pronger also won the Hart Trophy in the year 2000. Doug Weight, Pavol Demitra, and Keith Tkachuk were also strong players in the early 21st century.

Today[change | change source]

The Blues made the playoffs 25 years in a row from 1979-80 to 2003-04, an NHL record. In 2006 they finished last in the NHL. The Blues have come to be one of the NHL best teams, there advance gameplay has maked them, a team capable of winning The Stanley Cup.

2009–10 Season[change | change source]

Central Division [1] GP W L OTL GF GA PTS
y-Chicago Blackhawks 82 52 22 8 271 209 112
x-Detroit Red Wings 82 44 24 14 229 216 102
x-Nashville Predators 82 47 29 6 225 225 100
e-St. Louis Blues 82 40 32 10 225 223 90
e-Columbus Blue Jackets 82 32 35 15 216 259 79

GP – Games Played W – Wins L – Losses OTL – OT/Shootout Losses GF – Goals For GA – Goals Against PTS – Points
* – Division Leader x – Clinched Playoff spot y – Clinched Division z – Clinched Conference p – Clinched Presidents' Trophy e – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

References[change | change source]

  1. "2009-2010 Standings by Division - NHL.com". NHL.com. The National Hockey League. http://www.nhl.com/ice/standings.htm?season=20092010&type=DIV. Retrieved 2010-05-01.

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