The “St. Louis Blues” is a professional ice hockey team situated in St. Louis, Missouri. The team is part of the Central Division, which plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). In the year 1967, the franchise was formed as an expansion team at the time of the league’s original expansion of six to twelve teams.
St. Louis Blues are considered as the oldest NHL team that never won a single Stanley Cup final. The team’s name is made after the W.C Handy song “Saint Louis Blues”. They usually play at the Scottrade Center situated in downtown St. Louis and the center is a carrier of 19,150 seats.
History of St. Louis Blues’ franchise
The Blues are members of the Original Six together with the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburg Penguins, California Seals, Philadelphia Flyers and Los Angeles Kings. The final franchise was granted to the team’s first owners Sid Salomon Jr., Sid Salomon III and Robert L. Wolfson.
St. Louis Blues’ first head coach was Lyn Patrick, after putting up a team’s record of 4-13-2, he resigned during the last quarter of November. After he left, Scotty Bowman took over the team’s coaching. Bowman’s arrival was a hit on their career as they have had a blast winning record for the rest of the season since Lyn’s departure.
The idea of putting up an expansion franchise team in St. Louis was uttered by the NHL’s president Clarence Campbell, he said it during a meeting that “we want a team in St. Louis because of the city’s geographical location and the fact that it has an adequate building”.
After becoming part of the National Hockey League, the Salomon owners immediately spent million of dollars in the renovations of the 38-year old arena. After the revamps, the carrier had an increase of 12,000 to 15,000 seats.