15 facts about the St. Louis Blues

1. Why are the Blues called the Blues? St. Louis wanted an NHL franchise in 1967, and owner Sid Saloman Jr. said the team name has to be the Blues because "no matter where you go in town there's singing. That's the spirit of St. Louis."

2. Even more obvious? W.C. Handy has a song called "Saint Louis Blues."

3. The Blues emblem is the Blue Note, which was taken from the music scale and represents the team's name.

4. An overtime goal from Ron Schock gave the Blues a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Stars back in 1968…and also granted the team a trip to the Stanley Cup finals in only their first season.

5. In November, 2000, the Blues came back from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 in overtime – they scored their six goals in 15 minutes and 27 seconds, making it the fastest time a team has come back from a five-goal deficit in NHL history.

6. The Blues are worth $185 million, making them the 28th most valuable team in the NHL

7. The band The Bouncing Souls name-checked T.J. Oshie in their 2010 song "Badass"

8. David Backes got his pilot's license in 2012 – and has been in the air with the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds

9. Brett Hull's 86 goals in 1990-91 marks the Blues' individual season record, and is the third highest season total in NHL history.

10. Wayne Gretzky played 31 games for the St. Louis Blues. During that time, he scored 37 points and helped the Blues come within one game of the Conference Finals.

11. The Scottrade Center hosts 175 events per year, and brings in nearly 2 million guests to downtown St. Louis

12. Craig Johnson scored the first goal at the Kiel Center (now the Scottrade Center)

13. The Blues are the oldest extant NHL team that has never won a Stanley Cup.

14. The Blues sold out every home game in 2010-2011.

15. The St. Louis Blues went on a 25-game winning streak from 1979-2004.


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