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True Blues

1967-68 thru 1993-94

An expansion hockey team moves into the Stanley Cup finals in the blink of an eye. Thus begins the flamboyant history of one of the NHL's grittiest franchises ... The Saint Louis Blues. Noel Picard, Dickie Moore, Al Arbour, Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante, Scotty Bowman, Red Berenson, Barclay Plager, Bob Plager, Garry Unger, Bob Gassoff, Emile Francis, Mike Liut, Brian Sutter, Bernie Federko, Jacques Demers, Doug Gilmour, Doug Wickenheiser, Mike Shanahan, and dozens more players and coaches who have won the hearts of St. Louisans and hockey fans everywhere. A team always first in the hearts of their singular army of True Blues fans.

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In 1967 the city of St. Louis was awarded an NHL franchise. The selection of the team's name was an easy one for owner Sid Salomon Jr. "The name of the team has to be the Blues" exclaimed Salomon, after being award the new franchise. "It's part of the city where W. C. Handy composed his famed song while thinking of his girl one morning."

The Arena, which opened as a dairy palace in 1929 and imploded as a dilapidated eyesore on Feb. 27, 1999. In between, the oval at 5700 Oakland Avenue was the home of many treasures: the Blues' Monday Night Miracle on May 12, 1986, Missouri's 108-107 triple-overtime basketball victory over Illinois in 1993, John McEnroe's marathon victory over Mats Wilander to clinch the Davis Cup in 1982, Bill Walton's 21-of-22 shooting performance that paced UCLA to an NCAA championship in 1973.

The emblem the team proudly displays on their sweater is the Blue Note. The Blue Note was taken from the music scale and represents the team's name. Although the Blue Note has been enhanced and modernized, it remains a St. Louis tradition.

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