Ahh late November. The trees are starting to look bare and the sting of the cold air of winter is just around the corner. Hockey season is in full swing and as the boys get into the grind of the season, I’d like to take a moment and reflect on what I am thankful for as a fan of the greatest hockey team in the world, the St. Louis Blues.
First and foremost I am beyond thankful I wasn’t born 5 hours north in that dumpster fire some people refer to as Chicago. Oh, how wonderful it is to have a down to earth, hard working, grateful, and humble player like Vladimir Tarasenko on my team while teams like Chicago have to deal with a player who calls himself “Showtime”. Are you freakin kidding me? I consider myself an “old time” hockey fan and for a player to be so cocky (not to mention an all around terrible person who beats up cabbies and sticks his meat stick where it doesn’t belong) just sickens me. Patrick Kane belongs in a trailer park or in jail, not in my beloved NHL, but I digress.
Seriously though, how awesome is Vova? All you ever hear him say is “I can do better” and “we want to win the cup.” This young man is going to be fun to watch for years to come.
Another individual who I am beyond thankful for is number 9, Scurvy Steve ‘The Pirate’ Ott. Every time he steps on the ice the pure energy he brings can be felt through the entire building. It's his stellar defensive play, his ability to grind in the offensive zone and cycle the puck so our top lines can catch some air, and the way he can get into an entire teams head is unmatched. Just watch him skate; every stride is a dead sprint. There aren’t many players in the league who have the same fire under their ass as the Otter. While some fans may think he’s overpaid as his offensive production isn’t up to par with most players with similar contracts, we cannot underestimate the leadership he brings to the lockerroom. Ever notice who’s the first one to the goalies after a win? Ever notice who’s always the last guy to walk down the tunnel, allowing the team to go first? Steve Ott. I’m thankful to have leadership done by example, not by bitching about every call and scoring the occasional late game goal.
While our playoff runs as of late have been pretty abysmal, I am still thankful to be a fan of one of the most storied franchises in sports. There was a time in my life the Blues held the record for most consecutive playoff births in all of sports. While the lockout effectively ended the streak, those down years gave the Note a chance to rebuild, and with the new ownership group that actually cares about the organization, we are finally seeing the full potential of the St. Louis Blues.
That’s another thing— Tom Stillman. While I could get into why I’m so thankful for Stillman, I’ll just make a long story short by saying he’s the opposite of Stan Kroenke. With former players like MacInnis and Brodeur in the front office now, I see success for many years to come.
Finally, I am thankful for this opportunity to write for Blues Buzz and to interact with even more of the greatest fans in hockey. Let’s get loud, support the boys, and enjoy the ride to the 2016 Stanley Cup. Let’s go Blues!