Admittedly, I know very little about either St. Louis or the Blues. The previous extent of my St. Louis Blues knowledge was formed while playing an unhealthy amount of NHL ’94 on my old Sega Genesis. (Al MacInnis had an absolute rocket for a slapshot.) So for this post, I had to enlist the help of Dan who is from “the Lou” and a hardcore fan of his hometown hockey team. He was nice enough to share an insider’s view of the Blues and their fans. He even helped me remember that Wayne Gretzky was once a member of the team. Below is an edited version of our email exchange. Thanks for all the great help Dan. This one’s for you Jon Hamm!!
View My Seats: How would you describe a typical St. Louis Blues fan?
Dan: You have to remember St. Louis is a baseball town and the Cardinals are by far and away the #1 team and passion of the city. The Blues fan base is definitely made up of your core hockey fans. They are knowledgeable and passionate, but don’t have the same lewdness and craze that you would see from Rangers, Flyers or Wings fan. STL fans were spoiled for so many years because the team always made the playoffs. The streak of 25+ years was finally broken in 2004 or 2005. Attendance took a big hit when the team started rebuilding because they lacked a big name without Pronger, MacInnis, or Hull. Fans have finally started coming back this year with teams strong start. Nearly all of the home games have been sellouts. However, I did notice when we at the game last week that it was much more of a family crowd than I remember. As a result the building lacked a lot of buzz, energy and rowdiness for a Saturday night game against a rival. (They played Dallas and it was the second night of a home and home). I was a little disappointed since I had been reading about how great attendance was this year.
VMS: What would an outsider say about the typical Blues fan?
Dan: An outsider attending the game I saw would probably have been disappointed by the fans. However, core Blues fans are great. Its just tough being that fan in a baseball town.
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