Hey Hey and welcome back to the Timid Lion Blog! Today, I wanted to talk about the St. Louis Blues. I know, I know. Everyone is tired of my posts about the Blues. While I have been posting quite a bit about the team, I can’t help it. I’m excited! I’ve been a Blues fan since the early-90s and them winning their first Stanley Cup is something I wasn’t sure I would ever see.
I started watching the Blues back in 1995. Brett Hull was in his prime, Al MacInnis was a new Blue and we were on the verge of trading for Wayne Gretzky. It was a great time to be a St. Louis Blues fan. A year before, my Mom bought NHL ’94 for the Super Nintendo. I’m not sure how I ended up getting the game as I had never watched hockey. My Mom was a very generous and giving person. She would get paid every two weeks and she would always take my family out to eat and then we would go shopping afterwards. She wasn’t a big spender, we would mostly get items we needed for the house and an occasional splurge. She was always willing to buy my brother and I something, as long as it wasn’t too expensive. So, I’m assuming that during one of our shopping trips, we spotted NHL ’94 in the discount bin. She wouldn’t have had an issue getting it for us.
This is one of my favorite video games of all time. I’m assuming that I received this game in 1994. The game was released in October 1993 for the SNES, but as I mentioned, I’m sure we would have gotten this much later from the discount rack. This was my first intro to hockey. I’m from St. Louis so I played as the Blues. Right away, I fell in love with the game and the sport. It was quick paced and the simple idea of putting the puck into the net was easy to understand. Back then, local television station, KPLR 11 had broadcast rights to some Blues games. The television my brother and I used didn’t have cable. But I began watching games on KPLR during the 1995 season. We would later have cable installed on that television as well. That allowed me to watch many more games.
My first season saw the Blues make it to the Western Conference Semifinals against the (mid-90’s juggernaut) Detroit Red Wings team. As good as they were, the Blues made it to Game 7, double overtime. They were one goal away from going to the Western Conference Final when Steve Yzerman scored on Jon Casey. That goal ended the season and welcomed me to Blues hockey. It also brought about my disdain for the Red Wings. They aren’t as hated anymore as they have since moved to the Eastern Conference. We only play them twice per season. Admittedly, I would love to face the Detroit Red Wings in the Stanley Cup Final someday.
Fast forward 25 years and we are in the 2018-2019 season. I won’t recap the entire year for the Blues. Suffice to say, they were in last place in the league on January 3rd. They mounted an amazing comeback which culminated with them beating the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, lifting the Cup for the first time. It’s been amazing and I still don’t believe it. Hockey fans are a superstitious bunch so you aren’t really allowed to talk about winning the Cup, in fear of jinxing it. I’ve fallen into that trap before, although it doesn’t really matter. What will be, will be. However, now that they have won, I can finally produce a cartoon of myself hoisting the Cup. Oh Baby, how sweet it is. Let’s Go Blues!