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Blues' Cup win had major impact on youth hockey in Missouri

Tim Tucker   ·   25 janvier 2020
The St. Louis Blues' Stanley Cup win last season was a big one for the franchise. It was the team's first championship since entering the NHL in the 1967 expansion and marked a huge feat for a team that was once on the brink of financial collapse in the late 1970s, extending into the 1980s. We're now finding out that the Championship season in 2018-19 is having a major impact on youth hockey in the area.

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According to the Executive Director of USA Hockey, Pat Kelleher, registration for eight-and-under boys and girls hockey has increased 30 percent in Missouri since the Blues won the Stanley Cup nine months ago. That is a huge increase that can be directly attributed to the team's success. There aren't a lot of hockey players that claim Missouri as their state of birth. The most successful at the NHL level would be Pat LaFontaine, who recorded 1013 points in 865 games. There's also, of course, Pat Maroon, who managed to win a Stanley Cup last season with his hometown team before moving on to Tampa Bay. Outside of this, there are a handful who have made a mark in the NHL, including Brady Tkachuk, who was born in St. Louis when his father played for the team. Perhaps this increase in enrollment in youth hockey can change that.

Missouri doesn't seem like a place one would consider to be a hockey hotbed but, despite the Blues past financial troubles, (that are long in the rear-view mirror at this point), attendance has been excellent, with consistent sell-outs at the team's arena dating back long before last season's Cup win. The increase in youth hockey players and the team's continued success will ensure more Missouri-born NHL stats in the future.

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COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
60 95
NATHAN MACKINNON
59 84
DAVID PASTRNAK
61 84
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 81
ARTEMI PANARIN
58 79
JACK EICHEL
59 75
PATRICK KANE
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BRAD MARCHAND
61 75
NIKITA KUCHEROV
58 73
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
60 72
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
AUSTON MATTHEWS
61 43
DAVID PASTRNAK
61 43
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
58 40
SEBASTIAN AHO
59 34
LEON DRAISAITL
60 34
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
60 61
JOHN CARLSON
59 55
BRAD MARCHAND
61 52
CONNOR MCDAVID
55 51
NATHAN MACKINNON
59 51
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
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59 70
ROMAN JOSI
59 57
VICTOR HEDMAN
58 49
QUINN HUGHES
59 47
ALEX PIETRANGELO
60 47
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59 47
CALE MAKAR
51 45
VICTOR OLOFSSON
45 40
NICK SUZUKI
62 40
DOMINIK KUBALIK
58 38
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ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
44 32
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
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JORDAN BINNINGTON
43 25
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
45 24
CAREY PRICE
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SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
29 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
43 4
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
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JAMES REIMER
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JAROSLAV HALAK
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