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Monday, August 23, 2010

St. Louis Blues - Franchise, Team, Arena and Uniform History


Almost all of the actual original watercolor paintings used in this poster are available for sale – see Section 5 of this blog.

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The next little bit of text and photos (found between the double lines) was posted on June 7, 2012 and is intended to be here just until June 13, 2012. This full text can be found in the blog I posted on June 4, 2012 called "St. Louis Arena - Can You Imagine Drawing 17,984 Seats By Hand?"

If you are a fan of the Blues you are likely a fan of the wonderful old St. Louis Arena. The Arena was closed in May 1994 (imploded five years later in 1999) and shortly thereafter the city offered much of the contents for sale in an auction. I bought 3000 of the wonderful seats that had been installed prior to the Blues inaugural 1967-68 NHL season. The seats were still in great shape after 30 years of use, although the backs of the seats were incredible filthy from 30+ ears of spilled beer and soda and popcorn and peanuts.

St. Louis Arena seat - seats
St. Louis Arena seat - seats

In the process of removing the seats, we asked the building officials if they had a floor plan that would help us in the process of identifying each seat location. What they were able to come up with was a wonderful (but undated) seating plan of the Arena.

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I recently rediscovered this seating plan and thought that I should offer it for sale to a true Blues / Arena fan rather than keep it myself. As much as I liked the St. Louis Arena, I grew up in Toronto and I'm not sure a wall hanging of the St. Louis Arena seating plan makes sense in my home.

Thus I direct you to my Ebay listing which goes live Monday June 4, 2012 and closes Wednesday June 13th.

I am reasonably confidant that this seating plan is from the early 1980's - it looks and feels even older but I believe the early 80's is correct because it shows EXACTLY 17,984 seats which is almost exactly the reported building capacity from that era.

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1. St. Louis Blues – The Franchise History
This franchise was established (by established we mean the year of the franchise’s first game) in 1967. The franchise has always been known as the St. Louis Blues.

2. St. Louis Blues – Championships/Great Accomplishments
Three Stanley Cup Finals Appearances:
1967-68 – Lost to Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 0
1968-69 – Lost to Montreal Canadiens 4 games to 0
1969-70 – Lost to Boston Bruins 4 games to 0

Seven Division Championships:
1968-69 West Division Champions 37-25-14: 88 pts
1969-70 West Division Champions 37-27-12: 86 pts
1976-77 Smythe Division Champions 32-39-9: 73 pts
1980-81 Smythe Division Champions 45-18-17: 107 pts
1984-85 Norris Division Champions 37-31-12: 86 pts
1986-87 Norris Division Champions 32-33-15: 79 pts
1999-2000 Central Division Champions 51-19-11: 113 pts

3. St. Louis Blues – Home Arena History
The Blues have played in the following home arenas:
1. St. Louis Arena / Checkerdome / St. Louis Arena, St. Louis
1967 - 1994


2. Kiel Centre / Savvis Center / Scottrade Center, St. Louis
1994 - Present


4. For more information on the Blues, you should visit/bookmark these great websites:

A. I personally think Wikipedia keeps getting better and better with each passing year – here is the Blues Wikipedia site:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Louis_Blues_(ice_hockey)

B. For a great season-by-season summary of each Blues season:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_St._Louis_Blues_seasons

C. These guys do a great job of team (and player) stats for all active and defunct franchises
http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/

D. For some good info about arenas past, present and future, visit this site (and don’t be fooled by the their name – even though it’s ballparks dot com, they do a good job on hockey arenas too):
http://hockey.ballparks.com/

E. For great stats on past and present players and prospects, these guys do an amazing job:
http://www.hockeydb.com/

5. Celebrate the Blues' jersey history by owning a famous piece of jersey artwork:
If you love the St. Louis Blues and the history of the Blues franchise, you might really love to own an original piece of artwork celebrating the team's historic jerseys as seen in the poster at the top of this blog - you can actually own one of those original pieces of art! There are only 14 pieces of original art available for sale, and when these 14 are sold, that's it, they're all sold out.

These original watercolor paintings would make a great gift (birthday gift, anniversary gift, retirement gift, Christmas gift, etc.) for someone you love or even a great gift for yourself (one of these framed pieces would look fantastic in your home or office). Each piece can be bought one of three ways:
1. As unframed art that you could have framed or mounted yourself (the one on the left)
2. Framed in our "Classic" framed version (the middle version)
3. Framed in our "Deluxe" framed version (the version on the right)



If you would like more information about this great artwork including the three ways you could purchase each piece, please visit our St. Louis Blues YouTube video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQYgMEW7pVw or go directly to the artwork website www.heritagesportsart.com/St.-Louis-Blues-c189/ where you can see and purchase the artwork.

And if someone you know loves the history of sports uniforms (but maybe another team) and loves great art, please let them know that we have over 1500 pieces of great original artwork for sale at www.heritagesportsart.com (all NFL teams, all MLB teams, all NHL teams, all CFL teams, select NCAA football teams) or check out each team's video at the Heritage Sports Art YouTube Channel www.youtube.com/user/ssillcox .

6. The original pen and ink drawings of the arenas shown above are also for sale.
Please note that the actual original, highly detailed, hand-drawn pen and ink sketches used for the 2 arena images shown above are available for sale as a complete collection to one Blues fan. If you are interested in being the one and only owner of this complete and original collection of St. Louis Blues arena images, please contact me by email ssillcox@rogers.com and I can explain how they can all be framed in one beautiful piece.

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This text was written by Scott Sillcox and was last updated August 23, 2010. I have tried to ensure the accuracy of the information, but I am human and can make mistakes. If you believe I have made a mistake, please let me know by email at ssillcox@rogers.com !

Many thanks!!!
Scott

1 comment:

  1. The Blues home jersey is one of the most eccentric in the NHL in my opinion. Not too crazy about their plain alternate jerseys though. Too much like the Blue Jackets alternates.
    http://www.fromthisseat.com/index.php/nhl/st-louis-blues

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