St. Louis Blues Team History
Hockey in St. Louis started in 1934 but was short lived. The St Louis Eagles would play only for a single season. The Eagles jersey was white with three blue stripes with red numbering and lettering. The logo was a flying Eagle with a hockey stick held in its claws.
St. Louis would get the Blues thirty three years later joining the National Hockey League in 1967, as one of six expansion teams that year. The name comes from the city’s history and tradition of blues singers. To be more specific the name was chosen in honour of William Christopher Handy’s song, called “The Saint Louis Blues.” A version of the song is also the team’s theme song
The logo used then is almost the same as the one used currently; a winged musical note and inside the wing are musical staff lines. The logo was blue with a gold outline.
The team’s colours were chosen to be blue and gold (yellow). In the teams first season the dark jersey was blue, with gold, blue, and white stripes. The player’s numbers were gold, with a blue and white outline. The numbers appeared on the back and on the top of the sleeves. The light jersey had a similar style but with minor differences in the striping styles. The light jersey also has a contrasted blue and gold shoulder yoke. After the first season, the team changed the light jersey. The striping pattern was modified; the coloured yoke was enlarged; and the player’s numbers on the sleeves was removed.
The jersey would only go through minor changes over the next 17 years, those changes are:
• In 1973, the team re-added player numbers on the light jerseys and changed the colour style of the stripes on the dark jersey.
• In 1974, the team introduced player names for the light jerseys and then to the dark jerseys in 1977.
• In 1979, gold and white shoulder yokes were added to the dark jersey.
In 1984, the team introduced new uniforms. The teams blue colour was darkened. The light and dark jerseys now had matching stripe patterns. The stripe patterns were simple triple bands across the lower torso and the middle of the sleeve.
The front crest was changed and the musical logo was shrunk to make space for the team name “BLUES” above it.
During the remaining 1980’s and early 90’s a few minor changes would be made:
• In 1985, red would be used as a thin trim for the stripes, numbers, letters, and the logo.
• In 1987, the changed the front crest back to the larger winged musical note and dropped the lettering.
• In 1992, the player names and numbers are changed to match each other.
In 1995, the team introduced new uniforms styles. The new style featured an angled cut panel and 5 stripe patterns on the sleeves and lower torso. The light and dark jerseys are mirrors except for colour placements. The player’s numbers on the sleeve and torso are modified with a bottom slant to account for the striping pattern. Red on the light jersey remains essentially only trim but on the dark jersey red becomes the colour of the bottom torso and sleeve panel. This would be the jersey Wayne Gretzky would wear during his season in St. Louis.
In 1997 the team introduced an alternate jersey. The third jersey was a white base with a dark blue panel across the base of the torso and sleeves. Above the dark blue paneling is a gold then light blue striping. There is a contrasting shoulder yoke which was mostly light blue with gold and dark blue stripes on the bottom. The front crest remains the same image of the winged musical note but was made slightly larger with a sharper shape. The main colour became a matching light blue with the main trim became gold. Gold, white, and then dark blue were used on the outlining trim. Player numbers on the sleeve and back become a standard block shape again with the colour style matching the front crest.
In 1998 the team announced that is was using the alternate jersey as the basis for brand new primary jerseys. The new uniforms had almost the exact look except for two changes; there is a change to the striping shape on the sleeves (the kink at the elbow is removed); the shade of the light blue is made darker. The dark jersey has the same layout but uses the lighter blue colour as the base. The striping pattern had the light blue changed to white. The front logo is the same shape but used the dark blue to provide a better contrast. The player names in white with no outline. Player numbers are gold, with a dark blue then white outline.
In 2007, with introduction of the Reebok Edge jersey, the team revamped their uniform. The appearance is similar to the previous jersey with a modernized, curved feel to the pattern and shaping of the striping and shoulder yoke. The lower torso stripe is removed and a thin gold outline of the torso is added to the front and back of the jersey.
In 2008, the team introduced a new alternate jersey. The third jersey uses the dark blue as the primary colour with white and gold being the secondary and trim colour. The jersey has a more simplified or traditional look, with white panels on the wrist and simple striping above the wrist and across the lower torso. The logo is a new seal style circle logo. The logo has several layers of images; in the center is an image of the St. Louis Gateway Arch behind the Blues’ winged note; then outside that there is a patterned gold rim; outside that is a blue ring with gold and white lettering saying “St. Louis” on the top half and “Blues” on the bottom half; finally there is a outside trim of gold then white.
All Time Esteemed Blues
• # 2 Al MacInnins 1994-2004
• # 3 Bob Gassoff 1973-1977
• # 4 Eric Brewer 2005-Current
• # 5 Barret Jackman 1999-Current
• # 7 Keith Tkachuk 2000-2009
• # 8 Barclay Plager 1967-1977
• # 9 Paul Kariya 2007-Current
• # 10 Andy McDonald 2007-Current
• # 11 Brian Sutter 1976-1988
• # 16 Brett Hull 1987-1998
• # 22 Bard Boyes 2007-Current
• # 24 Bernie Federko 1976-1989
• # 99 Wayne Gretzky 1995/96
Recent Top Draft Pick(s)
• 2009 – David Rundblad
• 2008 – Alew Pietrangelo
• 2007 – Lars Eller
• 2007 – Ian Cole
• 2007 – David Perron
Affiliate Teams • Peoria Rivermen of the American Hockey League (AHL).
• Alaska Aces of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).