These letters to the editor will run in the Friday, June 14, edition of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Florida Blues fan congratulates his childhood team
No matter how old you are, it’s always special to see your boyhood team win the Stanley Cup. Congratulations, Blues. I’m so happy for you all and the city of St. Louis.
Paul Bacon • Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Sportswriter’s prose on Ryan O’Reilly was brilliant
What a brilliant piece of writing by Post-Dispatch sports writer Tom Timmermann in Wednesday’s paper: “In the dark days of October and November, when the team was lost in the wilderness, it was O’Reilly who had the map and a flashlight. He was the answer before much of the team could figure out the question.”
And now, the Blues are the Stanley Cup champions!
Brian Geurin • Shrewsbury
Blues fans didn’t destroy or loot while celebrating
Congrats to the St. Louis Blues and their loyal fans. You can see how great the fans are because they did not destroy the city when we won, or loot any business. And they stayed up to greet the team at the airport. I never watched a hockey game until the Blues made it to the finals. And bringing their number one fan, Laila Anderson, to the game really made her day.
Mary DAmico • Affton
Empathetic Blues fan glad Laila Anderson was there
Congratulations St. Louis Blues on winning the Stanley Cup for the first time. It was great to see a team from the 1967 expansion finally win it. To 11-year-old Laila Anderson: I know what you are going through, and it was great to see you at the games plus getting first-class treatment from the Blues and the National Hockey League as well. All the best, Laila, in your treatments and recovery. Congratulations, St. Louis Blues!
Paul Augustine • Thedford, Ontario
Former St. Louisan cheers on Blues from Costa Rica
I actually live in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. I watch all Blues games on Internet Protocol television. I bought my first season tickets in 1967 and had them until 1980. I was friends with some of the original players.
I remember all the good things, crazy things and bad things. I remember Jacques Plante taking my oldest son (he was 3) into the locker room and coming back with a goalie stick autographed with all the team members. I remember my wife, who passed away very young, bringing a rubber chicken to the games and waving at referee’s or opposing players. We bled Blue from day one. I remember sweating in the old barn, the Arena, when playoff time came.
On Saturday nights, all the fans dressed up for the games. Women wore dresses, men wore jackets and ties. It was great. Over the years we had lots of ups and downs. I just retired to Costa Rica, and my team wins it all. I cried, my sons cried and my grandson cried Wednesday night.
Donald House • Ballwin
This is just like when the Cubs finally won World Series
The fat lady has sung! Elvis has left the building! Go crazy, folks! Here’s to the oldest team in the National Hockey League to never have won the Stanley Cup. Here’s to 52 years of effort. Here’s to the team with a history of Hall of Famers. The fourth time was the charm.
Here’s to the fans who watched the games with the sound muted on their TVs in an effort to control their blood pressure. Here’s to the 46-year season ticket holder who never gave up on his team. Here’s to the 90-year-old fan who didn’t discover Blues hockey until she was 80. Here’s to the fan who, over the years, paced the equivalent of 10 marathons because she just couldn’t sit and watch anymore. Here’s to the fan who lived in northern Michigan and sat in his car in freezing temperatures listening to the games on his radio because it was the only reception available.
Here’s to their children and grandchildren, who naturally grew up to be fans too, happily accepting and embracing the torch passed down from their parents.
It kind of gives you a sense of how the Cubs fans felt when they finally won a World Series, doesn’t it? (Sorry, the devil made me write that last sentence.)
Judy Tornatore • Sappington
The Stanley Cup should make this Blues alum happy
Somewhere in Canada, Garry Unger is smiling. Congrats, St. Louis Blues.
Dave Steinberg • Lindenhurst, New York
Congrats from a Vancouver well-wisher and Canucks fan
Congratulations St. Louis on your Stanley Cup victory, and thank you for doing to the Bruins what they did to the Vancouver Canucks eight years ago. That loss still hurts to this day.
Brad Falck • North Vancouver, British Columbia
Considering his name, this Oregonian had to be a fan
God bless my beloved Blues and a heartfelt congratulations to the great fans and people of St. Louis. With a name like mine, how could I not be a fan. It’s a title well deserved.
Doug Harvey • Roseburg, Ore.
Former Blues executive reflects on team's beginnings
I want to thank the St. Louis Blues, the players and their staff for putting the final touches on a dream I began some 54 years ago. Back then, I was an aggressive 29-year old who wanted to be part of a major league sports team.
When I look back on my unbelievable journey, three improbable occasions come to mind. Somehow I convinced Clarence Campbell, the then-commissioner of the National Hockey League, that I had the wherewithal to purchase an expansion team for St. Louis.
I then sought out my friend, Sid Salomon III. After several conversations with him and his dad, Sid Salomon, Jr., both agreed I should continue pursuing my goal. They told me they would jump in when the right time came about. Later, I got the call that changed my life forever. The Salomons were calling from New York. They were going to pull it off. An NHL team was in sight.
In 1966, I was named publicity director of the St. Louis Blues. Four years later I became vice president and general manager of the St. Louis Arena.
Congratulations, Blues. You have made St. Louis proud. You are the Stanley Cup champions.
Wayne Cooper • Bloomington, Minn.
The Blues victory accomplished what others couldn’t
The Blues didn’t just win the Stanley Cup, they combined support from the city of St. Louis as well as North County, South County, West County, surrounding Missouri counties and the Metro East. They succeeded while politicians and others failed at making St. Louis “better together.”
Donald Casalone • St. Louis County