In what locals called the biggest thing ever to have happened in Calahoo, Alberta (population: 85), St. Louis Blues coach Craig Berube brought the Stanley Cup home to an enthusiastic welcome by friends, relatives and visitors from all over. Nearly 3,000 showed up at the tiny town's ice rink for the event.
Jim Thomas covers Blues hockey for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
It was a busy first day of free agency but nothing seismic compared to last year.
Third-round draft pick Colten Ellis is from River Denys, Nova Scotia, population "probably 30."
Although lacking the star power of previous camps, there were several prospects in attendance who could push for Blues roster spots in the future.
Pending free agent, who scored huge goal in Stanley Cup Final, gets $1.75 million a year on new contract as GM Armstrong tries to 'bring the band back.'
After leading the charge up the standings and to the Stanley Cup, Berube gets some job security as Blues' coach.