ST. LOUIS BLUES • 40 TEAMS IN 40 WEEKS • WEEK 5 • Every Tuesday throughout the 2012-13 hockey season, we’ll look at significant auction action from another professional hockey team (active or defunct). We will highlight (if available) the top-5 auction results as well as a few results of modern jerseys for those teams that are still active (especially those sourced by one of our favourite The Want List hockey magazine sponsors, the MeiGray Group).
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1. 1970-71 St. Louis Blues Glenn Hall game-used jersey
High bid of $5,315 U.S. (Leland’s, Dec. 6, 2002)
2. 1968-69 St. Louis Blues Barclay Plager game-used jersey
High bid of $3,700 U.S. (May 24, 2011)
3. 1967-68 St. Louis Blues Noel Picard game-used jersey
High bid of $3,630 U.S. (Classic Collectibles, Oct. 23, 2007)
4. circa 1972 St. Louis Blues Garry Unger game-used jersey
High bid of $3,575 U.S. (Classic Collectibles, Feb. 17, 2004)
5. 1982-83 St. Louis Blues Joe Mullen game-used jersey
High bid of $3,363 U.S. (Gamewornauctions.net, May 24, 2011)
1. 2001-02 St. Louis Blues Chris Pronger game-used jersey
High bid of $3,252 U.S. (Hockey Fights Cancer, Feb. 2, 2002)
2. 1991-92 St. Louis Blues Brendan Shanahan game-used jersey
High bid of $2,780 U.S. (Gamewornauctions.net, May 16, 2007)
3. 1993-94 St. Louis Blues Brendan Shanahan game-used jersey
High bid of $2,541 U.S. (Classic Collectibles, June 21, 2011)
4. 1993-94 St. Louis Blues Brett Hull game-used jersey
High bid of $2,527 U.S. (Gamewornauctions.net, Nov. 23, 2011)
5. 1992-93 St. Louis Blues Brendan Shanahan game-used jersey
High bid of $2,087 U.S. (Leland’s, Dec. 4, 2003)
HEROES OF YEAR TWO
For the second of three-straight seasons, the 1968-69 St. Louis Blues reached the Stanley Cup final, but lost in the final series. The team captain and scoring leader was Red Berenson. Other 20-goal scorers were Gary Sabourin and Ab McDonald. The goalies were Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante.
HALL OF JERSEYS
Sixteen former Blues are now honoured members of the Hockey Hall of Fame. Five of them are also former captains: #24 Bernie Federko, #2 Scott Stevens, #16 Brett Hull, #99 Wayne Gretzky, and #2 Al MacInnis. Federko, Hull and MacInnis have also had their numbers retired by the club. Other former Blues now in the Hockey Hall of Fame are Doug Harvey, Dickie Moore, Glenn Hall, Jacques Plante, Guy Lapointe, #26 Peter Stastny, #7 Joe Mullen, Dale Hawerchuk, #31 Grant Fuhr, #9 Doug Gilmour and #12 Adam Oates. Along with the retired numbers of Federko, Hull and MacInnis, the Blues have also retired numbers in honour of #3 Bob Gassoff, #8 Barclay Plager, and #11 Brian Sutter.
GAME EDITION 2012-13
The St. Louis Blues’ captain is #42 David Backes. Alternate captains are #5 Barret Jackman, #10 Andy McDonald, #15 Jamie Langenbrunner and #20 Alexander Steen. The team’s goalies are #1 Brian Elliott and #41 Jaroslav Halak. (To see the Blues’ entire roster, please visit blues.com.)