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Huge Fan Turnout Boosts Blues on Day 1

Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 2:08 PM
By Chris Pinkert - St. Louis Blues / Blue Note Insider
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Huge Fan Turnout Boosts Blues on Day 1

It's officially hockey season.

The Blues opened Training Camp at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Scottrade Center, and fans turned out by the thousands (yes, literally) to watch the team take the ice for the first time during the 2012-13 season.

More than 5,500 fans showed up for Sunday's practice, a clear sign that Blues fans are among the most passionate in the League.

"It was pretty awesome for us," forward Jamie Langenbrunner said. "You never know how people are going to react coming out of this, but we were pretty sure our fans were going to be there for us. They showed today how supportive they are. It's a special feeling for us."

Fans in attendance watched more than 90 minutes of team practices before being treated to post-practice Q&A sessions with the players, a 20 percent discount on merchandise at the True Blues Authentic Team Store and food and beverage specials at the concessions stands.

The Blues will have six days of camp before the regular season begins on Saturday, Jan. 19 vs. Detroit.

"It's amazing the turnout today. It's nice," defenseman Barret Jackman said. "(The fans) were energetic today and they seemed excited. We definitely fed off of it.

"It's good to be back with fans watching."


LINE COMBINATIONS

It's awfully early, but Head Coach Ken Hitchcock had the following line combinations for Sunday's practice. Currently, there are 26 players participating in camp.

Forwards

David Perron - David Backes - T.J. Oshie

Jaden Schwartz - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart

Andy McDonald - Alexander Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko

Matt D'Agostini - Vladimir Sobotka - Ryan Reaves

Chris Porter - Scott Nichol - Jamie Langenbrunner

Defensemen

Kris Russell - Alex Pietrangelo

Barret Jackman - Kevin Shattenkirk

Ian Cole - Roman Polak

Jeff Woywitka - Taylor Chorney

Goalies

Jaroslav Halak

Brian Elliott

Kevin McFarland


LOCAL TRYOUT

The Blues invited former CBC High School graduate Kevin McFarland to training camp this season, giving the team an extra goaltender in camp. Typically, Jake Allen and Mike McKenna would be available, but they are currently needed in Peoria.

McFarland was happy to take advantage of the opportunity.

"It's certainly a special moment. Growing up in St. Louis, being such a big Blues fan, you dream about being part of the team," McFarland said. "Being able to be out there with the guys has been a fun experience so far. "

McFarland has been skating with the team during informal skates recently. He played hockey at CBC for three seasons and graduated in 2005.

"If this ends tomorrow and they don't need me anymore, it still would be an excellent experience," McFarland said. "Everybody here in the organization has been so good to me and welcomed me in."


CAMP CONTINUES MONDAY

The Blues are back on the ice Monday for Day 2 of Training Camp. Practice begins at 11:30 a.m. at Scottrade Center and is free and open to the public. Click here for a detailed Training Camp schedule.

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HOME
AWAY
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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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