Entry #2

Tuesday, 09.29.2009 / 9:48 AM
By Darren Pang - St. Louis Blues Online / Bloggin' from Sweden
The game in Linkoping Sweden was nothing extraordinary.

The experience was special, and that's what this trip is all about.

The hosts were nice, the people in the stands were very nice as this countryside setting on a beautiful day was perfect.

The Blues did not take this team lightly. They prepared for the likes of Niklas Havelid, Freddie Norrena and Tony Martensson as if they were all top NHL players, and won the game rather easily, 6-0.

Minor league hockey kids raised money selling 50/50 tickets, programs and scarfs before the Blues/Linkoping game on Tuesday.
But it wasn't about the game, it was the train ride, the beautiful, small arena, and the kids that were watching, in awe of "NHL players on the St Louis Blues Hockey Team," as they said it.

Before the game, minor hockey kids raised funds selling 50/50 tickets, programs and scarfs.

They were going in the pro shop at the Arena trying on Blues jerseys with BERGLUND and STEEN on the back, all the while wearing their local teams jerseys on their backs.

The train ride was smooth, and just seeing Blues President John Davidson smiling ear to ear, taking it all in, was worth the trip.

It is so much about the big picture. These athletes have played hockey forever. Every rink, whether in the NHL or AHL, College or Junior, all seem the same.

This isn't the same and we all know it.

The enthusiasm in the stands wasn't what the players expected. They were thinking flags, painted faces and noise. Instead it was quiet, like they were anticipating a beating on their local team. They went to the game as hockey fans that were curious. How good are these guys?

Overall, there were plenty of stories, a few laughs, and no injuries!

Many thanks to Linkoping President Mike Helber and his staff for their wonderful treatment, it was a solid day.

- Panger

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