Fans Get Once In a Lifetime Opportunity

Wednesday, 10.24.2007 / 12:02 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Andy Strickland
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Fans Get Once In a Lifetime Opportunity
Tim Auer (right) and his family were randomly selected to receive a Blues prize package that they will never forget.

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For the Auer family, this was supposed to be another night at the Blues game, but then everything changed.

Tim and Renee Auer, along with their two kids, were just minding their own business when they were approached by a Blues employee asking them to hang on for a minute because somebody wanted to speak to them.

“We thought we did something wrong,” said Tim Auer.

That somebody just so happened to be Blues owner Checketts, who slowly approached the Auer family.

“It’s going to be a monumental evening for you folks. Hang on for the ride, it’s going to be a wild one.”

Before too long, media and television cameras began to gather around the family, who at the time, still wasn’t sure what was about to unfold. The Blues picked a random family to celebrate that the organization has already generated more ticket revenue this season than they did all of last year. Not a bad accomplishment when you consider it’s not even November.

“We just wanted to say thank you,” said Checketts.

At the end of the night, it was the Auer family saying thank you. Right away, Tim and Renee, along with their two sons Asa, 6, and Aden, 3, were handed autographed Paul Kariya jerseys and had their tickets upgraded to the club level, where the food and drinks were free throughout the evening.

During the game, they were shown on the scoreboard before being paraded up to the press box to meet Blues President John Davidson. The Auer’s were then interviewed on the Blues radio broadcast by former player Kelly Chase.

“We were so nervous, this doesn’t happen to regular people,” said Renee Auer.

No, it doesn’t, but then again, these aren’t regular owners.

“They are no different then what fans say about them, they are top notch people who care about the fans, the team, and the city,” said Tim Auer.

Checketts could hardly take a step in the arena concourse before a fan would extend their hand to say “Thanks for everything you are doing to bring Blues hockey back.”

“It feels good, but we still have a long way to go,” said Checketts.

Following the game, the ride was far from over for the Auers, who were taken into the Blues dressing room, where they shook hands with several of their favorite Blues players.

“I can’t feel my knees, someone needs to pinch me,” said Tim Auer.

Before the family left the Scottrade Center to head back to their House Springs home, they received more gifts, including several autographed pucks and Blues hats, to go along with a Manny Legace and David Backes game-used hockey stick.

The organization has made a commitment to reconnect with the hockey fans in St. Louis. They certainly made an impression on at least one family Tuesday night.

“I don’t think I’ll be sleeping tonight,” said Tim Auer.

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