Media Guide Offers More than Stats

Tuesday, 01.22.2008 / 3:31 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Media Guide Offers More than Stats

She may not be the world's greatest golfer, but David Backes would still invite Jessica Simpson onto his golf foursome.
If David Backes could pick anyone to make up his all-time golf foursome, he’d choose Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth and Jessica Simpson.

Last I checked though, Simpson wasn't known for her golfing ability.

“That really doesn’t matter at all,” Backes said. “She can have some unwitty one-liners and she can just sit in the cart for all I care.”

While she’s there, she might try to sell some Proactiv.

“That’s fine, I’d use some of that,” Backes said. “As long as she’s around, that’s good.”

It’s funny, but it doesn’t take much to discover gems like these. You don’t need John Davidson’s cell number or to know-somebody-who’s-uncle-knows-somebody-who-knows Backes. Just flip through the pages of the Blues media guide and you’ll find a gold mine of tidbits just like these.

D.J. King’s golf foursome would include Lance Armstrong, Wayne Gretzky and Scarlett Johansson. “Maybe I’ll just subtract those other two and put Jessica Alba in there,” King said after giving it a second thought.

While most of his teammates were burning their last picks on a babe, Barret Jackman made perhaps the most surprising choices for his foursome…Bobby Orr, Ray Bourque and Dan Hinote.

"Why's Bobby Orr in there?" Hinote joked.

If it came down to this guy or Jessica Simpson for the final spot on my golf team, I'd have to give the edge to Jessica. But that's just me.

From a defenseman's point of view, Orr and Bourque are understandable. But Hinote?


“Hey, he’s a good-looking guy,” Jackman quipped. “The girls are just going to flock to him anyway, so you might as well have him with you.”

Had Jackman paged through the media guide like I did, he would have learned that Hinote was chosen as one of Denver’s “Hottest Singles” by 5280 Magazine in 2001.

So we know Jackman’s reasoning…why did Brad Boyes leave a hottie out of his foursome?

“Good question,” Boyes said. “Maybe my girlfriend was looking over my shoulder when I was filling that out.”


Player’s tastes in entertainment vary quite a bit, but by flipping through the media guide pages, you might notice that several of the guys share the same tastes in music and television.

Country music is popular among Blues players like Backes, King and Erik Johnson, but not so popular with several others, including Boyes.

“I’m not a big country guy, never was,” he said. “I love Metallica. It was my first concert I went to and when I was growing up, my friends were into it.”

“I think they’re wrong,” Backes said of teammates who don’t entirely get the country thing. “Whoever it is they say, they’re wrong.”

According to the Blues media guide, HBO's Entourage is perhaps the most popular TV show among Blues players.

Kenny Chesney and Brad Paisley are listed as favorites in the media guide, but just mention country music to any of these guys and they’re quick to throw around names such as Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts and even former American Idol star Carrie Underwood, who Backes would be happy to have caddy his golf foursome.

Some listed the Killers, Nickelback and Dave Matthews as favorite bands, while others I won’t name (OK, fine, I’ll name a few: Keith Tkachuk, Paul Kariya and Eric Brewer) declined to give us any insight into what’s on their iPod.

Without question, the majority of players who listed their favorite TV shows included HBO’s “Entourage.”

“It’s like a superficial lifestyle that everyone would like to lead,” Boyes said. “Just hang out with your buddies, not worry about anything. It’s a show that every teenager or young adult can relate to.”

“I like ‘Entourage,’ too, but I’m big in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ right now,” Johnson said. “And SportsCenter, but I’d pick the TSN version now. ESPN’s is brutal.”

When it comes to movies, it’s a toss up.

Tkachuk votes for Slap Shot. Matt Walker chose Tombstone. Kariya would watch the Godfather over and over again. But start talking movies around the Blues locker room and Hinote’s bound to trumpet the Star Wars trilogy.

“I blame it on my parents. I had the whole Star Wars bed sheet set (and) the wallpaper,” Hinote said. “When you start out like that, your course is set, I just followed the track. I’m a big nerd.”

Glad you said it, Dan. Now I won’t have to.


All kidding aside for a minute (don’t worry, we’ll get back to that later), Blues players spend a lot of time away from the rink helping charities and supporting various causes.

Starting from the goal and working your way out, Manny Legace serves as a spokesman for the Judson Center, a facility that assists with the special needs of abused or neglected children. Jay McKee works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and Kariya supports local children’s hospitals financially in addition to donating season tickets to low-income youth hockey players.

Hinote's Heroes is just one of many charitable organizations that Blues players get involved with. (Photo by Mark Buckner).
Others create their own charity organizations such as Hinote’s Heroes, which is dedicated to improving the lives of hospitalized children by donating items such as laptops, Xboxes and more to local hospitals.

“My sister worked with cancer children and I would go and visit the kids and see how they lived on an everyday basis,” Hinote said, recalling his charity work in Denver with the Colorado Avalanche. “Once I started meeting these kids and families, it seemed like an easy path to follow and it’s been so rewarding. I can’t tell you how much I’ve gotten out of it."

Jamal Mayers, Bryce Salvador and Jackman spend a portion of their summers holding youth hockey camps, and they’re not just putting their names on a program while others actually carry out the work. All three of them are on the ice, trying to help youth hockey kids improve.

“We like working with kids. We were all there at one time, and I think the three of us share the same thoughts and beliefs about how cool it would have been to go to a camp with an NHL player,” Salvador said last summer. “It’s just one of those things that you’ll remember the smile on the kids’ faces. It keeps you feeling young even though we’re getting old.”

All of this happens in addition to the Blues charity events throughout the season, such as Dream Night, the Komen Race for the Cure and more.

One thing is for sure when it comes to these players: they’re not just committed on the ice, but off the ice, too.


Most of the guys started skating at a young age, but not as early as Jackman and King, who both put on skates at two. Who was the better skater back then?

"It was most likely me," Jackman said. "But he most likely had bigger feet, so he had a bigger base to stand on."

"You watch the game and tell me," Backes said.

But Backes has no business making fun of his teammates' skating ability as kids.

“My first experience on skates was nothing pleasant,” he said. “My mom just threw me out there with a pair of skates on like any kid. I did the ol’ slip backwards, crack my head, so I never wanted to go out there again.”

For the Blues, it's a good thing he did.

But music, TV shows, skating, babes on the golf course… that’s about where the similarities end.

Keep on reading through the media guide and you’ll find that when it comes to everyday leisure time hobbies, many of your Blues are polar opposites.

Ryan Johnson likes to ride a horse he owns while Legace like to ride an iron horse (as in a Harley Davidson motorcycle). Hinote has dreams of working for the FBI when his NHL career is over, while Jay McClement would be content spending the rest of his days relaxing on a pontoon boat. Lee Stempniak enjoys sword fish and steak for dinner, but McKee is happy with stuffed peppers.

Just goes to show that there is much more to these hockey players than, well... hockey.




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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


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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
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

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