Sign in with your NHL account:
  • Submit
  • Or
  • Sign in with Google
 
 

Stastny's Boyhood Dream is Now Reality

Saturday, 02.16.2008 / 10:39 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
X
Share with your Friends


Stastny\'s Boyhood Dream is Now Reality
Yan Stastny has no problem finding his way around a Blues locker room, even though Saturday night marked the first time he’d ever played a regular season game wearing a Blues sweater.

The room, much like the one at the old St. Louis Arena, is familiar territory for Stastny. As a kid, he and his brother Paul would keep themselves entertained by running around, playing hockey there on the floor while Blues players and reporters tried to navigate around them after a game.

Forward Yan Stastny scored a goal off the faceoff in his first game with the Blues, who he grew up watching as a child.
For two years, this was the routine as the Stastny boys waited for their father, Peter, to take them home after a game. Peter Stastny, whose NHL career spanned 15 years and 1,239 points, played the last two seasons of his career in St. Louis before retiring in 1995.

"(St.Louis) is a city I grew up in. I went to grade school all the way through my senior year in high school here," Yan said. "We set up roots here and it's home. Not too many people can play for their hometown team.”

Yan, who attended Chaminade and Parkway Central High School while growing up in St. Louis, took the long, winding scenic route to his debut with the Blues. After playing youth hockey in the area, he left to play two seasons at the University of Notre Dame before being drafted by the Boston Bruins (8th round, 259th overall) in 2002. He made his NHL debut in 2006 and played three games with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded back to Boston just eight days later for Sergei Samsonov.

He played 38 games with the Bruins before being sent to Providence, their AHL affiliate. While there, he was traded to the Blues in January 2007 for a fifth round choice in last summer’s draft.

Even with 41 NHL games on his resume, it's unlikely Yan could have been more excited than he was for Saturday night's matchup with Nashville.

“It’s exciting and it’s something I’ve been looking forward to all year,” Yan said. “I’m just looking to have fun tonight and make the most of my opportunity.”

Yan's first appearance for the Blues marked just the second time in history that a father and son have both worn Blues jerseys. The first was Bob and Brent Johnson.

We set up roots here and it's home. Not too many people can play for their hometown team. - Yan Stastny
To top off the occasion, Yan scored the first goal of the game for the Blues, his first in a Blues uniform and second in the NHL at 15:40 of the first period. WATCH

"Talk about a special story, to put a Blues jersey on in his hometown, it's like a French-canadian getting a chance to play in Montreal," said Blues head coach Andy Murray. "It should be that kind of significance for everyone around here for everybody to see one of your own get a chance to play in a Blues jersey."

Yan's younger brother, Paul, has had a much quicker road to the NHL. After two seasons at the University of Denver, he was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche and is among the league’s most prolific young scorers, recording 127 points in 128 NHL games.

With two sons in the NHL, it appears the Stastnys may be a textbook case of "like father, like son." Peter’s wisdom has certainly rubbed off on the boys.

“It was something that every chance my dad had to comment or critique our game, he always gave constructive criticism,” Yan said. “He was very hands-on in the way we developed as hockey players.”

Having learned from one of the best, it’s possible both Paul and Yan will have long, fruitful careers in the NHL.

But that's still a little bit down the road. For now, Yan is just thrilled he's lived his dream.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

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

 
TICKETS
Single Game Tickets
Full Season Tickets
Half Season Plans
12-Game Plans
6-Game Packs
Group Tickets
Luxury Suites
My Account
NHL Ticket Exchange

TEAM
Team Roster
Prospects
Coaches
Front Office
Blues History
All-Time Player Roster
Chicago Wolves
Alaska Aces

SCHEDULE
Preseason
Regular Season
Promotions Schedule
Schedule Downloads

STATS
Player Stats
League Standings

NEWS
News
Features
Blues Overtime Blog

VIDEO
Game Highlights
GameDay
News & Interviews
All-Access
NHL Network

SOCIAL
Find a Player
Facebook
Twitter
Mobile App
E-mail Subscriptions

FANS
Hot Deals for Cool Fans
Photo Galleries
License Plates

COMMUNITY
Blues in the Community
Blues 14 Fund
50/50 Raffle Numbers

SHOP
Online Store
Blues Auctions
True Blues Authentics

stlouisblues.com is the official Web site of the St Louis Blues. St Louis Blues, stlouisblues.com and stlblues.com are trademarks of the St Louis Blues Hockey Club. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2014 St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

PRIVACY POLICY | ADCHOICES | TERMS OF USE | EMPLOYMENT & INTERNSHIPS | GUEST EXPERIENCE SURVEY | CONTACT US