Ask a Player: B.J. Crombeen

Saturday, 01.03.2009 / 6:54 PM / St Louis Blues - Features
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B.J. Crombeen fought Travis Moen after the opening face off in his Blues' debut on Nov. 21 (Photo by Mark Buckner).
In December, gave fans a chance to submit questions for Blues foward B.J. Crombeen, whose father, Mike, played for the Blues from 1978-83. After receiving hundreds of questions, we selected 10 that summed up what most fans were asking and gave them to B.J. to answer.

His responses are below. If your question was not answered, keep an eye on in the future for more Ask a Player features.

1. Who or what has been the greatest influence for you in your career?
– Mary Hanson, West St. Paul, MN

I’d probably have to say my dad. He’s always been there to encourage me and support me growing up and still does today.

2. What was it like to drop the gloves in your first game, on your first shift and be declared the winner by
– Curt Chaplin, Cedar Hill, MO

A: I guess that was a good way to start things off. I was trying to set the tone, I knew it was going to be a physical game. Just wanted to let them know if they were going to come to our building, they weren’t going to be able to push us around.

3. Do you feel the move to St. Louis has given you a better chance to play at your potential?
– Joshua Barrett, Manchester, MO

A: Yeah. Obviously I’ve been given a bit more of an opportunity here, and that’s a big plus. Just trying to take advantage of it and help the team win.

4. What did your father think of your hat trick against Nashville?
– Kenneth Buecker, Belleville, IL

A: He was pretty happy for me. I don’t think he ever got the chance to get one in the NHL, so he was pretty excited and he gave me a congratulations.

5. What was it like playing your first game as a Blue?
– Aaron Burke, St. Louis, MO

It was pretty exciting. Obviously with my dad playing here and being able to come here and play after him and then getting a second opportunity to play in the National Hockey League…I was pretty amped up.

6. How are you liking your new team and town?

– Dan Brodnik, St. Charles MO

A: It’s great so far. I’ve said before, the teammates are all great guys. Everyone comes and works hard every day. I haven’t had too much of a chance to see much of a town, but it seems great and it seems like we’ve got great fan support. It’s a lot of fun.

7. I’ve had diabetes since I was six, so it was interesting to hear that a Blues player shares my experience. What do you do if your blood-sugar level starts to drop during a game when you are on the ice?
– Brad Visintin, Gillespie, IL

A: There’s always Gatorade and power bars around the bench. I usually keep a pretty close eye on it. If it’s low, I grab a Gatorade and a powerbar.

8. What’s the best thing about playing in the NHL?
– Kristin J., Kansas City, MO

A: It’s your childhood dream. That’s what I’ve been working for since I was a little kid. It’s what I strive for, I’ve worked so hard to get here. It’s like a dream come true.

9. What’s your favorite insult that you’ve said or heard on ice?
– Chelsea Lynn, Dallas, TX

A: That’s a tough one. You hear so many, you get chirped for everything from your looks…to, well I’ve been chirped at for pretty much everything, so I can’t narrow it down to one.

10. You’re scoring goals, starting fights and you’re a forechecking machine. What do you see as your main role on this team and how do you approach each game?
– Jeff Stiebel, Cape Girardeau, MO

A: I just try to be the responsible two-way forward. I mean, I like to chip in as much as I can with the offense, but I don’t think that’s my role on the team. I play to play a physical, forechecking game, create energy and not get scored against.




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


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

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