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Blues Host Totally Rad Casino Night

Annual event featured an '80's theme and raised money for the Blues 14 Fund

Tuesday, 02.26.2013 / 11:27 AM / St Louis Blues - Features
By Chris Pinkert  - St. Louis Blues
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Blues Host Totally Rad Casino Night
The Blues hosted their sixth annual Casino Night on Monday. The event featured an \'80\'s theme and raised money for the Blues 14 Fund.


PHOTO GALLERY: Blues Totally '80's Casino Night

Brian Buchholz hit the jackpot on Monday.

For nearly an hour, the long-time Blues Season Ticket Holder was playing blackjack with his wife, Denise, with Blues forward Chris Porter dealing them the cards.

“Chris has been a big help in giving us a heads up on when we need to bet,” Brian Buccholz said. “Not only did we get a fun evening, but you just naturally get to talk to the players. It really makes it special. It’s my fourth time coming and it’s always a blast.”

The blast he’s referring to is Monday’s Totally ‘80’s Casino Night, presented by United Fruit and Produce Co., which was held on the floor at Scottrade Center. And in case you were wondering, no, it wasn’t just another manic Monday.

Here’s the 411 on what went down: Blues players served as celebrity dealers at poker, blackjack and roulette tables. Fans attending the event received $5,000 in Blues Bucks to gamble with, and following nearly two hours of casino-style games, guests turned in their winnings for raffle tickets to win great Blues prizes, including a team-autographed jersey, a Club Level suite to a game, a $100 gift card to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse and more.

The event’s atmosphere was totally awesome to say the least. Blues players wore teal-colored t-shirts with a Blues logo from the era and white blazers, similar to what Don Johnson might have worn in Miami Vice. Rubix cube tables were scattered throughout the floor, while arcade games like Centipede, Millipede and Donkey Kong were popular with the guests. A Cinema Bar featured ‘80’s movie posters such as The Goonies, Ghostbusters, Breakfast Club and Dirty Dancing, while spiffy neon lights in blue green, yellow and red appeared nearly everywhere you looked. Dinner tables were decorated with cassette tape centerpieces, neon glow sticks, sunglasses (“I-wear-my-sunglasses-at-night”) and pixie stix.

How fantabulous!

“It’s definitely a wonderful experience that everyone should come out to and try,” Denise Buchholz said. “It’s a lot of fun and it’s an experience you can’t do anywhere else.”

The event also included silent and live auctions. Items included autographed jerseys, game-used equipment, autographed canvases, pucks, a signed Justin Bieber guitar and more.

In addition, guests were treated to dinner courtesy of the St. Louis Originals restaurants.

Monday's event raised more than $113,000 for the Blues 14 Fund, which was established in 1998 to honor former Blues player Doug Wickenheiser, who scored arguably the most memorable goal in franchise history in the Monday Night Miracle game in 1986. Wickenheiser died of cancer in 1999.

“He was a tremendous person,” Brett Hull, who attended the event, said of Wickenheiser. “(The Blues 14 Fund) is not only now for Doug Wickenheiser, but it’s for a lot of people in the community, and when you can help people in need, that’s what the St. Louis Blues and St. Louis are all about. That’s why I love being here.”

The Blues 14 Fund has contributed more than $2.8 million to the St. Louis community. Areas of giving include cancer care and awareness, health and wellness, education and youth hockey development.

To steal a phrase from the 1980’s, it’s safe to say the sixth annual Blues Casino Night was the bombdiggity.

“Being here just two years, I know how important the Blues 14 Fund is to the St. Louis community,” defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. “To be able to contribute in any way possible is huge. It’s a fun night to connect with the fans, connect with everyone and let loose for a little bit.

“It’s totally rad.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 66 41 18 7 196 162 89
3 STL 64 40 19 5 198 162 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 MIN 64 35 22 7 181 164 77
6 VAN 64 36 24 4 184 176 76
7 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
8 CGY 64 35 25 4 182 165 74
9 LAK 64 31 21 12 175 167 74
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11 DAL 65 29 26 10 203 215 68
12 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
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14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
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V. Tarasenko 64 31 31 27 62
A. Steen 62 19 32 3 51
J. Schwartz 57 21 27 14 48
T. Oshie 56 17 27 8 44
D. Backes 63 21 22 1 43
K. Shattenkirk 49 8 32 18 40
P. Stastny 56 12 25 10 37
J. Lehtera 57 9 24 14 33
A. Pietrangelo 64 6 27 -5 33
P. Berglund 60 8 12 -2 20
 
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