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Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester advance to final round

Defensemen could meet Berglund in championship round

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Alex Pietrangelo, Jay Bouwmeester and Team Canada have advanced to the final round of the World Cup of Hockey 2016.

Tied 2-2 after 40 minutes, Team Canada scored three times in the third period to earn a 5-3 victory in a must-win semifinal game Saturday night against Vladimir Tarasenko and Team Russia.

Team Canada will await the winner of Sunday's semifinal matchup between Team Europe and Team Sweden (noon, ESPN).

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Preseason begins Sunday with double-header

Home game is Sunday at noon; road game at 6 p.m. at CBJ

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - It's official. Hockey season is upon us.

In fact, the St. Louis Blues will play not one, but two preseason games this Sunday.

This is possible because the Blues will have 67 players in training camp. From that group, one team will be created to play the Columbus Blue Jackets at Scottrade Center on Sunday at noon, while another team will travel to Columbus for a 6 p.m. game at Nationwide Arena.

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Schwartz surprises fan with new gear

Blues team up with ManAdvantage to create lifelong memory

by Dan O'Neill / St. Louis Blues

Kathryn's big day

Kathryn skates with Jaden Schwartz

Local nine-year-old Kathryn Lankau receives a special present from Blues forward Jaden Schwartz

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Meet Kathryn Lankau.

She's a beautiful nine-year-old girl in an abnormal situation. Four years ago, Kathryn's father, Russell, fell ill with flu-like symptoms. For nearly a week, he suffered through vomiting, chills and pain before it became too much to handle.

At 4 a.m. on November 11, 2012, Kathryn's older sister rushed Russell to the hospital for emergency attention. A short time later, his heart stopped. For 45 minutes, the hospital frantically attempted to resuscitate him without success.

Russell passed away due to septic shock. He was 40 years old.

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Steen signs 4-year extension

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Steen's contract extension

Steen sticks around until 2021

Alexander Steen signs a four-year contract extension with the Blues, which will keep him in St. Louis through the 2020-21 season

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ST. LOUIS - Alexander Steen will be a member of the St. Louis Blues for the forseeable future.

Steen signed a four-year contract extension worth $23 million on Friday, the first day of training camp. The 32-year-old forward, who had one year remaining on his current three-year deal, is now signed with the Blues through the 2020-21 season.

This marks the second time Steen could have elected to test the market as an unrestricted free agent, but instead chose to sign an extension to remain a Blue.

"It would have been extremely tough to leave here, but now I don't have to worry about that," Steen said Friday. "I don't think I could have seen myself throwing another (jersey) over my shoulders right now. It takes some time to grow attached like this, and for me, it's nothing that I take lightly and I'm extremely happy to be here."

"St. Louis has become home. I've been here eight years," Steen added. "I've gotten to know a lot of people within hockey and outside hockey here. We seem to be spending less and less time in Sweden to make sure we get our time in here as well. It's been an incredible journey and St. Louis is definitely somewhere I see as home now."

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Blues announce preseason radio schedule

All preseason games will be available via radio or streaming audio

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues announced the broadcast details for their 2016 preseason schedule today.

All eight Blues preseason games will be available via radio or internet streaming, including this weekend's double-header with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

The full schedule is available below.

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2016 Blues training camp roster

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

RELATED: Printable Training Camp Roster (.PDF)

The St. Louis Blues will begin the on-ice portion of training camp on Friday, Sept. 23.

Camp started with a roster of 67 signed, drafted or tryout players.

Fans are invited to attend a public practice on Saturday, Sept. 24 at Scottrade Center. Parking will be available for $5 in the attached Kiel Center Garage. Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

The preseason will begin with a split-squad game on Sept. 25 against the Columbus Blue Jackets (home game at noon, road game at 6 p.m.)

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Petro's WCH blog: The ticket dilemma

by Alex Pietrangelo / Exclusive to stlouisblues.com

St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo is representing his country at the World Cup of Hockey, which is being held Sept. 17 through Oct. 1 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto. It's an exciting time for the 26-year-old - not just because he's playing for Team Canada, but because he gets to do so in front of his family and friends since the tournament is being hosted less than an hour from his hometown. Throughout the World Cup of Hockey, Pietrangelo will be keeping a blog exclusively for stlouisblues.com to share his experience of playing for Team Canada.

So what are you supposed to do when you have only six tickets to the World Cup of Hockey and way more than six friends and family members that want to go?

Here's what I did: I gave all six tickets to my parents and said "you guys figure it out!"

Hey - I don't want to be the bad guy!

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Blues to host Blue Note Cup Invitational

Fans can watch final games after the Sept. 25 preseason game

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues will host the first annual Blue Note Cup Invitational Tournament from Sept. 23 - 25 at Scottrade Center.

The tournament will feature eight PeeWee teams from five local youth hockey organizations, including the Kirkwood Stars, Meramec Sharks, St. Louis Rockets, St. Peters Spirit and the Twin Bridges Lightning.

On Sunday, Sept. 25, the Blues will celebrate Blues Youth Hockey Day when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets in a preseason game at noon at Scottrade Center. After the game, fans are invited to remain at Scottrade Center for the championship games of the Blue Note Cup.

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Martin Brodeur still adjusting to life after hockey

Checking out prospects at Traverse City tournament in role as Blues assistant GM

by Mike G. Morreale @mikemorrealeNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- St. Louis Blues assistant general manager Martin Brodeur was front and center this week, catching up on the top young players in the pipeline participating in the 18th Traverse City Prospects Tournament at Centre Ice Arena.

Brodeur was not joined this year by Blues general manager Doug Armstrong, who is in Toronto working as GM for Team Canada at the World Cup of Hockey 2016. He witnessed plenty of good hockey, however, and was even present to watch his son Jeremy make 27 saves for the Columbus Blue Jackets in a 4-1 victory against the Blues on Saturday.

"My sons [Jeremy and Anthony] are conscious about how it's going to be hard to make it as a pro, but they have fun, want to play and are part of a team," Brodeur told NHL.com. "They are making friends and moving on in their own lives."

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Dobbs Face-Off Week is Oct 10-15

Week includes golf classic, Ice Breaker, home opener and more

by St. Louis Blues / Press Release

ST. LOUIS - The St. Louis Blues begin their 50th Anniversary with the Dobbs Face-Off week, which runs Oct. 10 - 15.

Events include the 50th Anniversary Golf Classic to benefit Blues for Kids on Monday, Oct. 10, Ice Breaker 2016 & Blues Watch Party on Wednesday, Oct. 12, and back-to-back home games on Thursday, Oct. 13 and Saturday, Oct. 15.

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