KANSAS CITY - Joel Edmundson, Bob Plager and Louie are spending a few days in Kansas City this week to promote the preseason game between the Blues and the Washington Capitals at Sprint Center on Oct. 5.
But before the real work begins on Wednesday - the group will do five TV / radio interviews, two children's hospital visits and a youth hockey clinic - they had to find time to relax and well, just kick it with two St. Louis natives.
On Tuesday afternoon, Edmundson, Plager and Louie dropped by Children's Mercy Park - the home of Major League Soccer's Sporting KC - and got a tour of the stadium from Sporting KC star Brad Davis - a native of St. Charles and a die-hard Blues fan - and USL player Tommy Meyer.
"We got to show them a bit of the stadium, show them the locker room, play a little soccer - we had some good laughs and got to meet the guys a bit," said Davis. "I've been away for the last 15 years playing soccer professionally and now I'm back here in Kansas City, which is a little bit closer to home. The Blues are a team I had the privilege of watching since I was extremely young, and I've followed them ever since."
Video: Edmundson swaps jerseys with Sporting KC's Brad Davis
Davis famously - or infamously - sported a St. Louis Blues onesie throughout last season's Stanley Cup Playoffs for good luck and considers the Game 7 defeat of the Chicago Blackhawks in the first round as one of his favorite Blues moments - right up there with Brett Hull's 50 goals in 50 games and the team's acquisition of Wayne Gretzky in 1996.
In addition to swapping stories and memories of past Blues seasons, Davis and Edmundson also exchanged jerseys.
"This is all new to me and Bobby because soccer isn't too big back in Canada, but it's been a great experience so far and we've really enjoyed it," Edmundson said. "There's a lot in soccer you can compare to hockey. The dressing rooms are similar and the crowds are crazy - just like hockey fans. So you can relate."
After the visit, both Edmundson and Plager were checking the hockey schedule to figure out when they could make it back, with other fellow Blues in tow, for a Sporting KC game.
"This is first class," Plager said. "You look at the building - the dressing room, the sell-out crowds - we love it down here."