And the winner is...the St. Louis Blues!
The Blues were named the Sports Business Awards' 2020 Team of the Year on Wednesday. The Minnesota Twins, San Francisco 49ers, Toronto Raptors and the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team were the other four finalists for the award.
It was an exciting year for the Blues as they captured the franchise's first Stanley Cup in June 2019. The celebration continued throughout the summer and into the next season, leading up a successful NHL All-Star Game hosted at Enterprise Center in January.
Video: Zimmerman accepts SBJ Award
"When our Chairman Tom Stillman and his 15 local partners purchased the Blues back in 2012, they really did it to protect a treasured civic asset," Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman said in his acceptance speech. "Our challenge from there was to create a championship team on the ice and to find financial stability, something that had been elusive over our 50 years. Winning this award tonight really reflects not just the work of one year, but a commitment made back in 2012, and it's a celebration of a remarkable, passionate and determined staff that made it possible."
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis also finished as a finalist for the Sports Business Awards' Sports Event of the Year.
The awards were established by the Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily in 2008 to celebrate excellence in the business of sports. A full list of this year's winners can be found at sportsbusinessdaily.com.