ST. LOUIS - After significant flooding impacted many in the St. Louis area, the St. Louis Blues and the Blues Alumni teamed up to raise money for flood victims before Game 5 of their second-round playoff series.
On Wednesday, Paul Stastny, former Blue Cam Janssen and Blues President & CEO Chris Zimmerman presented the American Red Cross with a check for $50,000.
"It's all about giving back. One town, one city kind of mentality," Stastny said. "It's always felt like that, and I was raised here since 1994. Unfortunately some times it takes a natural disaster for people to realize it. What people do to help others, that's one of the most satisfying feelings in the whole world."
"We just recognize that we're able, when these situations come up and we have partners like the Red Cross jumping into these crisis situations, that if there's a way the Blues, our platform, or the arena can help raise money, that's something we need to do," said Zimmerman. "Without our fans or the people that live here and support us, we don't exist. We understand on many levels how important this work is."
Video: Blues raise money for flood relief
The Blues raised money through the team's 50/50 raffle at Game 5 while also contributing proceeds from the sales of warm-up pucks, skate koozies and through silent auctions. In addition, the Nashville Predators will be making a donation from a silent auction and Smash Car event at Bridgestone Arena to help victims of the flooding in St. Louis.
Former Blue Cam Janssen, who lives in Eureka, said he saw firsthand the damage that the floodwaters caused, which makes it all the more special knowing the Blues are there to help.
"It's my hometown. I'm directly affected by it," Janssen said. "We got flooded in our subdivision. Our community came together, a lot of people were off work and kids didn't go to school. It's a big mess. The Blues have been so great about this. They reached out to me and said how can they help, they got the Red Cross involved and everyone knows what tremendous things they do for the community.
"We all came together and raised $50,000. It's going to help a lot of people who just lost a lot," Janssen added. "I saw it firsthand. Seeing the smile on their faces when they know they're going to get helped out like this, it's very cool."