ST. LOUIS - As the preseason wraps up with tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks, the Blues are hitting the road for a four-day team-building trip in Ann Arbor, MI.
The team will hold daily practices at the University of Michigan’s Yost Arena, but outside of that, the players will be free to relax and enjoy a short break before returning to St. Louis on Monday afternoon.
“It’s about being together and doing team activities,” said Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. “Having some team activities that we can just have fun with, along with some good stress-less practices up there, I think we’ll really enjoy it.”
Shattenkirk, who billeted with a family in Ann Arbor while representing the U.S. National Development Program, will watch the Wolverine’s ice hockey team on Sunday evening. His billet family’s son, Niko Porikos, wears No. 22 for the Wolverines.
Other plans include a little fly-fishing for goalies Jake Allen and Brian Elliott and a behind-the-scenes tour of the Big House for the coaching staff.
But for Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock, the trip is about business, too, especially since Opening Night vs. Edmonton is just days away.
“I’m looking forward to putting in the work on the ice,” Hitchcock said. “We’ve practiced a lot of general stuff (in training camp), and now we can get detailed on specific things we need to work on. I’m looking forward to that.”
Stay tuned to stlouisblues.com and follow the Blues on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for coverage throughout the weekend of the team building trip in Ann Arbor.