You're going to the Stanley Cup Final.
That's the message that employees of the St. Louis Blues' front office received from their bosses late last Thursday afternoon when the team's ownership and executive management group, led by Chairman Tom Stillman, arranged for every full-time employee to go to Boston for the Stanley Cup Final.
The front office staff, along with the families of the players and coaches, will board chartered flights for the games on Monday and Wednesday.
"Creating a successful team on and off the ice is a monumental task," said Blues President and CEO Chris Zimmerman. "We ask a lot of our staff to deliver the best possible experience in every part of our business. Our decision to bring both our core business team and the player's wives recognizes both the sacrifices and commitment we ask of our entire Blues family to reach the Stanley Cup Final."
Like the fans of the Blues, members of the front office staff have waited a long time to reach the Stanley Cup Final and are thrilled with the opportunity to be able to go to Boston for the start of the series.
"I'm so thankful from the bottom of my heart that they're bringing us to Boston for the Stanley Cup Final," said Jen Lohrman, who has worked for the organization since 2007 and now handles group sales for shows at Stifel Theatre. "The last few months of awesome memories - big wins, late-night games, high-fiving and hugging strangers, bonding with my amazing co-workers - it's been incredible."
"I started as a video production intern in 1994 when the building opened. I've been an employee for 25 years and the ultimate goal has always been to win a Stanley Cup," said Chris Frome, the team's Senior Director of Event Presentation. "I've never worked or been to a game around Memorial Day Weekend, so to get to do that and go to Boston, I've been smiling ever since."