ST. LOUIS - If the World Cup of Hockey, training camp announcements and next Sunday's split-squad preseason game wasn't a sure-enough sign that hockey season is just around the corner, how about this one - the Blues mailed out season ticket packages this week.
If they haven't arrived already, they will be arriving very soon.
For first-year season ticket holder George Krinninger and his family, the only thing better than getting his season tickets in the mail was having them hand-delivered to his door - by Robby Fabbri and Joel Edmundson.
"We got a phone call from the Blues earlier in the week that said they had a special surprise for us. We got ready, took our kids out of school and were excited to see (Robby and Joel) deliver our season tickets to us this year. It was absolutely fantastic and a real nice surprise."
In addition to the Krinninger house, Fabbri and Edmundson visited three season ticket holders at work on Thursday afternoon: Good Times, Inc., Preferred Resources and Edward Jones.
"We went to a couple of businesses and they're all screaming (with excitement) when we went in. It puts a smile on your face," Fabbri said. "To see some young kids here who decorated the house for us and were excited tot all to us and meet us - we love doing that."
The deliveries included a special "50th anniversary season" package with a full set of tickets, a Blues hockey puck coaster set and a season ticket holder membership card.
For the Blues, it's another way to give back and say thank you.
"I was that kid who had my pamphlet and asked every NHL player I saw for an autograph," Fabbri recalls. "To have a couple NHL players come to my house, I would have been the same way as these guys - happy, and shy at the same time. It's a great experience for everyone.
"Going through my rookie year, I really got a feel of the fans in the building and around the city. It means a lot to us, knowing we've got them behind us the whole way."