ST. LOUIS - If Robby Fabbri's skates for the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic look a little more colorful, it's not your eyes playing tricks on you.
Fabbri will be wearing royal blue skateblade holders - or tuuks - for Monday's noon game, which will be the first-ever appearance in an outdoor game for the St. Louis Blues.
"My dad was a big Edmonton Oilers fan, and Wayne Gretzky and Doug Weight both wore blue tuuks," Fabbri said. "Those were two of my dad's favorites, and both of them were Blues greats also, so I thought it would be pretty cool to honor those guys."
After the Winter Classic, Fabbri will make the tuuks available in an online raffle, along with a game-used stick from earlier this season, to raise money for the Gateway Locomotives. The organization, which was established in 1994, is a St. Louis-based youth hockey program that gives developmentally-challenged kids and young adults the chance to play the game.
Fans hoping to win this one-of-a-kind item should visit stlouisblues.com in the days following the Winter Classic for raffle details.
"Helping the Gateway Locomotives is the main reason I wanted to do it, in addition to honoring those two great players," Fabbri said. "Anything I can do to get the public involved while helping kids who otherwise wouldn't be able to play the game… I think it's definitely worth it."