WELDON SPRING, Mo. - Newcomer Brayden Schenn stepped up to the tee box at the 10th hole Friday at Whitmoor Country Club with Louie lurking close behind.
As Schenn pulled his arms back to begin his backswing, the Blues' mascot blasted an airhorn.
You can forgive Schenn for not assuming Louie was up to something. His last six seasons were spent with the Philadelphia Flyers - one of three NHL teams that doesn't have a mascot.
"He's up to no good, this guy," Schenn said of Louie. "He got me off my game."
Ultimately, the scoring at the annual Blues for Kids Golf Classic isn't what mattered. Instead, the tournament gives the team an opportunity to play 18 holes with some of their biggest supporters and corporate partners while also raising money for Blues' charitable trust.
The Blues for Kids Foundation, which stemmed from the Blues 14 Fund, has a mission to positively impact programs and services that improve health and wellness for kids, as well as investing in youth hockey programs and initiatives.
"We're raising money for Blues for Kids and I think that's the most important thing," Hockey Hall of Famer Bernie Federko said of Monday's Golf Classic. "The Blues are such a big part of the community, and any chance to help out kids is what we're all about. It's great having all the players here and some of our alumni. It's a very special day for all of us."
"The Blues for Kids Golf Classic has certainly become one of my favorite days of the year," added Blues President & CEO Chris Zimmerman. "Without question, in terms of fun ways to raise money - this is it. I think a lot of us love the social element of being on the golf course, and we've got our great partners out here. I'm certainly not complaining. It's a great day."