ST. LOUIS - When it comes to bringing professional hockey to St. Louis, there was no one more influential than Sid Salomon Jr. and his son, Sid Salomon III.
The Salomons spent $2 million to buy the franchise and spent another $4 million to purchase and fix up the Arena on Oakland Avenue. The Blues made their debut with a 2-2 tie against the Minnesota North Stars on Oct. 11, 1967.
Under the Salomons, the Blues reached the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three seasons.
Members of the original team say they loved playing for the Salomons. Click PLAY on the video above to see what they had to say about the men responsible for the birth of the Blues.