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Where Are They Now: Dan Hinote

by Ashali Vise / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - A disciplined player with a positive attitude who brings humor to the locker room.

That's the kind of guy every coach and general manager wants on the roster, and that's what the Blues had in Dan Hinote for three seasons from 2006-2009.

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Blues make contribution to Hockey Hall of Fame

Jake Allen's goalie pants were donated by Bert Godin on Wednesday in Toronto

by Chris Pinkert / Video by Trevor Nickerson

Blues contibute to Hall of Fame

Blues make special delivery to Hall of Fame

Blues equipment manager Bert Godin makes a special delivery to the Hockey Hall of Fame

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TORONTO - Those goalie pants - the ones with the large thigh guards that often expanded outwards when a goalie went down to stop a puck - are history.

Luckily, the Hockey Hall of Fame is in the business of preserving that history.

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Where Are They Now: Nelson Emerson

by Ashali Vise / St. Louis Blues

In today's hockey world, you'll notice the speed and precision of many undersized forwards. But 20 years ago, being 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds made it harder to succeed in a League of heavy-hitters. Nelson Emerson, however, was just quick enough to dodge the big guys and too skilled with the puck to ignore, which is why he was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in 1985.

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Blues retire Plager's No. 5 to the rafters

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Bob Plager likes to joke that back in his playing days, he was "No. 5 in your program, but No. 1 in your heart."

And to him, that's all it is - just a joke, a subtle way to remind you that he wore the Blue Note once and was awfully proud to do it. But for everyone who hears that wisecrack - and trust us, he's told it to plenty of people - they know that he's actually onto something quite profound. In fact, joke or not, there may not be a truer statement ever made, because you won't find one person in the Blues organization - past or present - that is more beloved or endearing than good ol' No. 5.

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Where Are They Now: Ryan Johnson

by Ashali Vise / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - People often say it takes a special person to be goaltender, stopping pucks flying at you at roughly 100 miles an hour. What you don't hear about as much is the fearlessness of the skaters who get in front of those shots - something former Blue Ryan Johnson did over and over again to the tune of having 105 blocked shots in the 2007-08 season alone.

Known for his grit on special teams, the center spent just over four seasons with the Blues, racking up 49 points and 122 penalty minutes. We caught up with the vigorous penalty-killer to reflect on his playing days and talk about how he is still involved in hockey.

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Blues wear prototype jerseys for One Nation Classic

Players will wear jerseys during Sunday's skills competition at Busch Stadium

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - Six months after the National Hockey League awarded a franchise to the city of St. Louis, new owner Sid Salomon III and team general manager Lynn Patrick modeled prototype jerseys for a photo opportunity with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

The jerseys, which featured one large note centered between the words "ST. LOUIS" and "BLUES" on the front, were never worn by the players on the ice. By the time the puck dropped on the franchise's inaugural game over a year later, the jerseys had evolved into something that looks a lot like what fans saw during the 2017 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Monday.

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Where Are They Now: Dallas Drake

by Ashali Vise / Special Contributor

ST. LOUIS - Leading a team during a rebuilding period can be the most difficult, but also the most crucial, role of a captain's career. That's why St. Louis fans held so much respect for Dallas Drake, who captained the club from 2005 - 2007 following a season-long lockout.

For Drake, it wasn't about putting on a show or getting attention. It was about grit and hard work every day of his 15-season NHL career.

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Where Are They Now: Scott Young

by Ashali Vise / Special Contributor

Unforgettable - that's the best way to describe Scott Young's 2000-01 campaign. That's the season Young became a 40-goal-scorer - an individual accomplishment the Blues wouldn't see again for another six seasons.

Aside from getting to the net, the winger also recorded 33 assists that year, helping lead St. Louis to the Western Conference Final. There, he would top off his dream season with a game-winning overtime goal against Colorado for the only win the team saw in third round.

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Where Are They Now: Garth Butcher

by Ashali Vise / Special Contributor

ST. LOUIS - Of the hundreds of talented players who have worn the Blue Note over the last 50 seasons, only 22 men have shown the combination of skill and leadership that would earn them the designation of Captain. One of these men is Garth Butcher, who wore the "C" with pride during the 1991-92 season.

Butcher spent just over three of his 14 NHL seasons in St. Louis, playing 208 regular season games for the club. During that time, the fearless defenseman earned 46 points and racked up an impressive 508 penalty minutes, often standing up for his teammates and rarely backing down from a fight.

We caught up with him from his home in Washington to find out why he's looking forward to his return to St. Louis and how he's staying busy since retirement.

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Where Are They Now: Gino Cavallini

by Ashali Vise / Special Contributor

Gino Cavallini is the older half of the Cavallini brothers who stole the hearts of Blues fans during the late 1980s. Known locally as "The Tank," Cavallini's hockey success started before making it to the League when he scored the game-winning goal that won Bowling Green State University an NCAA title in 1984.

The winger was traded to St. Louis in 1986 after just more than a season with the Calgary Flames, and would later become an alternate captain of the club. "The Tank" racked up 211 regular season points for the Blues - and most excitingly, he was involved in more than 45 fights over his nine NHL seasons.

We caught up with Cavallini from his Chicago home to find out how it felt to hit the professional ice with his younger brother and how he still stays involved with the game.

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