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Jim Pronger: You've made me very proud, son

Proud dad writes about watching his son, Chris Pronger, reach the big leagues and have Hall of Fame career

by Jim Pronger /

Jim Pronger, the father of former Blue Chris Pronger, wrote a letter for detailing how proud he is of his son - not only for his Hall of Fame hockey career but also for the man he has become.

Pronger's No. 44 will be retired by the St. Louis Blues prior to the Jan. 17 game against the Nashville Predators. Jim will be in attendance for the pregame ceremony, which will begin at 6 p.m. and will be available on Bally Sports Midwest and 101 ESPN. Learn more by visiting


While Chris was growing up, we noticed he had a competitive edge about him that seemed to set him apart from the other kids.

When he was young, he played baseball, and he could turn a typical single into a home run because he seemed to exhibit so much more skill than other kids his age. Not many people know this, but we actually considered relocating so he could play competitively and have a chance to advance in baseball.

But then Chris found hockey.

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Goodbye to the game I love

Carl Gunnarsson pens poignant personal goodbye to hockey following 12-year NHL career

by Carl Gunnarsson / St. Louis Blues

She is a thing of beauty, isn't she?

The game of hockey swept me off my feet the first time I saw her. It was love at first sight when my dad introduced me to her about 30 years ago. Looking back at how it all started and the long road it's been, I still can't believe that I was one of the few lucky ones to make it to the NHL.

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A Letter to Liam

Torey Krug writes personal letter to young fan who battled cancer in Boston

by Torey Krug / St. Louis Blues

Liam Fitzgerald was born with Down syndrome in 2006. When he was three years old, doctors diagnosed him with leukemia that would require nearly four years of aggressive chemotherapy. Despite all that - whether he was hospitalized, recovering at home or cheering on the Boston Bruins at TD Garden, Liam always managed to wear the biggest smile in the room.

Today, Liam is cancer free and has been for more than seven years.

During Hockey Fights Cancer month, as we celebrate and raise awareness for those who have beaten, are fighting or have been lost to cancer, we wanted to tell Liam's story by sharing this letter from new Blues defenseman Torey Krug.

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How the Blues helped my family through our son's CDH diagnosis

Blues fan Davis Martin shares personal story of how his family is living with son's CDH in COVID-19 pandemic

by Davis Martin / Special contributor to

Davis Martin is a dedicated St. Louis Blues fan and Anheuser-Busch executive whose son, Albert, had a birth defect known as Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia when he was born prematurely in 2015.

Albert is now five years old but because he is immunocompromised, he and his family face additional challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. To help raise awareness for the condition, Enterprise Center will turn its lights pink, blue and yellow on CDH Awareness Day on Sunday, April 19.

Davis shared his own personal story about CDH with

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A dream that never existed

St. Louis native Chris Butler encourages players to dream big in letter announcing retirement

by Chris Butler / St. Louis Blues

I was born October 27, 1986 in Kirkwood, Missouri…not exactly a hockey hotbed, yet!

But I was lucky from the day I was born.

My father, Doug, had migrated to St. Louis from Souris, Manitoba to play college hockey at Saint Louis University in 1975 and there he would meet my mother, Martha, a field hockey player. To say hockey is in my blood is an understatement.

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Why I became a bone marrow donor

by Molly Bozak / St. Louis Blues

When I was 13 years old, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.

You never want to hear those words. You don't even know how to react to them. But my mom is strong and she's doing just fine today. She has been clear for 10 years now, which is crazy to think about.

I tell you that story because I want you to know that just like nearly everyone else, my family has been impacted by cancer. Years later, when I was a student at the University of Minnesota, I remember seeing a booth set up on campus to encourage people to join the bone marrow registry. Why not? I swabbed my cheek, shared my contact information and went on with my day.

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Why 400 games meant so much

by Chris Butler / St. Louis Blues

For a lot of guys, 400 games is just a number. You don't get a silver stick or a ceremony on the ice with your family for that. You just suit up, play, and then you move onto the next one.

For a guy like me though, 400 games means a little bit more. That's because for the last three years, I didn't know if it was ever going to happen.

In the 2015-16 season, I played five games in the NHL.

The next year, I only played one.

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Let me tell you about my dad

by Zach Sanford / St. Louis Blues

I want to tell you a little bit about my dad.

His name was Michael, he played hockey when I was a kid, and he was the one who got me into this sport.

He worked at Angelica's Restaurant in Middleton, Massachusetts. Even though he worked a lot of hours, he still took me to practice whenever he could and tried hard to never miss one of my youth hockey games.

It was hard for him to work in the restaurant business and still be a hockey dad, so he started his own furniture repair company so that he would have more time to spend with me.

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Tarasenko: All-Star Game means much to me and my family

Vladimir Tarasenko shares personal personal memories, photos from 2017 All-Star Game in Los Angeles

by Vladimir Tarasenko / Special to

Throughout the season, will feature first-person accounts of stories from within the St. Louis Blues organization. The series, titled "My Turn," will give fans unparalleled access to personal stories from current Blues players and alumni. This one comes from forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who shares his personal photos from the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles and explains what a trip to the All-Star Game means to him and his family.

Your vote can send Tarasenko and the rest of your favorite Blues to the 2018 NHL All-Star Game. Vote up to 10 times daily at before Jan. 1 and you could win a trip to All-Star Weekend in Tampa Bay.

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My Turn: A dream come true

Vince Dunn shares his thoughts on scoring his first NHL goal

by Vince Dunn / St. Louis Blues

Throughout the season, will feature first-person accounts of stories from within the St. Louis Blues organization. The series, titled "My Turn," will give fans unparalleled access to personal stories from current Blues players and alumni. This one comes from defenseman Vince Dunn, who shares his feelings about scoring his first career NHL goal in Florida on Oct. 12.

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