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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 stlouisblues.com

Throughout the season, stlouisblues.com 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 NHL.com/vote 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, stlouisblues.com 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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My Turn: Plager remembers Picard

by Bob Plager / Special to stlouisblues.com

Throughout the season, stlouisblues.com will feature first-person accounts of personal stories from within the St. Louis Blues organization. The new online series, titled "My Turn" will give fans unparalled access to personal stories from current Blues players and alumni. The first story comes from former Blue Bob Plager, who shared his feelings shortly after learning of the passing of his former teammate and close friend, Noel Picard.

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