ST. LOUIS -- Jon Hamm would love to compare this St. Louis Blues trip to the Stanley Cup Final with past experiences. He just can't.
"I wasn't around in 1970; I was negative-1." the 48-year-old actor said of the last time the Blues made the Cup Final. "It's just exciting. I can't imagine what's going through the minds and hearts of the boys on the bench, and I hope they're committed to that emotion. But the building's going to be loud."
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Hamm talked of his St. Louis sports upbringing before the Blues played the Boston Bruins in Game 3 at Enterprise Center on Saturday. Hamm, best known for playing Don Draper in the AMC series "Mad Men" from 2007-15, was here when forward Pat Maroon's overtime goal gave the Blues a 2-1 win against the Dallas Stars in Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round on May 7.
He also narrated a Blues promotion for NBC.
Hamm said he realized how big the Blues' hold is on the city while at his hotel in the afternoon. He saw more fans walking toward the arena than to Busch Stadium, where the St. Louis Cardinals play their rival Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Video: Actor Jon Hamm on his Blues fandom
"That's probably the first time in the history of the city that that's happened," he said. "It's been a rough run for the city the last three decades or so, with the odd Cardinals championship here and there and what-not. [A Cup win] would be nice for a million different reasons, but mostly I think for the guys on this team.
"When you look back, whatever it was, January 2, [the Blues] were last in the League. And to have the guts and fortitude and strength and character and the skill to come back from that, yeah, I mean, I think these guys believe. And I think the city's starting to."