By Patrick Kelly
It should go without saying that the last five years have been the best hockey that St. Louis Blues fans have ever been able to witness. Winning the Stanley Cup was the pinnacle but there was almost a build-up to the eventual cup win. In 2017, the Blues battled their longtime foes the Chicago Blackhawks in St. Louis’ first Winter Classic. The Blues ended up skating off with a win in front of a sold-out Busch Stadium after some late heroics by Vladimir Tarasenko.
Now Blues fans will get to relive the extravaganza that is the NHL Winter Classic next year in 2021. The NHL announced during the first intermission between the Blues and Wild that the two will be playing at Target Field, the home of the Minnesota Twins on January 1, 2021. The Blues have played the North Stars and Wild in a total of 11 playoff series, nine of which were against the North Stars.
590 The Fan reached out to Blues announcer on Fox Sports Midwest John Kelly to hear his thoughts about the Blues being chosen for another Winter Classic.
“I think it’s awesome that they have been selected,” Kelly said. “I think it’s because of all of the on-ice success they’ve had and they’re the perfect opponent considering the division rivalry and the history between the Blues and Minnesota.”
Kelly provided the play-by-play for the Blues-Blackhawks alumni game alongside former Blackhawks David Rupp and Darren Pang who had his normal duties of being on the bench mixed in with between the pipes for the Blackhawks alumni team.
Kelly is right in saying that this almost seems like a reward for the Blues’ success on the ice. Not only winning the cup last year, but also being one of the most dominant teams in the NHL has led to this moment.