The Original St. Louis Blues Uniform
A Journey into Hockey
Here is a great story, courtesy of the folks at SB Nation from St. Louis Game Time, a great site that covers the St. Louis Blues and other S. Louis sports:
When St. Louis was awarded an NHL expansion franchise in February 1966, the team didn’t have a logo or even a name. Just owners, Sid Salomon Jr., his son Sid Salomon III and another investor, Robert Wolfson. On August 30, 1966, more than a full year before the Blues would take the ice, original head coach and general manager Lynn Patrick and Sid the Third modeled the original Blues jerseys, one blue and one white. They don’t look anything like the jerseys the Blues would wear during their first season in the NHL. They don’t look like any Blues jersey ever. So it’s safe to say those first two jerseys are the only two ever made.
Simply put, this is the birth of the franchise, the birth of the Bluenote. It is the first tangible item associated with the franchise. This jersey represents very beginning of the team we love and obsess about. It’s an artifact. And for decades no one was sure what happened to either of them.
Well the white jersey has surfaced. Our friend @STLBlueshistory on Twitter has an incredible story about how he came into contact with the owner – oddly enough, it happened on the 50th anniversary of the expansion award to St. Louis – and what’s happened to the jersey since.
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