5 NHL Veterans That Fuelled the Early St. Louis Blues to the Stanley Cup Finals
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5 NHL Veterans That Fuelled the Early St. Louis Blues to the Stanley Cup Finals

The St. Louis Blues achieved early National Hockey League success, making it to the Stanley Cup finals in their first three years of existence. Helping out the Blues were a handful of NHL veterans, such as Glenn Hall and Jacques Plante, among others.

When the St. Louis Blues joined the National Hockey League for the 1967-68 season, along with five other teams, they were dumped into the newly formed West Division with the other newcomers. With the NHL’s new format, and radical departure from the ‘Original 6’ era, one of the six new teams was ensured a berth in the Stanley Cup finals in the first season of play.

St. Louis was that team for their first three years of existence. The team’s ability to sign long-time NHL veterans was a major factor in the early success of the Blues. Although the team was swept in the Stanley Cup finals in each of those first three seasons, twice to Montreal and once at the hands of the Boston Bruins, it cemented the Blues as a great NHL franchise.

Dickie Moore played with the Blues for just the 1967-68 season. Moore played 27 games during the regular season and 18 in the playoffs. Moore contributed 14 points in those 18 playoff games as the Blues faced off against the team he had previously achieved greatness with, the Montreal Canadiens.

Dickie played in the NHL from 1951-52 to 1967-68 with the Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis. He was the Art Ross Trophy recipient in 1957-58 and 1958-59 as the NHL’s top scorer. Moore was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1974.

Doug Harvey played defense for St. Louis in 1967-68 and 1968-69. In his first season, he played just in the playoffs and in his second he played just during the regular season. Doug played in the NHL from 1947-48 to 1968-69 with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis. He was awarded the Norris Trophy seven times as the league’s best defenseman. Harvey was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1973.

Glenn Hall was the team’s goaltender for the first four years of the franchise’s existence. In his first year with St. Louis, Hall won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Glenn is one of only five to win the award while playing on the losing team.

Hall played in the NHL from 1952-53 to 1970-71 with the Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Black Hawks and St. Louis. He won the Calder Trophy in 1955-56 as the league’s top rookie. He was three times the recipient of the Vezina Trophy. In 1975, Glenn Hall entered the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Camille Henry played with St. Louis in 1968-69 and 1969-70 but did not play in the playoffs in the second season. Henry played in the National Hockey League from 1953-54 to 1969-70 with the New York Rangers, Chicago Black Hawks and St. Louis. He won the Calder Trophy for 1953-54 and the Lady Byng Trophy in 1957-58.

Jacques Plante, one of the greatest goaltender to play the game, was a member of the St. Louis Blues in 1968-69 and 1969-70. In his first season, he shared the Vezina Trophy with Glenn Hall, the seventh of his career.

Plante played in the NHL from 1952-53 to 1972-73 with the Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. Besides his seven Vezina Trophies, Jacques was the Hart Trophy recipient as NHL most valuable player in 1961-62. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.

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