That’s right: The four winningest head coaches in NHL history all coached the St. Louis Blues at one time. None won the cup in St. Louis, but combined the group has won 17 titles.
For one day in January, all that was forgotten.
The Blues won the NHL’s eighth Winter Classic 4-1. It couldn’t have been scripted much better for the franchise or the league. Both overcame and outlasted Mother Nature, both put on a show for a packed house at an iconic baseball stadium and one of the game’s brightest stars, Vladimir Tarasenko, starred in the third period.
Tarasenko missed on a breakaway then ripped the post several minutes later in the third before capping off the weekend in style with two goals and a selfie with crazed Blues fans on what normally would be the home team’s dugout.
Foley made history in June when the NHL approved his bid to bring a franchise to Las Vegas, which to date had not permanently hosted a pro sports team.
The Golden Knights will begin play this fall in the privately-financed T-Mobile Arena, a $375 million facility fitted to host shows and concerts in addition to hockey year-round near the future site that will host the Raiders beginning in 2020. Though maybe not the driving force, the NFL’s interest in Las Vegas was sweetened by the city’s multimillion dollar contribution to build the stadium, taken from tourists in the form of hotel room taxes.
Foley, a billionaire businessman, said he was never approached by the Raiders or the NFL to join negotiations for relocation.
He welcomed and congratulated Raiders owner Mark Davis on the bid’s approval, adding, “It Nike NFL Jerseys truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of Cheap Los Angeles Dodgers Jerseys cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them.”