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Hochman: The Blues & # 39; organist, KMOX voice, PA announcer, & # 39; Chaser Games from Game 6 | Benjamin Hochman
Behind-the-scenes stories from those who were at the Enterprise Center on Tuesday for Blues' serial cutting victory.
Kelly Chase, formerly Blue and forever a Blue
The old blue went down in the same dark hallway he did as a player, the hall that opened to the whites of this ice paradise.
Tuesday night, third period ̵
1; it almost happened. Blues went on to the Stanley Cup final.
"I was right here in the hallway (behind the bench) and looked up at the jumbotron. I would experience being at this ice level as close as I could without disturbing," said Chase, who played eight seasons for the Blues – and became then a community specialist after. "Because I wanted to hear the crowd at ice level."
"It's something you dream of us, a kid. I was just behind safety and just soaking it all. And then the boys went out and for boys like Alex Steen and Patrick Maroon, whom I (helped) as a young player (in St. Louis) and made him play, they knew how emotional it was and what it meant to me – and I appreciate it. "
39 had a No. 38 pin over his heart.
"Pavol Demitra," said Chase about the former blues star who died tragically in 2001.
And in Chase's heart, the others who had lost Blues – Bob Gassoff, Ron Caron, Barclay Troubles, Doug Wickenheiser and so many others. Chase began to cry.
When Chase looked back at the stands Second in Stand and Thinking – man just means a lot to them! … We know how important it is to the city. …
"Fifty-two years they have not won a Cup, but every year the fans come out and they support us. And really everything they demand is work ethic – and show that you care. And these guys , you can tell the care and they have gone over. For me it is the most special part of what's going on in this city. There's a closeness that is different. "
Chris Kerber, Blues & # 39 ; vote on KMOX radio
After sending the moment, his favorite team did something like it never did before, Chris Kerber received a text message from his father.
Lou Kerber is 76. His health is "OK", his son shared. Lou does not go to the Blues games – he is sitting in the chair in the living room and listening to his son makes the radio play-by-play … while watching the television broadcast on the mute.
When the Blues beat Sharks, Chris Kerber announced, "And St. Louis Blues, for the first time in 49 years, has done so! You can bring Zamboni out! Blues will go to the Stanley Cup final and facing Boston Bruins A rematch 39 years in the creation comes true in St. Louis tonight! "
It would have been a cool experience for any television broadcasting business – but then believe that Kerber is from St. Louis and grew up listening to the Blues at KMOX. On Tuesday night, he not only told moments to those he loved most, but to thousands of strangers who didn't consider him one, as Kerber is the person who brings their Blues to them.
It was a tough night for Kerber, even though his daughter was also graduating from eighth grade. He really wanted to be there.
"She was very excited," Kerber said. dress that just makes her beautiful as any father would say, and she went with her Robby Fabbri Winter Classic sweater wrapped around the waist.
"After the graduation ceremony they had a dance in the cafeteria. Earlier in the day, the kids pointed out and asked if they could put the Blues game on. They were wearing it, the kids were cheering – and they were playing & # 39; Gloria after Blues won.
"I called her up later and said," Gracie, I'm sorry, I couldn't be there tonight. "And she said," Dad – I don't want to elsewhere. " "
In the broadcast box after the game, Kerber telephoned texts with texts after texts, he could not come to them all – even the next day, they still came in. But he mocked a text from his father:
Congratulations , very impressive. Great game, good call … And what about that storm? Got the cardinal game postponed and put you on big 50,000 watts. The series win at KMOX – is believed to be.
On Wednesday, Kerber was asked To put that moment to read the text in words. He paused and finally said:
"I'll choke up if I'm trying to answer that question right now. "
Jeremy Boyer, Blues in-stage organist
During the second mission, Blues in the lead, Boyer began playing Bon Jovi.
"I played Livin 'On A Prayer," said Boyer, who is in his 12. season with the team "and everyone started singing together. And it was like everyone felt that kind of song – we are so close, we are halfway there, we are lively on a prayer. It is a prayer that everyone has thrown up for nearly 50 years. Should it really happen? All the song with the organ was a very good moment for me. "
When the game ended," Gloria "began to blow, but they soon stopped Laura Branigan for a little more Jeremy Boyer. When Campbell Bowl slowly went on the ice," I must play "When The Blues Go Marching In," he said , "and that song goes back to the first time we were in the Stanley Cup final. It was exciting. Something you dream of as a child. That moment it was surreal."
Tom Calhoun, pa announcer for blues games
It was his 1,477. Blues games.
He has worked for five different team ownership.
And on Tuesday night after 5-1 win Calhoun: "Western Conference Champions – St. Louis Blues!"
"I have never been able to announce the word" champions "in connection with the Blues in the 32 years I've made PA, so it was great and gratifying, "Calhoun said." I was thinking of every Blues fan at the time, if possible. Because I wanted it to be perfect for them. "
" After the game I saw all the other people who worked for the team and the building for such a long time, and they were so incredibly happy. High-fiving, hugging – masters by union. It was wonderful. "
Boyers Music has accompanied Calhoun's in-game announcements for years.
"To finally go to the final?" said Boyer. "You could hear it in his voice, I felt like. … I think he's always energetic – but I think he had some extra oomph to his voice last night.
"It was the Western Conference champion level. I think all kind of it last night. "
From cold-blooded Jordan Binnington, to rebound from hand-pass debacle, let's break down what led Blues for their long-awaited shot at Lord Stanley's Cup.