St. Louis Jr. Blues

The St. Louis Jr. Blues are a Tier III ice hockey team in the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL). The team plays their home games at the Affton Ice Rink in Affton, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

St. Louis Jr. Blues
CitySt. Louis, Missouri
LeagueNA3HL
Founded1978
Home arenaAffton Ice Rink
ColorsNavy blue, gold, and dark blue
              
Owner(s)Affton Americans Hockey Club
General managerChris Flaugher
Head coachChris Flaugher
MediaB2 Networks

History

The team was formed in 1978 in the St. Louis Metro Junior B Hockey League by the St. Louis Blues president and general manager Emile Francis.[1] In 1987, the Jr. Blues merged with the Affton Americans organization and competed in the North American Junior Hockey League, Junior B Division.[2] The Jr. Blues competed in junior B division of USA Hockey's Tier III level. During this time, the team won the Jr. B National Championship in 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007. In 2007, the Jr. Blues and their league, the Central States Hockey League, were promoted to Jr. A status. In 2010, the Jr. Blues won the Tier III Jr. A National Championship.[3]

Season-by-season records

SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGARegular Season FinishPlayoffs
2014–154713304301312286th of 6, Central Div.
25th of 31, NA3HL
[4]
Did not qualify
2015–16473584742621291st of 5, Midwest Div.
3rd of 34, NA3HL
[5]
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Cincinnati Thunder
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. Nashville Junior Predators
1–2–0, 3rd of 4 in Silver Cup round-robin Pool B
(W, 4–3 vs. Steel; L, 2–4 vs. Jr. Brahmas; L, 3–7 vs. Jets)
2016–174736902743241221st of 5, Midwest Div.
6th of 48, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Cincinnati Thunder
Won Div. Finals, 2–1 vs. Peoria Mustangs
1–2–0, 3rd of 4 in Silver Cup round-robin Pool A
(W, 4–2 vs. Capitals; L, 3–4 vs. Lumberjacks; L, 3–5 vs. Jets)
2017–184738900762801171st of 3, Midwest Div.
5th of 42, NA3HL
Div. Semifinals bye
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Peoria Mustangs
2–0–1 in Fraser Cup round-robin Pool A
(W, 4–0 vs. Quake; OTL, 2–3 vs. Lumberjacks; W, 4–0 vs. Jr. Senators)
Won Fraser Cup Semifinal game, 5–0 vs. LaCrosse Freeze
Lost Fraser Cup Final game, 2–3 vs. Metro Jets
2018–194735912732661052nd of 7, Central Div.
8th of 36, NA3HL
Won Div. Semifinals, 2–0 vs. Milwaukee Power
Won Div. Finals, 2–0 vs. Coulee Region Chill
1–1–0 in Fraser Cup round-robin
(W, 6–2 vs. Jr. Senators; L, 1–3 vs. Jr. Brahmas)
Lost Semifinal game, 2–3 (OT) vs. Lewiston/Auburn Nordiques

USA Hockey Tier III Junior A National Championships

YearRound RobinRecordStandingSemifinalChampionship
2009[6]L, Minnesota Ice Hawks (MnJHL) 1–5
L, Jersey Hitmen (EJHL) 4–3
T, Phoenix Polar Bears (WSHL) 2–2
0–2–13rd of 4
Div. III
Did not advance
2010[7]L, New York Bobcats (AtJHL) 3–4
W, Seattle Totems (NorPac) 10–3
W, Rochester Ice Hawks (MnJHL) 4–3
2–1–01st of 4
Div. III
W, New Hampshire Jr. Monarchs (EJHL) 2–1W, South Shore Kings (EJHL) 4–3
National Champions
2011[8]W, Hudson Crusaders (MnJHL) 10–2
W, Seattle Totems (NorPac) 4–3
L, Idaho Jr. Steelheads (WSHL) 1–6
2–1–02nd of 4
Pool I
Did not advance

Alumni

The Jr. Blues have had many alumni move on to, higher levels of junior ice hockey, NCAA Division I, Division III, ACHA College, at professional levels, including the NHL.[9]

Notable alumni include:

References

  1. "Twitter post with paper clipping for Jr. Blues announcement". Jr. Blues Twitter. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
  2. "NA3HL's St. Louis Jr Blues Join JuniorHockey.com". Junior Hockey News. July 18, 2017.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-05-24.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "2014–15 NA3HL Season Standings". Pointstreak. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  5. "2015–16 NA3HL Season Standings". Pointstreak. Retrieved March 20, 2017.
  6. "2009 Tier III Jr. A Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  7. "2010 Tier III Jr. A Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 26, 2015.
  8. "2011 Tier III Jr. A Nat. Championships". USA Hockey. Retrieved August 18, 2015.
  9. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-15. Retrieved 2009-02-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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