Kompon To Bring Stanley Cup to St. Louis
It’s not often the Stanley Cup makes its way to St. Louis. Doug Weight brought the Cup to town after winning it with the Carolina Hurricanes back in 2006. Since then I’m not sure it’s found its way back.
This will change Monday when former Blues video coach Jamie Kompon hosts his day with the Cup in St. Louis. Kompon was very involved in the minor hockey scene during his time with the Blues and to show what St. Louis means to he and his wife he’s chosen to share his special day with the many friends he’s stayed in touch with in the Midwest.
Hockey fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Cup Monday Morning august 6th from 11:00-1:00 at the Kirkwood community Center. For a $5.00 donation fans can get a picture taken with the Cup with 100% of the proceeds going to the Five Acres Animal Shelter, formerly the St. Charles Humane Society. Five acres is the only no-kill animal shelter in St. Charles County.
The Animal Shelter also happens to be the charity heavily supported by Blues Captain David Backes and his wife Kelly. How fitting is it that a Blues player is teaming up with a member of the Los Angeles Kings after the Kings swept St. Louis in the second round of the playoffs last spring. Obviously Backes is behind the Kompon’s choosing his charity as the two share a strong passion for the well being of animals.
Pictures will stop at 1:00 sharp as the Cup is on a very structured schedule. You only get the Cup for one day so time is of the essence. I recommend fans get there early to increase their chances of walking away with a picture. Backes will not be in attendance which is expected for players who have never lifted the Stanley Cup themselves. Blues fans hope his time will soon come.
Kompon, one of the good guys working in the NHL today, has spent the last six seasons with the Kings after originally being hired by Marc Crawford. He will not return to Los Angeles next season and has accepted a position under Joel Quenneville’s with the Chicago Blackhawks. Kompon worked under Quenneville and Blackhawks assistant Mike Kitchen for nearly a decade with the Blues prior to the 2004-2005 lockout.
What: The Stanley Cup
When: Monday August 6th from 11:00-1:00
Where: Kirkwood Community Center (East Gymnasium)
We will broadcast live from the event on 590 the fan.
Several players have been affected by the paused free agent market including Jason Arnott and Carlo Colaiacovo. Both players are receiving interest and will eventually land a contract. First Rick Nash was holding things up and now Shane Doan is doing the same. Once Doan signs we should see things pick up. Many are waiting for players like Roberto Luongo and potentially Jonathan Bernier, Jay Bouwmeester, and Bobby Ryan to be traded as well.
Congrats to AAA Blues player and John Burroughs student Alex Jasiek on making the U-17 roster who will represent USA at the upcoming 5 Nations tournament in the Czech Republic.
Blake Clarke out of St. Louis had a very strong camp and all indications point towards him deserving a spot. Clarke will play this season with Brampton in the OHL and some feel his connection with the CHL in Canada led to him being left off the team. The team will be coached by former longtime Detroit assistant coach Barry Smith.
More to come,