I’ve been writing about the St. Louis Blues for St. Louis Game Time since March 2021. But, unlike my fellow writers, I didn’t grow up as a Blues fan and wasn’t from eastern Missouri or southern Illinois. . I was actually a very big Chicago Blackhawks fan. I knew everything there was to know about the Blackhawks, both on and off the ice.
But, like most other people in this country, the pandemic forced me to quit my job (as a journalist). I’ve covered the San Jose State Spartans men’s football and basketball teams in San Jose, CA. My previous works can be found on the Internet. It’s just a Google search.
I applied to a ton of jobs out of nowhere. I landed that job and a marketing job in St. Louis. Honestly, I didn’t expect Laura to pick me up, but several conversations later, here we are. I ended up learning about the Blues. Like the sports journalist that I am, I put the rivalry aside to cover the team in a neutral way – or so I thought.
Don’t get me wrong, I always write in a neutral or more neutral way; but I ended up converting to the Blues after getting a personalized jersey from former Blues forward and center Mike Zuke. The Blues are a fun team to watch and I’m proud to be a Blues fan. I can watch any NHL game. I love watching the league in its entirety. If there is a match, I will watch it, if there is nothing better. I’m not a picky sports fan. I’m the same way with the NFL, NCAA College Football and the NBA.
I remember my first article for Game Time. I didn’t have a favorite player on the Blues roster. I had 10 favorite players, two of which (Mike Hoffman and Jaden Schwartz) are no longer on the team. I thought I’d pick 10 and pick one later. Dozens of Game Time articles (and Starbucks coffees) later, I finally decided that David Perron was going to be my favorite gamer. Here’s why.
I’m not one to get attached to hockey players because they come and go, but Perron basically changed my mind. I first heard about him from a friend who is a huge David Perron fan. At first I was like, ‘Yeah… He’s a good player… He seems like a nice guy.’ And I thought so for a little over nine months.
Then, a switch went off in my brain on a beautiful Thursday night in California (I’m a digital nomad traveling to different cities since September 2021). I realized how much I loved watching Perron play. He’s a veteran striker and left winger who brings stability and leadership to an inconsistent Blues attack. Much like Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Schenn, Perron’s offensive firepower has been a bright spot on the Blues’ roster. He has 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) along with a -3 rating and 14 penalty minutes in 25 games so far this season. Okay, maybe the -3 rating isn’t good; but he’s been injured in the past – and I’m not hard on athlete injuries because I dealt with injuries (and concussions) from women’s basketball when I was younger.
Perron is a fun player to watch. He adds offensive depth to his line and to his team’s offensive unit. He is a very creative attacker who also has a lot of speed, presence and tenacity. He is rather dandy with the puck. He could go anywhere in America and Canada, but it says a lot that he returned to the Blues not once, not twice, but three times. The third time is the charm, isn’t it? Not every player will remain loyal to the first team that drafted them, but he would have a love for the city, the team, the fans, the media and everyone who cares about hockey.