Brett Hull was arguably the greatest sniper in Blues history, scoring over 500 goals.
But in a weird twist, he’s now behind the decision to stop celebrating them.
Hull, the Blues’ executive vice-president, said in a Thursday live chat on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website that he — along with ex-Blues Kelly Chase and Keith Tkachuk — “strongly suggested” the team stop doing the Conga line fist-pound after scoring.
“We strongly suggested they acted [sic] like they’ve done it before,” Hull explained.
The decision to stop the celebration has flown under the radar, perhaps because the Blues only recently bailed on it.
For more, here’s Dan O’Neil from the Post-Dispatch on Oct. 31:
Perhaps you noticed during the last two games, wins over Nashville and Winnipeg. When the line of David Backes, Alexander Steen and T.J Oshie have been on the ice for Blues’ goals — and that has been the case on six occasions — there has been no skate to the bench for a Conga line of high-fives.
There has been the traditional raised arms, the traditional hugs and smiles among those involved. And there has been a return to positions for the drop of the puck. In short, the Blues act like they’ve been there before, and aspire to be there again.
“That came from a few gentlemen who used to play here,” Backes said. “They felt like the going through the line thing was a high school, college type of play.
“It’s one of those things where you didn’t really think about it. It’s just the way it was when we got here, the way it was in college, what we did in high school. I think this is a unique thing that maybe we can change the trend a little bit — score the goal, congratulate each other and let’s go do it again.”
Others have since taken notice, as Damien Cox of the Toronto Star recently praised the Blues for eschewing “one of the game’s dumber traditions.”