On the seventh day of Bluesmas, our true love gave to us – seven number sevens remembered fondly by St. Louis Blues fans
On the seventh day of Bluesmas, we take a look at seven number sevens to wear the Note for the St. Louis Blues. There have been more, but seven turned into greats or at least hometown heroes.
The argument for best number seven usually revolves around Red Berenson and Garry Unger. Much of that depends on how old you were when you first got into the Blues, or even if you’ve been around for the entire length of the franchise.
The older you are, the more you’ll lean Berenson’s way. Berenson has that edge in terms of leadership and also just a titan in the game itself.
Berenson played 17 years in the NHL, eight of which were spent with the Blues. Those eight were split into two, seperate, four-year stints with a side trip to Detroit in between.
The Red Baron would score 261 goals and 658 points in his career. 172 of the goals and 412 of the points came with the Blues.
Like another famous Blues player, Bernie Federko, Berenson was shockingly traded for a younger player that would prove to be an upgrade overall. Still, it was shocking at the time. Coincidentally, both Berenson and Federko were sent to Detroit.
Berenson also gets put higher on the list for some Blues fans because of his influence on the franchise. He was team captain for awhile and would return as the team’s coach from 1979 through 1982.
Playing with the Blues suited Berenson very well. His career highs in goals and points came while wearing a Blues jersey. When he was faltering in Detroit, being traded back to St. Louis rejuvenated him and he was a solid contributor for another four seasons before retiring as a player in 1978.
Berenson would go onto greater coaching heights with another blue and yellow team, the University of Michigan.