1997–98 St. Louis Blues season

1997–98 St. Louis Blues season

The 1997–98 NHL season was the 81st regular season of the National Hockey League. Twenty-six teams each played 82 games. The Stanley Cup winners were the Detroit Red Wings, who swept the Washington Capitals in four games.

Team=St. Louis Blues
GeneralManager=Larry Pleau
Coach=Joel Quenneville
Captain=Chris Pronger
Arena=Kiel Center
GoalsLeader=Geoff Courtnall (31)
AssistsLeader=Pierre Turgeon (46)
PointsLeader=Brett Hull (72)
PlusMinusLeader=Chris Pronger (+47)
PIMLeader=Kelly Chase (231)
WinsLeader=Grant Fuhr (29)
GAALeader=Jamie McLennan (2.17)
The highlight of the 1997–98 St. Louis Blues season would mark an end of an era as Brett Hull is not re-signed following the season.


The NHL continued to tilt more toward the south, as the Hartford Whalers moved to Greensboro, North Carolina, and became known as the Carolina Hurricanes.

The season was interrupted to allow NHL players to take part in the Winter Olympics for the first time. Fans expected Canada and the United States to meet for the gold medal, since they boasted teams made up entirely of NHL stars. But the U. S. was knocked out early and Canada finished fourth. The Czech Republic won the Olympic championship, beating Russia 1–0, thanks largely to Dominik Hasek's great goaltending.Hasek, who had won the nickname "the Dominator," also had a great NHL season, recording 13 shutouts and winning the Hart Trophy as the league's MVP for the second straight year. He was the first goalie to win the award more than once.
Jaromir Jagr should certainly not be overlooked. He was a teammate of Hasek's on the Czech gold medal team and he led the NHL in scoring with 102 points. It was the first time that only one player had scored more than 100 points since 1969–70.

The Dallas Stars had the league's best record with 107 points to lead the Central Division, 4 points ahead of the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit, Red Wings. New Jersey was next with 107 points to top the Atlantic Division. Jagr's Pittsburgh Penguins led the Northeast Division with 98 points, while Colorado was first in the Pacific Division with 95 points.

The Western Conference playoffs pretty much followed the script, with Detroit and Dallas meeting in the final, where the Red Wings prevailed in six games. But the Eastern Conference was full of upsets. In the first round, Hasek's Buffalo Sabres beat the Philadelphia Flyers, Montreal beat Pittsburgh, and Ottawa beat New Jersey. The Sabres then swept Montreal in the semi-finals, while the Washington Capitals eliminated Ottawa in six games. The Capitals and Sabres fought through a six-game conference championship series, with Washington winning three games in overtime to take the title

The Red Wings then swept the Capitals in the Stanley Cup finals, though it wasn't quite that easy. The first three games were all decided by one goal and one of them went to overtime, but Detroit then took a 4–1 win in the fourth and final game. The Red Wing captain, Steve Yzerman, won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. He led all post-season scorers with 24 points in 22 games. [ [http://www.hickoksports.com/history/nhl199798.shtml#final Hickok Sports] ]


In his first full season as Coach Joel Quenneville decided to employ a defensive formula. The move worked wonders as even Brett Hull brought into the new system as the Blues finished in 3rd place with a solid 45–29–8 record. In the playoffs the Blues would dominate the Los Angeles Kings sweeping them in 4 straight. However, in the 2nd round the Blues would be upended by the Detroit Red Wings in 6 games. The season would mark an end of an era as Brett Hull is not resigned following the season as he sign a free agent deal with the Dallas Stars. [ [http://www.sportsecyclopedia.com/nhl/stlouis/blues.html St. Louis Blues (1967-Present)] ]

NHL Draft

The 1997 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 21 June 1997. The first round of the draft began at noon and was televised live on ESPN2, TSN, and RDS.The Penguins were expecting that many hockey fans will be flocking to the Igloo that weekend to witness the draft. General admission tickets for the event (which were free) were no longer available, but the gates would be open after the first round to allow the public into the arena.The NHL Draft produces both hits and misses as far as prospects are concerned. Until recently the Montréal Canadiens had not enjoyed much success over the last 7 draft years. Some players who were drafted did not develop as hoped, while others were lost for purely financial reasons. [ [http://www.lcshockey.com/issues/75/75draft.asp 1997 NHL Entry Draft Preview] ]

eason Standings

Player stats: Regular Season


"Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points"


"Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points"

Left Wing

"Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points"


ee also

* List of Stanley Cup champions
* 1996 NHL Entry Draft
* 46th National Hockey League All-Star Game
* National Hockey League All-Star Game
* NHL All-Rookie Team
* 1997 in sports
* 1997 in sports


External links

* [http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/leagues/seasons/teams/0000361997.html Blues on Hockey Database]
* [http://www.hickoksports.com/history/nhl199596.shtml#standings Hickok Sports]
* [http://www.nhl.com/ The National Hockey League Web Site]
* [http://blues.nhl.com/ Official website of the St. Louis Blues]
* [http://www.hockeynut.com/9798/stanley97.html The HockeyNut]

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