I’ve been writing about the St. Louis Blues at St. Louis Game Time since March 2021. But, unlike my fellow writers, I didn’t set up as a Blues fan nor was I from eastern Missouri or southern Illinois. I was actually a huge fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. I knew everything I should know about the Blackhawks – both on and off the ice.
But, like most other people in this country, the pandemic has forced me to quit my job (journalism). You’ve covered the San Jose State Spartans’ men’s soccer and basketball teams in San Jose, California. My previous work can be found on the Internet. It’s just a Google search.
I applied to a lot of jobs out of nowhere. I got this job and a marketing job in St. Louis. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting Laura to take me on the plane, but after several conversations, here we are. I ended up getting to know the blues. Like a sports journalist, I put the competition aside to cover the team impartially — or so I thought.
Don’t get me wrong, I still write neutral or more neutral; But I ended up switching to the Blues after receiving a custom jersey from former Blues striker and midfielder Mike Zuk. The Blues are a fun team to watch, and I’m proud to be a Blues fan. I can watch any NHL game though. I love watching the whole league. If the game is on, I’ll watch it, and if there’s nothing better than that. I am not a picky sports fan. I’m the same way with NFL, NCAA College Football, and NBA.
I remember my first article on Game Time. I didn’t have a favorite player on the blues list. I had 10 favorite players, two of whom (Mike Hoffman and Jaden Schwartz) are no longer with the team. I thought I’d pick 10 and pick one later. Dozens of Game Time articles (and Starbucks coffee) later, I finally decided David Perron would be my favorite player. Here’s why.
I’m not the type to hook up with hockey players because they come and go, but Peron fundamentally changed my mind. I first heard about it from a friend who is a huge fan of David Peron. At first, I was like, “Yeah… he’s a good player… he seems like a nice guy.” And I thought this way for a little over nine months.
Then a light switch flashed in my brain on a nice Thursday night in California (I’ve been a digital nomad traveling to different cities since September 2021). I realized how much I enjoyed watching Peron’s play. He is a veteran and left-wing striker who provides stability and drive to attack the inconsistent blues. Just like Vladimir Tarasenko and Brayden Sheen, Byron’s offensive firepower has been a bright spot on the Blues list. He has 20 points (eight goals and 12 assists) along with a -3 rating and 14 minute penalty in 25 games so far this season. Well, rating -3 may not be good; But he’s been hurt in the past — and I’m not that hard about injuries among athletes because I dealt with injuries (and concussions) from girls’ basketball when I was younger.
Peron is a fun player to watch. Adds offensive depth to his line and offensive unit to his team. He’s a very creative striker who also has a lot of speed, presence and tenacity. It’s totally cool with a puck. He could have gone anywhere in America and Canada, but he talks a lot about how he got back into the blues not once, not twice, but three times. The third time is magic, isn’t it? Not every player will remain loyal to the first team that drafted them, but he is said to love the city, the team, the fans, the media, and anyone who cares about hockey.