ST. LOUIS BLUES NAME BRAYDEN SCHENN CAPTAIN

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Brayden Schenn Appointed Captain of the St. Louis Blues

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On Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues officially unveiled forward Brayden Schenn as the 24th captain in the franchise’s storied history.

Brayden Schenn was named the 24th captain of the St. Louis Blues, as officially announced by the team on Tuesday.

The Blues also revealed the remainder of their leadership team, with Robert Thomas, Justin Faulk, and Colton Parayko assuming the roles of alternate captains.

At 32 years old, Schenn brings extensive experience to the role, having spent the last six seasons with the Blues, and serving as an alternate captain for the past three. Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, the seasoned center enters the upcoming season following an impressive 2022-23 campaign in which he notched 21 goals and accumulated 65 points in 82 games for the Blues.

Previously, center Ryan O’Reilly served as the St. Louis Blues’ captain for two full seasons and part of the preceding year before the team traded him to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February.

Schenn and O’Reilly join a distinguished list of leaders who have worn the ‘C’ for the Blues, including legendary figures like Wayne Gretzky, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, Bernie Federko, and many others.

Expressing his gratitude for the honor, Schenn stated, “The history of this franchise, the great captains they’ve had, and now getting your own name added to that extraordinary list, it’s a huge honor that I’m thankful for. I’m excited for the opportunity and the challenge this will bring.”

Since being selected fifth overall in the 2009 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings, Schenn has amassed 858 career regular-season games, split between L.A., the Philadelphia Flyers, and the Blues. His impressive stats include 240 goals, 349 assists, and 589 points. Schenn was part of the Stanley Cup-winning Blues team in 2018-19 when Alex Pietrangelo held the captain’s ‘C.’ He has also contributed 40 career playoff points in 75 games.

Blues coach Craig Berube expressed confidence in Schenn’s readiness for the added responsibility of the captaincy, noting that Schenn has always worked diligently since joining the team.

Berube remarked, “For Schenn, he’ll be the same player. There’s added responsibility for sure when you have a captain and extra things you have to do and take care of, but he’s ready for it.”

As Schenn embarks on his regular season, he enters his seventh campaign in St. Louis, surpassing the six years he spent in Philadelphia as the longest tenure with a single team in his career. Reflecting on his time with the Blues, he shared, “I’ve always said, St. Louis has been the best thing for me. Getting the opportunity to come here and play, winning the Stanley Cup and now (being named captain), it’s an opportunity for us to work together and get back to where we feel we should be as an organization. I’m looking forward to the challenge and the opportunity to lead this team.”

Another challenge awaiting the Blues in the 2023-24 season is their quest to return to the playoffs. Last season, they finished 14 points shy of the second wild card spot in the Western Conference, concluding with a 37-38-7 record for 81 points. Despite trading O’Reilly and longtime Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko leading up to the trade deadline, the team has not committed to a full rebuild but is focused on a more expedited retool.

Schenn emphasized the team’s high standards and shared goals for the upcoming season, saying, “I see our team to hold ourselves and the organization to hold ourselves to a high standard that we have a vision for our team, that we feel we have goals that we are going to achieve this year. There’s a good energy in our locker room right now. I know camp hasn’t started, but there’s a good excitement, and we’re looking forward to this upcoming season.

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