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Brayden Schenn Named Captain of the St. Louis Blues: A New Era Begins

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The St. Louis Blues have ushered in a new era of leadership by announcing forward Brayden Schenn as the 24th captain in franchise history. This significant decision was unveiled on a momentous Tuesday for the Blues organization.

Alongside Schenn, the Blues introduced a formidable leadership group to support their captain. Robert Thomas, Justin Faulk, and Colton Parayko have been named alternate captains, further strengthening the team’s leadership core.

Brayden Schenn, a 32-year-old center hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, is no stranger to the Blues’ locker room. He has been an integral part of the team for the past six seasons, wearing the alternate captain’s badge for the last three. Schenn’s journey into this prestigious role follows a stellar 2022-23 season, where he showcased his talent by notching 21 goals and accumulating an impressive 65 points in 82 games for the Blues.

Schenn’s predecessor in the captaincy, Ryan O’Reilly, served the Blues with distinction for two full seasons and part of the previous year before being traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in February. Schenn and O’Reilly now join the illustrious list of Blues captains, which includes legendary figures such as Wayne Gretzky, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, Bernie Federko, and more.

Reflecting on this momentous occasion, Schenn expressed his deep appreciation for the honor bestowed upon him, saying, “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.” He eagerly embraces the challenges and responsibilities that come with leading the Blues.

Brayden Schenn’s remarkable NHL journey began when he was selected fifth overall in the 2009 NHL draft by the Los Angeles Kings. Over his illustrious career, which has spanned 858 regular-season games, Schenn has donned the jerseys of the Kings, Philadelphia Flyers, and Blues. His impressive resume boasts 240 goals and 349 assists, amassing a total of 589 career points. Notably, Schenn was a crucial part of the Blues’ 2018-19 Stanley Cup victory when Alex Pietrangelo wore the captain’s ‘C.’ In playoff battles, he has contributed 40 points across 75 games, further exemplifying his leadership on the ice.

Blues coach Craig Berube, a firm believer in Schenn’s capabilities, emphasized that the new captain will remain true to his style of play despite the added responsibilities. Berube stated, “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 Brayden Schenn gears up for the forthcoming season, he enters his seventh campaign with the Blues. This milestone surpasses his six-year tenure in Philadelphia, making St. Louis his longest-serving team in the NHL. He spoke warmly of his bond with the city, saying, “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.”

The Blues face a season of challenges and aspirations in 2023-24, aiming to return to the playoffs and recapture their winning form. Last season saw them finish 14 points shy of the second wild card in the Western Conference, posting a record of 37-38-7 for a total of 81 points. While key players like O’Reilly and longtime Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko were traded leading up to the deadline, the team has not fully committed to a rebuilding phase but rather focused on a swift retooling strategy.

Schenn conveyed the team’s high expectations and unwavering commitment to excellence, stating, “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.”

As Brayden Schenn takes on the captaincy, the Blues embark on a new chapter filled with anticipation, determination, and a shared goal of reaching the pinnacle of NHL success once again. With Schenn at the helm, Blues fans can look forward to an exciting and promising future on the ice.

Reference:

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