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The Blues honor former players Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev, who died tragically in the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv plane crash.
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On a night when the blues honored the fallen 38. They will also welcome their 24 head coach in franchise history. It's a historic night of hockey at Saint Louis and it begins next on fox sports midwest. And we welcome you inside. Scott trade center here and now. Lewis on a very special night. Not just the debut of new head coach Ken Hitchcock but of course I think it paid tribute to the life. -- people who are left and paddled pretty good let's put down at all Calhoun. And -- the turnaround. Please welcome our host for the evening blues at fox sports midwest announcer. John tell me. Thank you very much Tom. It's a real -- to be asked to host this event and as I had the good fortune to work with both these fine gentlemen over the careers with the saint Louis blues. I can honestly say that they were not only great players but true gentleman. Who wore the number 38 on the blue Jersey -- -- pride and honor. Now let's meet our special guest for tonight's ceremony. Represented the blues organization please welcome. The vice president of hockey operations. And former teammate up Havel's Al MacInnis. -- Represented -- Chicago Blackhawks and former coaches have Pavel and Igor. Please welcome Joel Quenneville and Mike fiction. Also for the Blackhawks and former blue mark pertinent. Welcome the blues alumni who either worked richt coached. -- played alongside these two men. -- brown. -- -- Kelly chase. -- -- -- -- -- Curtis Joseph of Scott Mellanby. Bobby later. Jamie Rivers. -- -- -- -- -- wall he could shock. Tony west. -- -- Scott Young. And -- stumble. From the blues -- Barrett Jackman. And for the Blackhawks fans. -- ball players. Capitals best friend Mary comes up. Now please welcome the family of the core -- allowed. These lovely wife here it. And their daughters who -- born here in Saint Louis. Christina and Anastasia. During tonight's game especially designed pats will be worn by the blues players and never -- -- born. These jerseys are currently being auctioned off on Saint -- -- dot com with proceeds benefiting that they need to have more left behind it. It will help underprivileged kids play the game of hockey. The onslaught and at 5 PM on Friday night. And it it just didn't want to happen tonight's fifty debut -- We'll also go directly to the fund. People are Carlisle was drafted by the blues in the second round of the 1990 you have to draft. And played some seasons with the blue note. Registering ten goals and 43 points in a 147. Games. He had recently returned to coaching. And was an assistant coach -- -- locomotive team. Now with a few words about Igor is his former life mate. At a hockey hall of Famer let's welcome back -- home. Although welcome back. -- are great fans. And all my friends in this beautiful city. I come here. With a very heavy heart. When I first read -- as a twenty year old young Russian. We showed up in training camp. He had a great work ethic. And a smile I could light up any room. Sure we met his wife here. Charming. Beautiful -- And her husband and very often. Okay. They fit right in. And you would have thought they had been here for years. Eager is eager to learn not just in north American hockey game. But he wanted to learn a North American culture. And he quickly picked up on both. Having a great NHL career. He also shared some of this Russian culture with us as I remember 1. Evening at our rookie dinner. He showed generally Kelly chase said. That the obvious compliment to vodka was still pickles. When he got finished his playing days these surface I don't torturing him. And in a letter that he sent -- he outlined his plan. To start tortured in Russia. And soon be here in the NHL. Torching. And he would have been a great coach because he was a great man who cared about people. We're. Vera Christina. -- -- -- Always remember that you have a family with us here in Saint Louis. In the -- family us the alumni and the -- cares so much about everybody. Igor. From all of us. And for all of those -- you've touched. Dog dirt poor boy drew. So long migrant. Right now present Igor Carlos family with a personalized jerseys symbolizing -- course presents. As a not a great player in tonight's -- hit.