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1995–96 St. Louis Blues · NHL
Division 4th Central
Conference 5th Western
1995–96 record 32–34–16
Home record 15–17–9
Road record 17–17–7
Goals for 219
Goals against 248
General Manager Mike Keenan
Coach Mike Keenan
Captain Brett Hull (Oct)
Shayne Corson (Oct-Feb)
Wayne Gretzky (Feb-Apr)
Alternate captains Shayne Corson (Oct, Feb-Apr)
Brett Hull (Feb-Apr)
Al MacInnis
Arena Kiel Center
Team leaders
Goals Brett Hull (43)
Assists Al MacInnis (44)
Points Brett Hull (83)
Penalties in minutes Shayne Corson (192)
Wins Grant Fuhr (30)
Goals against average Grant Fuhr (2.87)

The 1995–96 St. Louis Blues season was the 39th in franchise history. The Blues moved to a new facility, the Kiel Center, and hired Mike Keenan as coach and general manager. The hard nosed Keenan rubbed many Blues players the wrong way, but brought a tough, winning style of play. One of Keenan's first moves was trading Brendan Shanahan to the Hartford Whalers for Chris Pronger. With Brett Hull in Keenan's dog house, the general manager made a bold move by acquiring Wayne Gretzky for the 1995–96 stretch run, reuniting him with former Oilers such as Glenn Anderson, Charlie Huddy, Craig MacTavish, Grant Fuhr, Igor Kravchuk, Shayne Corson and others. The 'Great One' couldn't do a whole lot during his limited time in St. Louis once goalie Grant Fuhr was hurt in the final game of the regular season. The Blues defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Western Conference Quarter-finals. It would be the last playoff series ever played at Maple Leaf Gardens. In the Western Conference Semi-finals, the Blues played the President's Trophy winners, the Detroit Red Wings.

OffseasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Wayne Gretzky tradeEdit

On February 27, the St. Louis Blues acquired Wayne Gretzky from the Los Angeles Kings for Craig Johnson, Patrice Tardif, Roman Vopat and draft picks.[1] In 18 regular season games with the Blues, Gretzky notched 21 points as the Blues qualified for the playoffs for the 17th straight season with a record of 32–34–16. He scored 37 points in 31 games for the team in both the regular season and the playoffs, and the Blues came within one overtime game of the Conference finals. He also served as the team's captain in his short tenure with the Blues. despite reuniting with former Edmonton Oilers teammates Glenn Anderson, Grant Fuhr, and Craig Mactivish, who Gretzky has not played with since the 1988 Stanley Cup win, he never clicked with the team or with his new right-winger, “The Golden BrettHull, on the ice as well as many had expected. On July 12, he signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent, rejoining longtime Oilers teammate Mark Messier.

Final standingsEdit

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T GF GA Pts
1 1 Detroit Red Wings 82 62 13 7 325 181 131
2 3 Chicago Blackhawks 82 40 28 14 273 220 94
3 4 Toronto Maple Leafs 82 34 36 12 247 252 80
4 5 St. Louis Blues 82 32 34 16 219 248 80
5 8 Winnipeg Jets 82 36 40 6 275 291 78
6 12 Dallas Stars 82 26 42 14 227 280 66


Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 7, 19951–4 @ Washington Capitals (1995–96) 0–1–0
2WOctober 10, 19955–3 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 1–1–0
3WOctober 12, 19953–1 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 2–1–0
4WOctober 14, 19954–1 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 3–1–0
5LOctober 17, 19954–7 Boston Bruins (1995–96) 3–2–0
6TOctober 19, 19951–1 OT Dallas Stars (1995–96) 3–2–1
7LOctober 21, 19951–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 3–3–1
8LOctober 22, 19952–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 3–4–1
9WOctober 25, 19954–2 @ Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 4–4–1
10WOctober 27, 19954–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 5–4–1
11LOctober 29, 19951–3 Washington Capitals (1995–96) 5–5–1
12LNovember 1, 19950–3 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 5–6–1
13LNovember 4, 19953–7 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 5–7–1
14LNovember 7, 19950–1 Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 5–8–1
15WNovember 10, 19953–2 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 6–8–1
16WNovember 11, 19954–1 @ New York Islanders (1995–96) 7–8–1
17TNovember 14, 19951–1 OT New York Rangers (1995–96) 7–8–2
18WNovember 16, 19953–1 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 8–8–2
19LNovember 18, 19952–5 @ Boston Bruins (1995–96) 8–9–2
20LNovember 21, 19952–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 8–10–2
21LNovember 23, 19952–3 Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 8–11–2
22TNovember 25, 19952–2 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 8–11–3
23LNovember 27, 19950–2 Buffalo Sabres (1995–96) 8–12–3
24WNovember 29, 19955–4 Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 9–12–3
25WNovember 30, 19954–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 10–12–3
26WDecember 2, 19957–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 11–12–3
27TDecember 5, 19951–1 OT @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 11–12–4
28WDecember 8, 19956–3 @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 12–12–4
29WDecember 9, 19952–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 13–12–4
30LDecember 12, 19952–5 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 13–13–4
31TDecember 14, 19953–3 OT Calgary Flames (1995–96) 13–13–5
32WDecember 16, 19953–2 San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 14–13–5
33WDecember 19, 19954–1 New York Islanders (1995–96) 15–13–5
34LDecember 22, 19951–2 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 15–14–5
35LDecember 23, 19951–2 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 15–15–5
36LDecember 26, 19952–3 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 15–16–5
37WDecember 28, 19954–1 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 16–16–5
38LDecember 30, 19953–4 OT Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 16–17–5
39WJanuary 4, 19963–1 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 17–17–5
40WJanuary 6, 19963–2 Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 18–17–5
41LJanuary 9, 19962–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 18–18–5
42TJanuary 11, 19964–4 OT @ Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 18–18–6
43TJanuary 13, 19963–3 OT @ Montreal Canadiens (1995–96) 18–18–7
44TJanuary 14, 19963–3 OT @ New York Rangers (1995–96) 18–18–8
45LJanuary 16, 19961–5 Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 18–19–8
46WJanuary 24, 19966–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 19–19–8
47WJanuary 27, 19962–1 Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 20–19–8
48LJanuary 29, 19962–4 @ Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 20–20–8
49WJanuary 31, 19964–0 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 21–20–8
50TFebruary 1, 19962–2 OT Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 21–20–9
51LFebruary 3, 19963–7 Philadelphia Flyers (1995–96) 21–21–9
52LFebruary 6, 19962–5 Dallas Stars (1995–96) 21–22–9
53LFebruary 8, 19961–6 Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 21–23–9
54WFebruary 10, 19966–3 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 22–23–9
55TFebruary 11, 19962–2 OT @ Florida Panthers (1995–96) 22–23–10
56WFebruary 13, 19963–2 @ Tampa Bay Lightning (1995–96) 23–23–10
57WFebruary 16, 19964–3 Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 24–23–10
58WFebruary 18, 19963–0 Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 25–23–10
59LFebruary 20, 19961–7 Ottawa Senators (1995–96) 25–24–10
60WFebruary 22, 19964–3 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 26–24–10
61TFebruary 24, 19962–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 26–24–11
62TFebruary 29, 19962–2 OT @ Vancouver Canucks (1995–96) 26–24–12
63WMarch 3, 19964–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1995–96) 27–24–12
64WMarch 5, 19962–0 Florida Panthers (1995–96) 28–24–12
65LMarch 7, 19962–4 Calgary Flames (1995–96) 28–25–12
66WMarch 9, 19966–3 Hartford Whalers (1995–96) 29–25–12
67LMarch 12, 19962–4 @ Calgary Flames (1995–96) 29–26–12
68WMarch 15, 19964–2 @ San Jose Sharks (1995–96) 30–26–12
69LMarch 17, 19961–5 @ Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 30–27–12
70WMarch 18, 19963–1 @ Los Angeles Kings (1995–96) 31–27–12
71LMarch 20, 19961–2 @ Dallas Stars (1995–96) 31–28–12
72LMarch 22, 19961–6 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1995–96) 31–29–12
73TMarch 24, 19962–2 OT Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 31–29–13
74LMarch 26, 19964–8 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1995–96) 31–30–13
75TMarch 28, 19964–4 OT New Jersey Devils (1995–96) 31–30–14
76LMarch 31, 19961–8 @ Detroit Red Wings (1995–96) 31–31–14
77WApril 3, 19966–3 @ Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 32–31–14
78LApril 4, 19961–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 32–32–14
79LApril 6, 19961–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1995–96) 32–33–14
80TApril 8, 19962–2 OT Winnipeg Jets (1995–96) 32–33–15
81LApril 11, 19962–3 Colorado Avalanche (1995–96) 32–34–15
82TApril 14, 19962–2 OT @ Chicago Blackhawks (1995–96) 32–34–16

PlayoffsEdit

In the playoffs Gretzky would provide a spark as the Blues overcame an injury to goalie Grant Fuhr in Game 1 to beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in 6 games. Backup goalie Jon Casey continued to keep the Blues hopes alive as they jumped out to a 3–2 series lead against the Detroit Red Wings. However, the Wings would rally and win the series in double overtime in Game 7 on Steve Yzerman's goal.

Player statsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 70 43 40 83 3041656
MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis D 82 17 44 61 885911
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 77 18 28 46 19231300
Hawerchuk, DaleDale Hawerchuk C 66 13 28 41 225501
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 69 24 16 40 101-9711
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 81 13 22 35 842316
Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger D 78 7 18 25 110-18311
Creighton, AdamAdam Creighton C 61 11 10 21 780203
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 18 8 13 21 2-6111
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 57 8 13 21 12-2201
Matteau, StephaneStephane Matteau LW 46 7 13 20 65-4302
Johnson, CraigCraig Johnson LW 49 8 7 15 30-4100
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 32 3 12 15 267000
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 40 3 12 15 24-6001
Norton, JeffJeff Norton D 36 4 7 11 264001
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 82 2 9 11 1903000
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 27 6 4 10 544101
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 26 2 8 10 14-6200
Laperriere, IanIan Laperriere RW 33 3 6 9 87-4101
Roberts, DavidDavid Roberts LW 28 1 6 7 12-7101
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 14 2 4 6 22-3000
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 51 3 2 5 100-1001
Vopat, RomanRoman Vopat C 25 2 3 5 48-8101
Tikkanen, EsaEsa Tikkanen LW 11 1 4 5 181010
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson RW 15 2 2 4 6-11200
Daigneault, J. J.J. J. Daigneault D 37 1 3 4 24-6000
Chasse, DenisDenis Chasse RW 42 3 0 3 108-9101
Tardif, PatricePatrice Tardif C 23 3 0 3 12-2001
Wells, JayJay Wells D 76 0 3 3 67-8000
McRae, BasilBasil McRae LW 18 1 1 2 40-5000
Broten, PaulPaul Broten RW 17 0 1 1 4-1000
Eakins, DallasDallas Eakins D 16 0 1 1 34-2000
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 79 0 1 1 80000
Gilbert, GregGreg Gilbert LW 17 0 1 1 8-1000
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 7 0 1 1 0-5000
MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C 13 0 1 1 8-6000
Casey, JonJon Casey G 9 0 0 0 00000
Dufresne, DonaldDonald Dufresne D 3 0 0 0 4-2000
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 12 0 0 0 6-7000
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski G 1 0 0 0 00000
Knipscheer, FredFred Knipscheer C 1 0 0 0 20000
Racine, BruceBruce Racine G 11 0 0 0 20000
Rivers, JamieJamie Rivers D 3 0 0 0 2-1000
Sawyer, KevinKevin Sawyer LW 6 0 0 0 23-2000
Sutton, KenKen Sutton D 6 0 0 0 4-1000
Vasilevski, AlexanderAlexander Vasilevski RW 1 0 0 0 0-1000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 4365 79 30 28 16 209 2.87 321571948.903
Casey, JonJon Casey 395 9 2 3 0 25 3.80 0180155.861
Jablonski, PatPat Jablonski 8 1 0 0 0 1 7.50 054.800
Racine, BruceBruce Racine 230 11 0 3 0 12 3.13 010189.881
Team: 4998 82 32 34 16 247 2.97 324432196.899

PlayoffsEdit

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Gretzky, WayneWayne Gretzky C 13 2 14 16 02101
Corson, ShayneShayne Corson LW 13 8 6 14 22-1611
Hull, BrettBrett Hull RW 13 6 5 11 102211
MacInnis, AlAl MacInnis D 13 3 4 7 202100
Kravchuk, IgorIgor Kravchuk D 10 1 5 6 40001
Pronger, ChrisChris Pronger D 13 1 5 6 160000
Noonan, BrianBrian Noonan RW 13 4 1 5 10-5000
Leach, StephenStephen Leach RW 11 3 2 5 104101
Anderson, GlennGlenn Anderson RW 11 1 4 5 65001
Zezel, PeterPeter Zezel C 10 3 0 3 24010
Courtnall, GeoffGeoff Courtnall LW 13 0 3 3 142000
Creighton, AdamAdam Creighton C 13 1 1 2 8-4000
Khmylev, YuriYuri Khmylev LW 6 1 1 2 41001
Twist, TonyTony Twist LW 10 1 1 2 160000
Casey, JonJon Casey G 12 0 2 2 80000
MacTavish, CraigCraig MacTavish C 13 0 2 2 60000
Matteau, StephaneStephane Matteau LW 11 0 2 2 8-2000
Baron, MurrayMurray Baron D 13 1 0 1 204010
Huddy, CharlieCharlie Huddy D 13 1 0 1 81000
Hudson, MikeMike Hudson C/LW 2 0 1 1 41000
Wells, JayJay Wells D 12 0 1 1 20000
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr G 2 0 0 0 00000
McRae, BasilBasil McRae LW 2 0 0 0 00000
Olsson, ChristerChrister Olsson D 3 0 0 0 0-1000
Pearson, RobRob Pearson RW 2 0 0 0 141000
Racine, BruceBruce Racine G 1 0 0 0 00000
Sutton, KenKen Sutton D 1 0 0 0 00000
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Casey, JonJon Casey 747 12 6 6 36 2.89 1378342.905
Fuhr, GrantGrant Fuhr 69 2 1 0 1 0.87 04544.978
Racine, BruceBruce Racine 1 1 0 0 0 0.00 000
Team: 817 13 7 6 37 2.72 1423386.913

[2]

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/- = plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
      MIN = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

RosterEdit


Center

Right Wing

Left Wing

Defense

Goalie

TransactionsEdit

  • July 28, 1995 - Doug Lidster was traded by the St. Louis Blues to the New York Rangers in exchange for Jay Wells.

Draft picksEdit

The 1995 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Edmonton Coliseum in Edmonton, Canada. The drafting order was now set partially by a lottery system whereby teams would not be guaranteed first pick if they finished last.

Round Pick Name Nationality College/junior/club team
2 49. Jochen Hecht (LW) Flag of Germany Germany Mannheim Eagles (DEL)


External linksEdit

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