Believe it or not, these are Brett Hull and Al MacInnis. They live on my bookshelf at work, and they embody the St. Louis Blues to me. The players, not the Starting Lineup figures.
Puck Daddy has had a great feature going this summer called "The Essentials," where bloggers from each team recall their franchise's essential player, goal, fight, stadium chow, and the like. It's been a fun way to kill the summer doldrums when exactly jack and shit happens and the only hockey news is about how there might not be any hockey news next season. It blows.
I'm not sure who is doing St. Louis' essentials, but I figured here on Game Time I could ask everyone to be selfish and choose their own essential Blue. The twist here is, though, it's not who you feel is most essential to the team or to the franchise as a figure, but who is most essential to you. Who got you into the sport? Who caught your eye when you were a little kid and made you go "holy crap, I want to do that one day!" Who represents the heart and soul of the Blues to you?
There are many to choose from: the Plager Bros, Red Berenson, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Chris Pronger, David Backes. All of these guys mean different things to different people -- or could mean nothing to you at all. Maybe your favorite Blue of all time is Philipe Bozon for reasons only known to you.
Anyway, cough it up: who is the franchise to you? Who is your essential St. Louis Blue?