The St. Louis Blues return to Fox Sports Midwest tonight for another season of hockey but this year with a special bonus. Individuals who subscribe to cable providers who provide Fox Sports Midwest locally (except for Comcast — if you have Comcast in the St. Louis area you are out of luck) can watch Blues’ games online through the Fox Sports GO website or the Fox Sports GO app for the device of your preference.
Fox Sports Midwest will be bringing back the same broadcast team, minus Pat Parris who left in April. John Kelley and Darren Pang will be providing play-by-play and commentary from the arena while Bernie Federko will return in his role as pre-game, intermission, and post-game in-studio analyst. Jim Hayes and Scott Warmann will host the program and Andy Strickland returns as the team’s reporter. All of this will be directed and produced by the Emmy award nominated duo of Phil Mollica and Tim Pabst.
Fox Sports Midwest will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team this season with a special anniversary segment each broadcast that is tied to either the opponent or the specific date. They are also committing to broadcast any of the on-ice celebrations related to the 50th anniversary.
I have written about hockey ratings in St. Louis throughout last season. Fox Sports Midwest posted some of the best ratings for local broadcasts in the entire NHL. This season should be no exception. With the loss of the Rams, the Cardinals out of the playoffs, the 50th anniversary, and hosting the Winter Classic there is no reason why the Blues should not be the king of the town this season and king of the television sports ratings in the NHL.
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Speaking of television ratings for St. Louis Blues’ games
Also, last night's STL-CHI contest recorded the 4th-best overnight rating ever for an NHL game on NBCSN.— Mike Halford (@HalfordPHT) October 13, 2016