Just because the 2017 NHL All Star Game went Hollywood doesn’t mean that it can’t have some St. Louis flavor thrown in there. Local hero (and noted Hat of Lies owner) Jon Hamm, fresh off of his troll job of Jeremy Roenick at the Winter Classic, hosted last night’s reveal of the 100 greatest players of all time.
The Blues are well represented on the list, with fourteen former players selected. Martin Brodeur, Grant Fuhr, Wayne Gretzky, Glenn Hall, Doug Harvey, Brett Hull, Al MacInnis, Dickie Moore, Adam Oates, Jacques Plante, Chris Pronger, Brendan Shanahan, Peter Stastny, and noted sore spot Scott Stevens were all chosen.
You can argue that most of these players were selected thanks to their careers on other teams - I’m pretty sure that Martin Brodeur’s work with the Blues was not taken into consideration. Grant Fuhr was chosen because of his role in the Oilers dynasty, Hall and Plante for goaltending gigs elsewhere, and Scott Stevens was selected for his career with the New Jersey Devils.
However, MacInnis, Pronger, Shanahan, Oates, and Hull all made their careers and put up flashy numbers in St. Louis. If you want to be nit-picky, there are five on this list whose Blues careers were directly considered in their selection, and out of those five, only probably Shanny’s post-Blues career held more weight than others.