34 in 34: St. Louis Jr. Blues
August 26, 2015
The 34 in 34 series will feature an in-depth look into all 34 teams in the NA3HL for the 2015-16 season, with a new team being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season. 34 in 34 goes in-depth into each NA3HL team and will include interviews with all 34 head coaches in the NA3HL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the 2015-16 season, including taking a look at their potential roster and their strengths as a team for the upcoming season. It will also take a look back on the 2014-15 season and how each team fared and what they accomplished. Best of all, 34 in 34 will provide the fans of the NA3HL with an inside look at their favorite team and what to expect.
St. Louis Jr. Blues
2014-15 Record: 13-30-4, 30 pts. (6th in the Central Division)
2014-15 Playoffs: Did not qualify
Head Coach: Chris Flaugher
2015-16 Division: Midwest
The St. Louis Jr. Blues are looking to bounce back from a rough 2014-15 season and have a strong season in 2015-16. Head coach Chris Flaugher is set to begin his third season in charge of the Jr. Blues and is pleased with what he has seen from his team so far.
“The team is coming together well, we still are looking to tweak a few things and looking for another piece or two to the puzzle. The new players are jelling with the returners and everyone is getting excited to get the season started. The players have been working hard on and off the ice preparing for the season,” said Flaugher.
Although the Jr. Blues didn’t excel in the wins column last season they did excel in player development as they had multiple in season call ups to the NAHL as well as a few players finish the season on NAHL rosters. “Last year wasn't a season to remember in the standings but from a developmental standpoint it was. Our program advanced two players to North American Hockey League and they finished the season on those rosters. We are a program that strives for development and player advancement and never putting winning hockey games over player promotions to higher levels of junior hockey. Every year our team has had mid-season call ups to the NAHL and we hope this year we stay par for the course in that department,” said Flaugher.
This season coach Flaugher is returning a solid group of veteran players and is hoping their experience will pay dividends in the 2015-16 season. “We are returning 9 players from last year's team that gained a lot of experience at the junior level. I feel they are looking to make up for the disappointment of last year's finish and turn this season into a strong season and get back on the winning track,” said Flaugher.
The Jr. Blues joined a new division this year as they have moved from the Central division to the new Midwest division. The Midwest division is shaping up to be very competitive and should provide a better travel schedule for the Jr. Blues. Flaugher is looking forward to the challenges of the new division and reaching their team goals this season.
“The expectations this year is to be a team that competes for a division title and make a run at the Silver Cup. We want to compete and battle every game for 60 minutes. We also feel that we have several players that can find their way into NAHL lineups this year and we hope that will happen. We have two sets of goals, the goals of the coaching staff and the goals of the players. We as coaches have the main goal of developing our players and helping them advance their career. The players have the goal of winning the division title and Silver Cup,” said Flaugher.
Next up in the 34 in 34 series: Sugar Land Imperials