Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Day in the Sun: No Game, but Plenty of Action for Blues

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Day in the Sun: No Game, but Plenty of Action for Blues

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If nothing else, the Blues' off days in sunny Southern California have been eventful.

They've met a former president.

Ronald Reagan, accompanied by a host of security agents, dropped by the Blues' practice at the Ice-O-Plex in Panorama City north of L.A. and took it all in from a snack bar overlooking the rink. Seems the nation's 40th president is a Blues fan, or so said his security forces. The entourage wouldn't let anyone get close to Reagan, but Brett Hull got to meet the former president, who autographed a hockey stick blade for Hull. "He asked for me . . . no, I'm kidding," Hull said. "I've mentioned that I'd like to meet him and that I got to meet George Bush. It was nice to meet him. He was a very, very nice man." They dropped a bundle on the team rookie dinner. Instead of the former fraternity-type hazing that went on in the mid-1980s, players got together at an expensive restaurant, ordered the best food and wine and gave the bill to the rookies. Rookies Jim Campbell, Harry York and Libor Zabransky split a bill Sunday night that would max out most credit cards. The cost: Too much for the players to discuss publicly. They scoped out the Los Angeles County Courthouse in Santa Monica, site of the O.J. Simpson civil trial and a scant two blocks from the Blues hotel. The driver of the Blues' team bus played tour guide coming from practice on Monday afternoon. He wheeled into the courthouse parking lot to take a shortcut to the hotel, pointing out the various tents set up for the national press along the way. Unfortunately, he had to back up and double back because the road had been blocked for the media on O.J.'s last day of testimony in his wrongful death civil suit. They filmed interviews. ESPN got Brett Hull up close and personal for an interview to appear on the cable sports network. Hull joked that the interview would include maybe five minutes of him talking about scoring 500 goals and about his father Bobby Hull, and 45 minutes talking about former coach Mike Keenan. …

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