Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Del Zotto's Blues Debut Salvages Family Reunion

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Notebook: Del Zotto's Blues Debut Salvages Family Reunion

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. - When Michael Del Zotto was traded to Anaheim from Vancouver in mid-January, his parents planned a March vacation to Southern California to visit their son and watch him play for the Ducks.

Alas, the veteran defenseman was traded again on Feb. 25, to the Blues.

"It was too late for them to cancel their vacation, and Toronto's cold this time of year," Del Zotto said. "So they went out there to enjoy some sun."

But the NHL schedule-makers smiled on the Del Zottos. St. Louis played the Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center, and Mom and Dad were on hand, still on vacation, to watch their son make his Blues debut.

"They put their years in at work, so they're enjoying retirement right now," Del Zotto said. "So they're traveling, enjoying life, enjoying the sunshine here. It's a little cold back home in Toronto, so I can't blame them."

Del Zotto's parents have been vacationing in nearby Palm Desert, but they had dinner with their son and Blues teammate Alex Pietrangelo on Tuesday night, then attended Wednesday's game.

"So it was nice to catch up with them," Del Zotto said. "It's been awhile since I've seen them, and obviously since they've seen Petro."

Pietrangelo has known Del Zotto since their youth hockey days in Toronto; they played on a summer team together. Appropriately enough, the team was called the Toronto Blues.

"But the craziest part was our dads coached," Pietrangelo said, laughing. "They had no idea what they were doing. They still don't know what they're talking about."

But with a roster that included Pietrangelo, Del Zotto, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos and Toronto's John Tavares as 10-year-olds, even the dads couldn't mess that up.

"I think we lost one game," Pietrangelo said. "We might have been like 49-1 or something like that. We had a good stretch."

With all that future NHL talent on the roster, how did they lose that one game? …

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