The St. Louis Blues Stanley Cup win had a distinct Barrie Colts touch to it.
Three former members of the OHL club played various roles in helping the Blues capture the franchise’s first NHL championship title.
Former Colts defenceman Alex Pietrangelo, the Blues captain, was a major force on the blue line throughout their Cup run and scored a key early goal in St. Louis’ 4-1 title-clinching Game 7 win in Boston.
Former Colts captain Daniel Tkaczuk, the first OHL draft pick in franchise history, is a skills coach with the Blues, while former defenceman Jeff McKercher is a member of the St. Louis scouting staff.
“Doesn’t get much better than this,” McKercher tweeted along with a picture of him, his wife, and their son and daughter holding the Stanley Cup inside the Enterprise Center in St. Louis after the club’s Stanley Cup parade on June 15th.
Pietrangelo, who was a fourth overall pick of St. Louis in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, was acquired by the Colts in a blockbluster trade at the OHL trade deadline in January 2010. The talented defenceman would record nine goals and 20 assists for 29 points in 25 games in leading Barrie to a first place finish overall and a berth in the OHL finals.
Tkaczuk, a sixth overall pick of the Calgary Flames in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, was first a member of the Blues organization when they acquired him in a 2001 trade from Calgary. The centre would play 75 games with the Worcester IceCats, the Blues’ AHL farm team.
Tkaczuk, who lives in Barrie, spent four seasons with the Colts after the expansion team selected him with its first overall pick in the 1995 OHL Priority Selection. The playmaker would rack up 145 goals and 189 assists for 334 points in 238 OHL games.
McKercher, who was a fourth-round pick of the Colts in the 1996 OHL Priority Selection, spent the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons with Barrie before being traded to the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. He was a seventh-round pick of the Dallas Stars in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
It’s the first Stanley Cup title for all three former Colts.