It seems it was kismet that Alex Pietrangelo became a St. Louis Blue.
When the defenseman was about 10 years old, he played on a summer-league team in Ontario called the Toronto Blues. Looking back, you could have called it an all-star team, because the roster also included Steven Stamkos and John Tavares.
The stacked club compiled a record of 49-0-1, with the lone blemish coming in a shootout loss against a team from Edmonton, which got the game-winning goal from another familiar name, Jordan Eberle.
They all launched successful NHL careers, several of them even starring in the league. Looking back, Pietrangelo has found it hard to believe the coincidence in him becoming the 2008 fourth overall pick of the NHL’s Blues. “We were the Toronto Blues,” Pietrangelo wrote in The Players’ Trib...
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