The St. Louis Blues have scheduled a special playoff switch-flipping ceremony for Wednesday under the St. Louis Arch at 12 p.m. CT. Featuring a giant novelty switch that will be pushed from OFF to ON by every member of the team, the event is designed to build community support as the team attempts to suddenly be good at hockey again for the postseason.
“We haven’t played good hockey for a month,” said team captain David Backes. “But sometimes a veteran team like ours is so focused on the playoffs that we let things slip a little bit in the regular season. But now it’s time to switch that postseason switch.”
Not long ago the Blues had the best record in the NHL and the inside track on the No. 1 overall seed. But after falling apart down the stretch, including losing their final six games of the season, the team didn’t even win its division and now must play the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in the first round.
“All of that sounds bad, sure,” said head coach Ken Hitchcock. “But who will be thinking of any of that after Nelly performs the national anthem before today’s switch-flipping? And then after that, we’ll hear a poem by Maya Angelou about flipping a switch. Our guys will be ready to go.”
St. Louis mayor Francis Slay will also participate in the flipping of the 10-foot switch, which is sponsored by Anheuser-Busch.
“This is a tight-knit city and we plan to rally around our Blues even though they are struggling,” he said. “The sense of community at an event like this will be remembered long after the Blues are knocked out of the playoffs.”
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