The St. Louis Blues kicked off their training camp Sunday morning with a practice that was free to the public.
Even though the team has a shortened season, plenty of fans are happy a lengthy labor standoff between players and owners has been put to rest.
Paul Fries was one of more than 6,000 people who finally got to see their team take the ice, though he thought the months-long staring contest between players and owners would derail the National Hockey League this year.
“I was really thinking there probably wouldn’t be a season,” Fries said.
A former college hockey player who says he's been a Blues fan since moving to St. Louis 20 years ago is the new lead owner of the franchise.
The St. Louis Blues officially unveiled Tom Stillman, the chairman and CEO of Summit Distributors, on Thursday. The National Hockey League approved the sale on Tuesday, and the deal closed on Wednesday.