When the St. Louis Blues hockey team prepared to celebrate its 50th anniversary as a franchise, the only place to go was back to the start.
And that meant Durangoan Carol Salomon, whose family founded the franchise in 1966, found herself at center ice dropping the first puck – and interviewed by Fox News – at Saturday’s game pitting the Blues against the New York Rangers. Accompanied by her children, Salomon – who’s known as a jewelry designer and supporter of the arts in Durango – did the honors at a game the team fittingly won, 3-2. Her former father-in-law and husband, Sid Salomon Jr. and Sid Salomon III, founded the team, and Salomon said it was a big part of her life during the years the family owned the team from 1966-1977.
While the team went to the Stanley Cup finals in each of its first three years, it is the oldest NHL team never to have brought home the trophy.