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Blues sale done; Davidson named president

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Associated Press
6/30/2006 6:50:44 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The sale of the St. Louis Blues to a group led by Dave Checketts was completed Friday, and the new owners immediately named top NHL broadcaster John Davidson as team president.

Checketts, the former head of the New York Knicks and Madison Square Garden, reached a deal to buy the team on March 24 and had the sale approved by the NHL board of governors last week.

The sale transfers ownership of the Blues - the league's worst team this season - and the Savvis Center from Bill and Nancy Laurie to Checketts and his Sports Capital Partners and Towerbrook Capital Partners.

Davidson became the league's premier colour analyst after an 11-year NHL career as a goalie with the Blues and New York Rangers.

He joined MSG Network fulltime in 1986, three years after his retirement as a player, to work Rangers games following a brief departure to Canada. He has worked alongside partner Sam Rosen ever since.

Davidson expanded his work to network television in the United States, working five Olympics on CBS and NBC. He was also the lead hockey analyst as the NHL's network package shifted between ABC, FOX and NBC.

He was also a part of coverage on ESPN and on Hockey Night in Canada telecasts on CBC.

The Ottawa native was chosen by St. Louis in the first round of the 1973 draft and was traded to the Rangers after two seasons with the Blues.

Checketts represented the team last weekend at the NHL draft when the Blues chose American defenceman Erik Johnson with the first overall pick.

With Checketts in charge in New York, the Knicks reached the NBA final in 1994 and 1999. Now he will try to fix the Blues, who fell from the top 10 in the league in attendance to the bottom five during their dismal season - the first following the NHL lockout.

The Blues finished last in the NHL this past season, ending a run of 25 consecutive playoff appearances. The Lauries drastically slashed payroll in order to facilitate a sale.

They announced plans to sell the Blues 10 months before reaching the deal with Checketts, claiming they lost millions of dollars since buying the club in 1999.
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YEA!!! Show us the Blues are still champions!! Give us the cup. We want the cup!
swhite1975 said:
YEA!!! Show us the Blues are still champions!! Give us the cup. We want the cup!
Don't we all!!! :laugh: But that's easier said then done!!! :laugh:
panoo2004 said:
Don't we all!!! :laugh: But that's easier said then done!!! :laugh:
LOL! So true.:laugh:

It looks like the Blues are trying to gain some respect back again, and they've done a good job of it too.

And then there's JD. :thumbsup:
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