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Associated Press
2/4/2007 4:41:07 PM

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (AP) - Robert L. Wolfson, who helped bring the NHL to St. Louis and was a part-owner during the Blues' early success in the late 1960s, has died. He was 88.

Wolfson, who lived in the St. Louis suburb of Clayton, died Friday at a hospital, Rindskopf Roth Funeral Chapel said Sunday.

Wolfson, Sidney Salomon Jr. and Sid Salomon III obtained an NHL franchise for the city in 1966. The Blues reached the Stanley Cup final their first three seasons (1968-70) but have never won the title.

"It was the place to be on a Saturday night," Bob Plager, who played on the first Blues team and is now involved in the team's community relations and radio operations, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Wolfson and the other owners often invited the players to their homes after games, said Plager, who remembered Wolfson as "a good friend to everyone who played in those early days of hockey in St. Louis."

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