Before Rams left, Blues were in line for lesser outdoor game

ST. LOUIS (AP) Before the Rams left town in January, the St. Louis Blues were in line to get an outdoor NHL stadium series game - but not the big one.

Team Chairman Tom Stillman credits the NHL for recognizing the city sorely needed a shot in the arm and scheduling the Blues against the Chicago Blackhawks for the Winter Classic on Jan. 2.

Commissioner Gary Bettman, executives from both teams and former players attended a news conference at home plate at Busch Stadium in the first public forum since the announcement.

This will be the first experience of outdoor hockey for the city.