Federko left mark with Blues
Tue, Sep 9th 2008, 00:00
Bernie Federko came to the St. Louis Blues with high expectation when he was taken as the No. 7 overall choice by the organization in the 1976 NHL Amateur Draft.
Federko didn't disappoint the Blues. The center spent 13 magical seasons in St. Louis, setting club records for games played (927), assists (721), and points (1,073). His No. 24 sweater was retired by the Blues on March 16, 1991.
Federko received the ultimate honor when he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.
Federko scored 100 points or more in a season four times, including a career-best 107-point total in 1983-84.
"Sitting back and thinking about my career, I had a lot of great memories," Federko said. "I think the run we made that run in 1986 (with the Blues) was very special. We were a team on roll and we had that Monday Night Miracle game against Calgary in the conference final that we won (6-5 OT) that I will never forget. We were a team that had a lot of fun and the guys played up to their potential."
"Then when I was selected into the (Hockey) Hall of Fame, that was a surreal experience. I was on the golf course and I got the call (from the hockey hall of fame) and I thought that they needed me to do something for them on Fox Sports Midwest. Then, when they told me I had been selected into the hall of fame, it was one of the most exciting times in my life. I couldn't believe it."
Federko stays close to the NHL scene as he's a TV color analyst for St. Louis Blues games and he also works for Fox Sports Midwest .
"As a kid I dream about playing in the NHL and I look back and remember playing my first game," Federko said. "But, I could've never imagined that I would make in to the hall of fame."