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Blues-Blackhawks in Winter Classic added after Rams left

Before the Rams left town in January, the St. Louis Blues were already in line to get an outdoor NHL stadium series game — just not the Winter Classic.

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

"It's something that St. Louis could use right about now," Stillman said. "They're all great, but this is the big one."

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

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