How Youth Hockey Brought Joey Vitale Back

"At that moment my life turned around."

September 07, 2018 - 1:01 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The first time Joey Vitale stepped back on a sheet of ice, since calling his NHL career quits, was during his first practice as an assistant youth hockey coach. 

"At that moment my life turned around," Vitale recently told our Chris Hrabe on KMOX's Sports Open Line. 

Vitale, the newly named radio broadcaster for the St. Louis Blues, suffered a career-ending concussion from a fight with defenseman Kevan Miller in 2015. 

You can listen to the full conversation, between Hrabe and Vitale here.

Before a six-year NHL career, Vitale graduated from CBC with three state championships and won a national chamionship with the St. Louis Jr. Blues of the Central States Hockey League in 2004. He attended college at Northeastern University in Boston and played hockey all four years. 

He and his wife, Brianna, live in St. Louis with their three children. Since his hockey career has ended, Vitale has been coaching local youth hockey in the St. Louis area. 

Vitale grew up a die-hard Blues fan, who sometimes was among the pee-wee ice hockey players scrimmaging between periods at the old Kiel Center in St. Louis.