Maroon Predicts Another 'Special Year' With Reloaded Blues Lineup

Pat Maroon decided to come home to not only be closer to his family, but also to play with the stellar group of players that Doug Armstrong was also bringing to St. Louis.

July 11, 2018 - 11:31 am
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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -  Since he was a young kid watching the St. Louis Blues from the upper bowl of the then Scottrade Center, Patrick Maroon was dreaming of this. 

The new Blues forward was at the newly named Enterprise Center, for the first time as a member of his hometown team. 

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Our Alex Ferrario spoke one-on-one with Maroon and asked the “pride of Oakville” what that first home game will feel like.

“That's going to give me the chills, that’s probably going to be emotional,” “Just going to look around like a little kid again and say ‘Wow, this is really happening. This is true.’”

You can watch the full interview at the top of this page, but here is a transcript of part of their conversation: 

Ferrario: Did you notice the moves that the Blues were making in the off season, making the trade for Ryan O'Reilly and signing David Perron and Tyler Bozak?

Maroon: Yeah, absolutely. It's always in the media and it's always back and forth and your watching Twitter and obviously when they got O'Reilly, that was pretty cool. I mean, it kind of made my decision. And with Bozak, you add (Brayden) Schenn, those are three elite, top centermen in the league. So it's going to be an exciting year and Blues fans should be excited for what they have coming in this season.

Ferrario: After back-to-back seasons of 40-plus points in, how do you feel like you game has grown? 

Maroon: I've been working at it the last two years and I've been in the best shape my life for the last two years. My game is only going to get better from here on out and I feel like I have more to prove this year. This year is going to be a special year for me because I'm going out there to prove a lot of teams wrong and that they missed out on the opportunity to come get me. And I'm glad Doug Armstrong (Blues president of hockey operations) took a chance on me because I'm going to make him proud.