St. Louis Blues center Robert Thomas

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Thomas Learns Quirks of Living in Tkachuk Household

This week Blues Insider features Robert Thomas' new living arrangements, Fabbri's puppy and more.

October 19, 2018 - 12:56 pm

Each week our St. Louis Blues Insider Amy Marxkors brings fans inside the locker room with reports of the players' on and off-the-ice activities:

Thomas living, laughing with Blues Legend 'Big Walt'

Since training camp began in St. Louis, Blues 19-year-old center Robert Thomas has been living in Keith Tkachuk's home. The former Blues defenseman has a lot of room to spare, as both his sons are now in the NHL (Matthew with New Jersey and Brady with Ottawa). 

Thomas already knows to stay out of Tkachuk's favorite chair when they watch other games around the NHL.

"It's hilarious, he cares so much, he gets so intense during the games it's funny," Thomas says. "If Matthew keeps falling down or something he'll get a good laugh and chirp him. It's a lot of fun and especially a guy like that, he sees so many little things that most people don't catch and for him to be able to just point them out to you and teach you a few tips, it really goes a long way."

Thomas says he has also learned that Tkachuk likes to give Canadians a hard time for the way they say some words like "pro-cess." So Thomas says he'll go out of his way to make sure a thick accent comes out, just so give his landlord a good laugh. 

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Fabbri's furry best friend, 'Hugo'

If you follow forward Robby Fabbri on Instagram, then you've probably seen a few pics of his Blue French Bulldog named Hugo.

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Fabbri says he got Hugo when he was just 4-months-old, he was the runt of the litter. Although he says he wasn't a big fan of dogs growing up, his girlfriend helped him find a new love. 

"They're so funny, they've got so much energy and their personality is great," Fabbri says. "I just fell in love with him instantly."

The Steen's join the Hull's and Howe's in Rare Class 

Alexander Steen played his 900th NHL game earlier this season to put his family's name into an elite group of father-son NHL duos. 

He and his father, Thomas Steen, joined Bobby and Brett Hull, and Gordie and Mark Howe as the only father-son duo to play in 900 or more games each. 

"It's a special thing obviously, a special bond between the two of us," Steen says. "And anytime you have your name together with names like that, it's obviously very special."

Drafted by Toronto in 2002, he was then playing against some of the guys who played with and against his dad.