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Love for Lokomotiv
Unique Memory Bracelets are Available at the True Blues Authentic Team Store

Wives and girlfriends of Blues players joined ladies around the NHL in support of a special fundraising effort to help the families of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team that were affected by the tragic plane crash that took place on September 7 in Russia. Specially designed silicone memory bracelets were sold by player wives and girlfriends from every NHL team this season. Kodette LaBarbera, wife of Coyotes goaltender Jason LaBarbera, and Katerina Jokinen, wife of Calgary Flames center Olli Jokinen, are heading up the initiative.

Former Blues Pavol Demitra and Igor Korolev were among the players who died in the crash.

Blues wives and girlfriends sold bracelets for $10 each at the October 8 home opener against Nashville. The bracelets included No. 38 on each in honor of Demitra and Korolev. Proceeds from the bracelets will go to the families of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team.

Wives and girlfriends of Blues players and alumni raised more than $33,000 through braclet sales on Opening Night.

Bracelets are currently available in the True Blues Authentic Team Store.

Kelly Backes, wife of Blues captain David Backes, lead the Blues initiative.

"Seeing everyone join together after such a tragic event has really shown how close our St. Louis Blues club is," said Kelly Backes. "We want to unite as one hockey family to show our love and support, from the players and wives to the fans and community, to show that we have not forgotten about those who were lost.”

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