Blues notebook: Game as EBUG a dream come true for Konin


St. Louis Blues emergency goaltender Kyle Konin warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021, in Tampa, Fla. Konin was called into service when goaltender Jordan Binnington was diagnosed with coronavirus. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Chris O’Meara

Tom Timmermann

SUNRISE, Fla. — Kyle Konin stood toward the back of the line at Amalie Arena on Thursday night, trying to keep a low profile as the Blues prepared to go on the ice for pregame warmups. “Trying to stay out of the way,” he said.

But toward the front, Ryan O’Reilly and Vladimir Tarasenko were motioning him forward. When he got to the front, they told him he needed to take the traditional solo lap around the ice that rookies get to make before their first NHL game.

“I played off it a little bit,” he said Friday. “I thought they were joking. But they kept saying it, and I thought, ‘OK, that would be kind of cool.’ ”

So out on the ice went Konin, a 23-year-old goalie and mask designer from St. Petersburg, Fla., who, because of the complex roster mechanics of the modern NHL, was the Blues’ emergency backup goalie for the night.

“It’s cliché to say,” he said, “it’s what you dream about as a kid. I got to live out a dream last night.

“I wasn’t really too emotional (on the lap). I had too much adrenaline in me.…

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