Blues' metro-east PA announcer works 1,200th straight game

News-DemocratJanuary 14, 2014 

Longtime St. Louis Blues public announcer Tom Calhoun from rural Millstadt worked his 1,200th straight game Tuesday when the Blues played Phoenix at Scottrade Center.

Calhoun's streak, believed to be among the longest in professional sports, dates back to Jan. 3, 1987 against Calgary at the old St. Louis Arena.

"That was the first game I ever did," said the 63-year-old Calhoun, who has never missed a game since being employed by the Blues. "Ever since I've started I've done every game they've played at home -- and two in Sweden."

Besides enjoying what he does, Calhoun has been able to work through illnesses, bad weather and road conditions and other calamities to make it to the rink on time.

"It's just showing up for work, really," said Calhoun, who grew up in Belleville. "I've never had a feeling where I felt it was OK to take a night off. If I'm not deathly ill, I'm going to show up and it's been like that all along.

"Where I get to sit and where I watch the games, it's a pretty sweet deal. It's not too tough to show up."

Calhoun's seat is right by the ice near the penalty box.

The small town of Millstadt also produced the St. Louis Rams public address announcer, KTVI Channel 2 anchor and reporter Andy Banker.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or on Twitter @NormSanders

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