Just over a week ago, Jr. Blues goaltender coach Mark Staub sent an e-mail to the staff. Mark, his wife Krista, and the board of the foundation formed to support their son Brendan, were inviting the Jr. Blues staff, players, and families to a celebration. The celebration was to thank the organization, players, and families for their support of Brendan's Buddies. What Mark and Krista didn't know was that General Manager Chris Flaugher and Brendan's Buddies Board Member Ray Cordes had consipired to assemble family, friends and colleagues to Joey B's to announce that Mark had been elected to be inducted into the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame.
Mark was a stand-out goaltender at Christian Brothers College High School in the early and mid-1980's. He backstopped the, then Icemen, to 2 state championship appearances losing to Kirkwood in 1982 but winning in 1983. Staub also played for the old Affton Americans Jr. B team, the team that merged with the Jr. Blues to form the current team. Staub then moved on the St. Mary's University in Winona, MN where he played four years. By the time he graduated, Staub held the school record in Most Career Wins and Most Wins in a Season and was second in Saves. After graduation, he received a free-agent tryout with the NHL's St. Louis Blues and was assigned to their minor league affiliate before retiring from competitive hockey. Staub has also worked as a goalie coach for CBC and the Jr. Blues.
Staub will be inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony on August 24, 2013.