Blues honor players with ‘Weenie of the Game,’ goofy hot dog hat
In Chicago, they have the championship belt. In Washington, they have the hard hat. In New York, they have the Broadway Hat.
As the St. Louis Blues have surged up the Western Conference standings since November, the team has recently decided to give out its own postgame award to the player who stands out in each of its wins.
Here's captain David "Inglourious" Backes showing off the hat as the Blues' latest "Weenie of the Game":
What ... a … hat.
After the Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night, Backes gave a few details about the creative player of the game award to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch:
"Other guys are supposed to be doing their interviews in it when they win it. The heart and soul guys, instead of wearing hard hats, they wanted weenie of the game, so this is what we go with.
"We've been doing it for maybe six, seven, eight games here ... apparently the weenie of the game for them stops at the buzzer. But I'm going to relish this for the rest of the night."
B.J. Crombeen revealed on Saturday that the hat was ordered online by Matt D'Agostini, but the details of why a weiner was chosen remain shrouded in mystery.
With a win Monday night, St. Louis could find itself No. 1 overall in the NHL, not bad for a team that's had to play ketchup in the Western Conference since early November.
Unless they can't cut the mustard, a thought the Red Wings probably relish.
Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy