For nearly a decade Blues fans have been asking, “Why isn’t Bernie Federko in the Hall of Fame?” It was a legitimate question. Federko, who spent 13 of his 14 NHL seasons in St. Louis, was the first player to record 50 or more assists in 10 consecutive seasons. He was the 22nd player to reach the 1,000 point plateau. Federko is the Blues all time leader in points (1,073), assists (721), and games played (927). In 1991 the Blues retired his #24 sweater. “Why, why, why?”
On June 19th, Blues fans stopped asking the question. Federko, along fellow former All-Stars Rod Langway and Clark Gillies and coach Roger Neilson were elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame . Eight other Blues have been inducted, but Federko is the only one who started his career in St. Louis. He would have finished there as well, but Federko was traded to Detroit in 1989. calling it the move one of his greatest disappointments. His NHL career spanned from the ’76-’77 season through the ’89-’90 campaign. Bernie Federko is now the Blues color commentator on television. Federko may not have had the opportunity to finish his playing career in St. Louis, but he’s spending his “retirement” watching the team as close as anyone. True Blue, indeed.