Blues Broadcaster Calls Stanley Cup Final 49 Years After Father

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BOSTON - It was a historic moment in the KMOX broadcast booth for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, as the son of a legendary St. Louis Blues broadcaster got to call a championship game just like his father. 

John Kelly, the TV voice of the Blues on Fox Sports Midwest, was asked by the radio voice of the Blues, Chris Kerber, to join the KMOX broadcast team and call the second period of every game in the Stanley Cup Final. Kelly is the son of Dan Kelly who called 16 Stanley Cup Finals, including in 1969 and 1970 the last time the Blues made it to the final round.

With NBC having the exclusive TV rights to the Stanley Cup Final, John Kelly would not have had the opportunity to follow in his father's footsteps if not for the offer by Kerber and the KMOX broadcast team. 

You can hear the introduction Kerber gave to Kelly and a few of his highlights in the video above. 

In three decades calling hockey games John Kelly has never been at the helm for a Stanley Cup Final, but Kerber approached him about the opportunity after the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in the Western Conference Final.