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Blues add Sergei Zubov to staff

Oct 26, 2012, 8:27 PM EDT

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The connections to the Dallas Stars’ Cup-winning era continue in the St. Louis Blues organization, as the team announced that Sergei Zubov was hired as a Consultant to Hockey Operations.

He’ll oversee the Blues’ European prospects, according to the team’s report.

Zubov was a long-time lynchpin of the Stars’ defense, including when Blues GM Doug Armstrong and head coach Ken Hitchcock guided Dallas to that 1999 championship. The underrated Russian played for the Stars from the 1996-97 season until 2008-09.

He’s the all-time points leader among Russian-born blueliners with 771, which also ranks him 19th overall in NHL history, so it’s likely that he’ll have some good pointers for up-and-coming players.

(Hopefully he’ll advise the Blues’ prospects not to follow his path of being a noted cigarette smoker, though.)

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