Kevin Shattenkirk, defenseman for National Hockey League (NHL) team St. Louis Blues, will greet fans and sign autographs during a grand-opening event at Uncle Bob's Self Storage in St. Peters, Mo., on Oct. 26. The event at 3939 Mexico Road will include an Xbox video-hockey tournament, bubble-hockey tables and street-hockey nets fans can use with their own sticks and pucks. Papa John’s will provide pizza.
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage purchased seven properties in Saint Louis in May. Shattenkirk’s appearance will take place at one of these facilities, and the event will serve as a grand opening for the group.
“We thought we should have a little celebration, and it just made sense to invite Kevin and all the Blues fans here,” said Tom Dahlin, area manager for the Uncle Bob’s St. Louis locations.
Shattenkirk will pose for pictures with fans and sign attendee-provided memorabilia or free photos from 2:30 to 4:15 p.m. Each participant will be allowed one autographed item. The event is Shattenkirk’s first solo autograph session, according to an Uncle Bob’s press release.
During the event, 16 people will have the opportunity to play in a single-elimination video-hockey tournament on Xbox. The winner will face Shattenkirk in a one-on-one game at 4:15 p.m. Fans can register for the tournament beginning at 2:30 p.m., and participants will be determined by a random drawing. All gaming equipment will be provided by the GameTime Entertainment Mobile Entertainment truck.
“St. Louis has always treated the team well, and I can’t wait to meet some Blues fans,” Shattenkirk said. “I’m telling the tournament winner now: Be ready. I’m coming to play!”
Shattenkirk, now in his fifth NHL year, finished 13th in the league for defensive scoring last season. This year he represented the United States as part of the men’s hockey team at the XXII Olympic Winter Games.
Uncle Bob’s Self Storage is owned by Sovran Self Storage Inc., a real estate investment trust that acquires and manages self-storage facilities. The company operates more than 500 facilities in 25 states, including 15 in St. Louis.