After attending his very first St. Louis Blues game in 1972, Mark Staub was hooked! After the game, he urged his dad to drive him straight to the nearest rink, and though Affton was still in its crude beginnings -- no roof, no walls, no plexi, only a chain link fence to protect the meager crowd -- he knew this was the game for him, and WHERE he wanted to play!
The very next year, while playing forward for Kozeny-Wagner, Mark got a taste of what hockey was going to be all about. After a random check into the boards broke his collarbone, he decided then, goaltending was his path forward.
For the next 11 years, Affton was Mark's home...and the Affton American crest was a veritable symbol of honor. Mark quickly learned that no one was above team, stats were something to consider POST-season only, and WINNING was requisite. He wore the red, white, and blue proudly, and those life lessons would stay with him always.
After playing nine years of "travel" hockey for the Affton Americans, Mark played two more years with Affton in the Metro Jr. B Hockey League, and won the Top Goal Attending Award in 1983-84. He became a four year starter for CBC High School, winning a state championship in 1983, and was selected for the Senior All-Star Game in 1984. Furthering his hockey career, Mark made the jump to a Division III college in Winona, Minnesota. At St. Mary's College, he was a four year starter, became the school's "career wins" leader, finished second in "career saves," and to this day holds the school record for most wins in a single season. In addition, he became a two-time All Conference selection, won St. Mary's only conference title during his senior year, and was named Team MVP and a Division III All American. His many accomplishments culminated in 1988 with a tryout with the St. Louis Blues, the very team that propelled him to pick up a stick.
Forty years later, Mark Staub still calls Affton Ice Rink his home. He's been married to his wife Krista for 19 years and the couple has two children, Brendan and Madison. Mark has been employed by Southside Machine Works since 1989 and credits his father, Dave, for much of his success, both on ice and off. He even had the pleasure of watching his father's induction into the Affton Hall of Fame in 2009.
Though his playing days are behind him, Mark continues to follow his passion. From 1989-1995, he was the goalie coach for the St. Louis Jr. Blues. In 2008, he returned to the team and helped lead the squad to a 2010 Tier III Jr. A National Championship. As a devoted hockey coach, the life lessons he learned as a youth are now proudly passed on to the next generation player.