St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame

 

 

 

 

 

Bio

Scott Rupp started hockey at six - thanks to his uncle Eddie Olson (HOF 2008) - and hasn't stopped yet. His hockey story runs from youth hockey through college hockey to competitive roller hockey. He played for Florissant. He played for the Rainbow Rockets under Coach Bud Stege (HOF2008) and he played for Delta. 

Then on to the inaugural St. Louis Junior Blues team with General Manager Frank Ferrara (HOF 2009) where he spent three years, and wrapped up a nine-year consecutive run with his left winger Mike Thornton. 

Outside of St. Louis, Rupp played with the United States Hockey League's Des Moines Buccaneers in 1981 and was 8th that year in league points for scoring. He was selected to the All Star team, and represented the United States in Leysin, Switzerland at the Coupe Beard Tournament. Soon after, he called the hockey hotbed of Flagstaff, Arizona, his home.  Rupp played all three of his eligible years at Northern Arizona University, where he earned 106 points on 52 goals and 54 assists. 

An invitation to join the St. Louis Blues camp brought Rupp back to his hometown in 1985, yet a heart murmur kept him out of the competitive set for a shot in the pros.

Not to be slowed down, Rupp turned to roller hockey, a sport he'd played since 1993. Back home in St. Louis, the St. Louis Vipers roller hockey team formed in 1993 with Rupp on their inaugural roster along with Danny Pupillo (HOF 2010) and Perry Turnbull.  They played for Bernie Federko and Ron Beilsten (HOF 2014). In Rupp's only season with the Vipers he led the team in scoring with 15 goals and 29 assists. 

A key memory of his from that time is learning from Ron Beilsten that a player should never celebrate a goal - that is doing what is expected of you.  Mike Kues, Danny Herr and Mark Daniels did not allow celebrating.
 
Continuing a high level of competitive play in roller hockey, Rupp played for Team USA in the 1996 World Roller Hockey Championship in Italy where the US beat France 7-2. 

Hockey moved to a recreational pastime at this point and it was in 2007 that Rupp and John Ferrara had a wild idea and asked Bruce Affleck (HOF 2012) if he would help them put together the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame. 

In its seventh year, the St. Louis Amateur Hockey Hall of Fame is the one thing Scott Rupp is most proud of because of how many people it has touched.  Mr. Rupp continues to play hockey with the Blues Alumni, including Bruce Affleck, and the Tigers in the Vegas Showcase of Has-Beens.