ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Think about the goals you set for youself when you were in eighth grade. They were probably a little far-fetched and chances are if you look back decades later you're not exactly what your teenage self thought you'd become. But not Amy Marxkors.
She's in her third year on KMOX as an analyst and weekly show host covering St. Louis Blues hockey. But Marxkors, 35, will take on a new broadcast role this Saturday, when the Blues return from the All-Star break and play the Columbus Blue Jackets. It will be her first time hosting the Blues pre and postgame shows on KMOX.
"I'll probably shed tears of excitement after the game, not before, and probably have a celebratory drink because the 14-year-old me is freaking out," Marxkors says.
That's what the show will mean to her personally, but there's another major significance to it.
When Marxkors welcomes Blues fans into the Feb. 2 pregame show at 5:30 p.m., she'll become the first woman to host the pre and postgame show broadcast of a major professional sports team in St. Louis. Never in the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, the football St. Louis Cardinals and Blues history has a women welcomed you into a broadcast or closed it out.
"I'm honored that it just happens to be me," Marxkors says. "And I know the critical mass of women announcers is still coming, but for me it's personally just a huge honor and being the first women is just an incredible bonus."
Marxkors is far-from new to covering hockey. She's actually been doing it since she was a teenager.
Growing up in St. Louis, she was homeschooled and her writing assignments were Blues newsletters. The 12-year-old, self-described "rink rat" was often at the team’s morning skates when they used to be held at a Chesterfield ice rink.
Sometimes she showed up wearing full hockey gear because she was just getting wrapped up with her own practice playing in a men's hockey league.
"I’d flag down the Blues players, Al MacInnis, Geoff Courtnall, Pavol Demitra, Tony Twist, Kelly Chase, Marc Bergevin, Pierre Turgeon, Jimmy Roberts, Joel Quenneville, and I’d interview them and write stories for school," Marxkors says.
Twenty-plus years later, Marxkors says MacInnis hugged her when seeing she had returned to her Blues coverage, but this time working for KMOX. Last season when the Montreal Canadians and their general manager, Bergevin, came to town to face the Blues, Marxkors flagged him down and addressed him as "Mr. Bergevin" lik she did all those years ago.
"And I think we had a 20-minute conversation at the Enterprise Center and we hugged it out," Marxkors says. "And a few others, like Al MacInnis always remembers, so it’s being able to talk to him and he’s obviously seen me grow up now."