For the fifth consecutive year, STLSportsPage.com is spending the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve counting down the top seven stories of the year in St. Louis sports. The number one story will be revealed on Dec. 31.

Coming in fifth on the list was the departure of a longtime star in St. Louis, Blues captain David Backes, who signed a five-year contract with the Boston Bruins after becoming a free agent on July 1.

Backes had spent 10 years with the Blues. He ranks fifth all-time in games played in franchise history with 727 and is sixth in both goals, 206, and points, 460. He also was a central part of the team's leadership

Here is the link to the story we ran that day:

http://www.stlsportspage.com/BLUESNHL/tabid/93/entryid/4928/david-backes-signs-with-boston-troy-brouwer-goes-to-calgary.aspx


On Wednesday we will reveal the story which ranked fourth on our list of the top sports stories of the year in St. Louis sports.

Here are the other stories in the top seven which already have been revealed:

Number 6 – The fallout from Cardinals’ hacking of Astros computer database

The story occupied our attention for much of the year. Former Cardinals’ scouting director Chris Correa pled guilty to hacking the computer database of the Houston Astros.

Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access to protected computer information on Jan. 8, was sentenced on July 18 to 46 months in prison and began serving that sentence on Aug. 31 at a federal facility in Cumberland, Md.

As the year ends the Cardinals are still waiting for major league baseball to decide on what penalties will be imposed against the organization for the crime.

Here are the links to the stories we ran about Correa this year:

http://www.stlsportspage.com/CARDSBASEBALL/tabid/91/entryid/3456/former-cardinals-scouting-director-pleads-guilty-to-hacking-charges.aspx

http://www.stlsportspage.com/CARDSBASEBALL/tabid/91/entryid/4975/former-cards-scouting-director-correa-gets-46-month-sentence.aspx


http://www.stlsportspage.com/CARDSBASEBALL/tabid/91/entryid/11096/-chris-correa-begins-serving-46-month-federal-prison-sentence.aspx


Number 7 – Cardinals sign free agent Dexter Fowler


The Cardinals took a major plunge into the free agent pool on Dec. 9, signing Fowler away from the Chicago Cubs with a five-year contract worth 82.5 million.

Here is the link to the column we ran on that day:

https://www.stlsportspage.com/CARDSBASEBALL/tabid/91/entryid/11286/ten-takeaways-from-the-cardinals-signing-of-dexter-fowler.aspx