Mayers_Jamal-crop-500pxAs the longest tenured member of the St. Louis Blues, Jamal knows that success in hockey takes not only scoring but sacrifice – in the corners, on the boards and, sometimes, in the penalty box. But Jamal also knows another kind of sacrifice. The kind displayed by his brother Allan, who gave up hockey so that Jamal could keep playing when equipment costs grew too much for their family to afford. He also knows about the sacrifices his mother Doreen made as a single parent to allow him to play hockey and Allan to run track. And because he knows how much sacrifice it took to propel him to the NHL, Jamal has made giving back his off-ice priority. With defenseman Bryce Salvador, Jamal formed Jam ‘n Sal’s Community Stars, an initiative rewarding area students who perform an uncommon act of kindness or good deed with Blues tickets and an invitation to a skating party with the two players. During the NHL lockout of 2004-05, Jamal formed the Hockey Academy of St. Louis with Salvador and teammate Barrett Jackman. The Academy offers instruction and training for hockey players of mayers7695_520pxvarious ages and skills. Recently re-signed by the Blues, Jamal continues to work hard to ensure that St. Louis youth have the resources needed to reach the highest levels of achievement – both on and off the ice – with the hope that their only necessary sacrifice will be that of personal commitment.