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Hochman: St. Louis, your blues won the Stanley Cup for you. Soak up | Benjamin Hochman





I 'm like a fantasy land down here on the ice – a dizzying, delirious and delightful feeling when you by the whirring and woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo There is the goalkeeper Jordan Binnington, an icon in St. Louis, prompting his father to get the Stanley Cup. There is coach Craig Berube with this great grin. There is the inspiring Laila Anderson, the 1

1-year-old blues fan who fights against a rare disease and poses with the blues players who have requested selfies with her. And there's Patrick Maroon, Everyman Superman, the St. Louis boy who turned blue and helped his hometown win the Stanley Cup for the first time ever.

Game 7th Wednesday evening. Blues 4, Bruins 1.

"We did it!" Maroon said as tears filled his eyes and his voice broke. "We made it, otherwise there's nothing, we've got everything on line since January 3rd, and we deserve it, and what a way to finish it, on the road we're playing great. … I and my son will bring this to our graves, we'll have memories for life. "

The St. Louis Blues 2018-19 is the greatest story in the history of St. Louis sports If the cardinals of 2011 were legendary, think of those blues that score the last in the league on January 3. And look over there – the Pietrangelo family hoists the Stanley Cup as the cameras flash and their eyes sparkle here in Boston's TD Garden on the glass and you can only imagine what's going on in the bars and living rooms of St. Louis and where the fans are screaming and dreaming.

"I can not even understand what this will be for these fans in the next few days so s one, "Maroon said. "These fans deserve more than anything else."

All this has something intimate. This should not lead to Boston or other hubs that win a championship, go astray. From the outside it just looks very big, swinging, in mass production (or in this state "mass production"). We're St. Louis and so often fight to be known and respected, but in this case of the Stanley Cup final, it feels even more like a shared experience as a "smaller city".

"It's certainly a nice end to a story – it had to be that way, man," said Binnington, the fourth string goalkeeper who became a starter and now a star. "I can not believe where we are, it's great."

Binningtons friend, the Canadian actress Cristine Prosperi, was asked if he could remember what it means for the people of St. Louis. Of course, Jordan is not very open to reporters.

"Yeah, we keep talking about how important this is for the city and how he does not want to abandon the city." Prosperi. "That he just wants to make her proud. The community was so great – they supported it and we are happy to bring back the trophy for them. …

"I mean, it's crazy, to say it on the scale we had in San Antonio earlier this year, and now we're in the Stanley Cup final and we've won the Stanley Cup I'm just so proud of him, he's been working on it all his life, he was dreaming of that. "

Bobby Plager, the septuagenarian former defender, is a blues life, the blues talked about winning this for him – and for all alumni who bled red on their blue sweaters but never won anything.

"It's unreal, it's unbelievable," Plager said of the ice. "Bobby Plager did not win, there are a lot of people, who won it, and they won it for me.

"You called me to get the Stanley Cup, it has not gotten in yet, it's unreal for the players, our fans in St. Louis – we're coming home for a parade, it's a bit harder than I thought, you know, I have two bad shoulders, I need help to lift them, just to hold them over my head and kiss them a bit, you're dreaming of this. Never as a player, but that's just as good. "

For Phil Maroon, Patrick's father, he also felt the fantasy land.

"Never in a million years," he said, trying to understand what just happened. "I remember all the days in the basement They had the cup down there, they would play for the Stanley Cup, and now – that's real, and I can not believe that.

"The fans of St. Louis, I'm so happy for them … From the beginning he was a season ticket holder from 1967 until the day he died in 2004 I remember that I did all these games with my boys. My dad had two tickets, and I bought two limited-entry tickets for $ 10, put me in his seats, put two boys in one seat, and put Patrick in my lap on the other. To see that now? Incredible. And all the near misses in the past. And now we are here.

The St. Louis Blues are Stanley Cup champions. It stinks that we now have to return to the real world. This was a kind of magical holiday for blues fans, in new territory. This run has introduced us to new heroes, others established as St. Louis Stalwarts. It puts Berube into the rare atmosphere of coaches and managers in St. Louis in just half a season. Along the way we met Laila and Gloria and showed the sports world how much St. Louis cares about his ice hockey team.


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