The St. Louis Blues Are Champs After 51-Year Drought

Malik Jackson
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The St. Louis Blues are on the top of the National Hockey League after winning their first Stanley Cup. The Blues, after going through multiple disappointments in previous postseasons, finally broke-through.

Lead by the fast and physical style of play which was based upon the Blues’ identity resulted in success. Jordan Binnington, Calder trophy nominee, added remarkable saves and momentum to bolster the teams confidence. Here’s a congratulations to the St. Louis Blues’ on their historic journey.

The Stanley Cup Final between the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins broke the threshold for most views on television with nine million people watching. It didn’t disappoint with the series going all the way to seven games. The Blues remained solid with an all-around attack on the Bruins in game seven which resulted in the win.

A great moment after the win was Colton Parayko and Laila Anderson. Laila Anderson, 11, who has a rare-life threatening blood disorder was wanted by the Blues to be at game seven for their motivation.

The Blues visited Laila in the hospital during the winter time while being the worst in the league and going into the playoffs used her as their drive.

“This is just the ending of the best story that will ever be written in history,” Laila said after the win.

2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Seven
Colton Parayko and Laila Anderson holding the Stanley Cup. Photo Courtesy of CBS News

Throughout the St. Louis area the theme song for the run through the postseason was “Gloria” by Laura Branigan. This came after the fans knowing of the song being played in the Blues locker room. After every win, each person would yell “Play Gloria!” and the rest is history.

For players like Ryan O’Reilly, Alex Pietrangelo, Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz this is a dream come true. Let’s not forget that the Blues had the worst record in the NHL on January 3rd. The grit of this team must be seen as resiliency.

What does this mean now? The St. Louis Blues proved that it doesn’t really matter what happens in the beginning half of the season but where you go from it. Having the worst record, to firing their head coach, to now being champions.

These are obstacles that made this St. Louis Blues team great, overcoming so much and bringing Lord Stanley finally to the Arch city of St. Louis. Well worth the 51-year wait. So, play the tunes and blues loudly especially the sound of “Gloria!”

Malik Jackson

Malik Jackson
NHL Journalist & Reporter
Washington D.C.

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