For 49 years, St. Louis Blues faithful dreamed of the day when their boys would bring home Lord Stanley’s silver chalice.
Last June, after defeating the Boston Bruins, the Blues laid claim to the Stanley Cup. In mid-September, it was engraved with 52 names, including the name of Joel Edmundson, who, according to the St. Louis Blues, had this reaction to seeing a photo of the newly engraved Cup: “I love that. The best part is I’m surrounded by one of my best friends in Robby Fabbri. Then there’s [Robert] Bortuzzo, and [Jordan Binnington] right above that, we’re all really close friends. To be engraved on the biggest prize in hockey, it’s pretty cool. I remember going to the Hockey Hall of Fame back in the day and reading all the names on the Cup. To have your name on there, it’s pretty sweet.”
Other reactions reported by the Blues organization, included:
Alex Pietrangelo, who said, “Goosebumps. It’s pretty cool. I mean, it was cool to have around, but when you have an opportunity to see your name on it, it’s pretty damn cool.”
Alexander Steen, who exclaimed, “That’s great, and the best part is being on there with all these guys!”
Jordan Binnington, who said he was excited for his family to see it.
Ryan O’Reilly, who declared, “That’s incredible; it’s amazing, part of history. You never think you’ll actually be on there, but look at that, that’s incredible. That’s so cool.”
Jake Allen said, “My name popped right out at me, I saw it right away. It’s unreal. It will be on there for 64 years. It’s great to hoist the Cup and to actually see your name there, it’s so special. It’s real, it’s actually real.”
Brayden Schenn said he was speechless. “It’s what you work for your whole life being a hockey player, and to see your name on the Stanley Cup with a lot of the game’s greats, it gives you goosebumps looking at that,” he said.
David Perron described seeing his name on the Cup as “pretty cool” and “extremely special.”
“It’s the dream to win it,” Perron said, “but to see your name on it, it’s even more special. To know that forever my kids and everyone else will see it, it’s pretty cool. The next time I see the Cup, it will be the first thing I’m looking for.”
Colton Parayko, kept his remarks simple. “Holy $^&%!” he exclaimed.
But it was Vladimir Tarasenko who summed up what the 2019-2020 season means to this team and its fans. “It’s why you play the game. It’s nice to see your name where you’ve achieved something big in your career, especially with this city and this team. I’m happy to see a bunch of my friends on the Cup, and I said it in an interview [before], I hope it’s not the last one.”