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Blues leaning on dads during annual father’s trip

The St. Louis Blues are on their annual father’s trip, and the dads are providing some valuable counseling after Jay Bouwmeester collapsed in the first period of Tuesday’s game at Anaheim.

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington no longer flies under radar

Jordan Binnington used to fly under the radar during his summer training. But after a head-turning, seemingly-out-of-nowhere rookie season capped by a Stanley Cup victory, those days are long gone for the St. Louis Blues goalie. He is now in Toronto at an annual pre-training camp showcase for NHL players and others. He no longer needs a name tag to be recognized. There’s new respect for the goalie. Says Binnington: “It happened quickly, but it’s been great.”

For Craig Berube, accountability led to a Stanley Cup for Blues

The St. Louis Blues are coming off the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. They did it behind coach Craig Berube, who took over in November and led a slow turnaround that included a spot at the bottom of the NHL standings in January. In the end, the Blues beat Boston in seven games to win the championship. General manager Doug Armstrong says he and Berube agreed at the end of the season but held off on negotiations until after the playoffs. Berube now has a three-year deal.

Hometown hero Patrick Maroon celebrates Stanley Cup family style

Patrick Maroon will be hailed as a hometown hero in St. Louis for signing with the Blues and helping them win their first championship. What is most important to him was the chance to be around 10-year-old son Anthony and celebrate with him. The Maroons on Saturday will get the chance to ride in the first Blues championship parade. It will be the culmination of Maroon’s gamble on himself to take less money and a one-year deal to be around his family.

Zdeno Chara played with plates, wires, screws to fix broken jaw

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara says he broke his jaw in multiple places and played the last three games of the Stanley Cup Final with “two plates, some wires and screws” holding it together. Chara confirmed the extent of the injury two days after the Bruins lost in Game 7 of the championship series to the St. Louis Blues.

Year of parades ends in Boston with Bruins’ Stanley Cup loss

After back-to-back wins by the Red Sox and the Patriots, the never-satisfied fans in Boston coveted a chance to sweep the major sports prizes. But the Celtics didn’t cooperate, and the Bruins fell one game short of winning the city’s 13th title since 2002. St. Louis won Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final to take the NHL championship.

Jay Bouwmeester and Blues’ greybeards finally lift Stanley Cup

Jay Bouwmeester put 764 games on his resume before finally his first taste of the playoffs. It was a record for active players when he finally got the opportunity in 2013. Bouwmeester has since racked up 75 playoff games. He was the first player St. Louis Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo handed the Stanley Cup to as sign of respect for the 35-year-old veteran . It was also a sign of appreciation for his long road to his first NHL championship.

Heartache turns to triumph for St. Louis sports fans

At age 100, Marge Kirchhoefer is among the oldest St. Louis Blues fans. Now that they are Stanley Cup champions, she knows exactly how she will celebrate. She plans to drink champagne. There is a sense of celebration and relief across St. Louis, which has had champions in baseball and football. Now fans have their first NHL championship, too.

Blues’ Jordan Binnington goes from castoff to Stanley Cup champion

Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington has been so good he might never have to pay for another meal in St. Louis. He was drafted in the third round, shuffled to the bottom of the pile of the Blues’ goalie depth chart and even farmed out to Boston’s top minor league affiliate. The 25-year-old rookie led the Blues from dead last in the NHL to the first title in franchise history. He was the perfect backstop for the bruising Blues.