The Stanley Cup has long eluded St. Louis and the Blues. Since the club's birth, 45 years ago, the Blues have never won the Stanley Cup. Fans long to see players sporting the note and raising the Stanley Cup, and though the Blues missed out on the ultimate trophy again this season, fans will still get a chance to see the Cup up close this week.
On Wednesday, July 31, Lord Stanley's Cup will be at the St. Peters Rec-Plex South, courtesy of Chicago Blackhawks forward Brandon Bollig. Bollig, 26, was a part of the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup Championship squad, which defeated the Boston Bruins in six games. It was the Blackhawks' second Stanley Cup Championship in three years. It was the first of Bollig's career.
Bollig, a native of St. Charles, MO, is the first-ever St. Louis-area born player to win the Stanley Cup. He wanted to share the experience with the people of St. Louis, which is what he will be doing on Wednesday.
The Cup will be on display at the Rec-Plex's center ice from 4:30 P.M until 5:30 P.M. Fans will have the chance to purchase tickets to view the Stanley Cup up close for $5 (donations must be made by use of cash only). Children under 12 years of age can view the Cup up close for free. The $5 donation also includes a photograph with the Stanley Cup, which will be taken by professional photographers. There is no extra charge to receive the photos.
Bollig requested that the event double as a fundraiser for the St. Louis Children's Hospital. So, at Bollig's request, all donations will benefit the St. Louis hospital.
Tickets will go on sale to the public at 1:30 P.M. on Wednesday outside of the Rec-Plex South building. It was stressed that tickets are limited due to time constraints, so the general public is urged to purchase them early.
The Rec-Plex was chosen by Bollig because of his history with the building. Bollig played hockey at the Rec-Plex during his youth hockey days with the St. Peters Spirit. He notified St. Peters of his wishes, and they were happy to oblige, giving the St. Louis community an opportunity to experience something they will never forget.
“What a wonderful way to share the Stanley Cup with the community,” said St. Peters Mayor Len Pagano via release. “Thank you to Brandon for providing this unique opportunity for local hockey fans.”
Though Blues fans may dislike the team that Bollig plays for, it's hard not to like Bollig, who is sharing his unique experience with the St. Louis region, and using it to raise money for for a good cause.