Video: Blues hoist Stanley Cup

Sean Leahy

The St. Louis Blues entered the league in 1967 and until this year, they had never won a game in the Stanley Cup Final. The team and fans have been waiting a long time for this moment and now they get to enjoy it:

Speaking of waiting a long time to get the Cup, it was great to see it passed off to Jay Bouwmeester. The 35-year-old defenseman certainly had to pay his dues. He made his NHL debut back in 2002 and didn’t even get to play in his first postseason contest until 2013 despite some amazing campaigns on his part during that drought.

Even at his age, he remains an important part of the St. Louis Blues. He logged 28:34 minutes in the Stanley Cup Final; more than any other player. Overall, he averaged 23:30 minutes per contest in the playoffs, which made him a vital part of the Blues’ defensive core along with Alex Pietrangelo and Colton Parayko.

After all the hard work he and his teammates have done and all the trials they endured in this down-and-then-up campaign, they finally have a chance to celebrate.

Ryan Dadoun is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at phtblog@nbcsports.com or follow him on Twitter @RyanDadoun.

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