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5 things we learned on the Dad's Trip

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

ST. LOUIS - When the team's plane landed back in St. Louis around 1:20 a.m. last Friday morning, it signaled the end of another successful Dad's Trip.

Like it always is, the trip was full of memorable moments and stories, including a come-from-behind win in Florida with Phil Maroon mic'd up, a thrilling OT victory against the Tampa Bay Lightning we can see from Joe Pietrangelo's perspective and an unimagineable scenario in which Jake Allen's father-in-law doesn't have a cell phone.

Here are five other things we learned from this year's Dad's Trip:

1. Brian O'Reilly snores… loud

The best part about the Dad's Trip is how the dads get a chance to experience what life in the NHL is like. From the chartered flight to the bus rides to the hotel to the team meals and meetings, the dads get to experience it all.

But as for sharing a room with their sons? That doesn't happen often, which is great news if you're Ryan O'Reilly.

"I tend to snore a little," Brian O'Reilly revealed during Tuesday's episode of Blues Gameday Live.

"That was you?" asked Darren Pang during the show. "You're four floors above me! I heard you!"

Brian also let us in on a little secret: Ryan's childhood nickname was "Snook." Something tells us that will stick.

Video: Brian O'Reilly joins Blues Gameday Live in Florida

2. Mitch Bozak can see the future

With the Blues held scoreless through two periods and down 1-0 at BB&T Center after 40 minutes, Tyler Bozak's dad gave Blues fans an intermission report and made a bold prediction:

"I think the third period is going to be theirs."

As you know, the Blues rallied for a 3-2 come-from-behind win against the Panthers.

Go Blues Go!

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Mitch Bozak isn���t losing any hope. There���s still 20 minutes left! #stlblues

3. Robert Thomas' grandpa rocks

When Robert Thomas' dad couldn't make it on the Dad's Trip because he was traveling on business, grandpa stepped in, and was Bruce Waechter ever a favorite!

He made a lot of friends in a short amount of time by greeting everyone in the morning, making people laugh with his stories - including how he camped out in an RV for more than a month to watch Thomas' first 15 NHL games - and stopped to shake the hands of everyone on the trip when the plane landed.

In between, he did media interviews, took frequent selfies with Vladimir Tarasenko and could even be seen waving to his grandson during warm-ups in Tampa Bay.

4. Rick Schwartz is the OG

Rick Schwartz is a gem. We already knew that, but it was even more apparent when the team landed in Tampa Bay on Wednesday afternoon.

Decked out in shorts, sunglasses and a havana hat only he could rock, our cameras captured Rick attempting to swat his son, Jaden, with a BBQ grill utensil set as he stepped off the plane.

After labeling Rick as "The OG" on Blues' social media, the nickname caught on - Brayden Schenn even used it in his postgame interview on FOX Sports Midwest.

So what did Rick think of his viral video?

"I liked it, but I needed someone to tell me what The OG meant," he said.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Rick Schwartz - The OG. #stlblues

5. The dads are good luck

The Blues have done four Dad's Trips in their team history.

Their record in those games?


"It's been an emotional week for us," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said after Thursday's 1-0 win against the Lightning. "Obviously having your dads here, it's pretty special. The dads love a game where there's a lot of hard work and effort and perseverance. That's what we had tonight."

About half of the dads flew home to St. Louis with the team and were watching Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators at Enterprise Center. A handful of them even drove to Bridgestone Arena to see Sunday's rematch.

The Blues won both games.

Video: Blues players, dads celebrate comeback win

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