Just days before Thanksgiving, best friends Jordan King and Bobby Moore took a road trip to Nashville to watch the St. Louis Blues battle the Predators at Bridgestone Arena. Before the game, they received a phone call saying that their home back in Edwardsville, IL had caught fire.
In that moment, they lost everything.
The house was uninhabitable. King's dad, Steven, and his three dogs passed away in the blaze. Their furniture was destroyed, as was an extensive collection of sports memorabilia they had collected over their years of being dedicated hockey fans.
Since then, King and Moore have relied on help from the community to organize a funeral for King's dad and the cremation of their pets. Donations have also allowed them to temporarily live at a hotel while they try to figure out what's next.
The Edwardsville Fire Department found no signs of foul play in their investigation, and a faulty space heater is believed to have been the source of the fire.
Video: Blues surprise King, Moore with gifts
The St. Louis Blues learned of the story recently and invited King and Moore to attend Thursday's game against the Vegas Golden Knights. After the 4-2 win, they received a tour of the locker room and met Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn, who wanted to help.
The players presented King and Moore with signed game-worn jerseys and a Blues championship ring paperweight from Jostens to help start a new sports memorabilia collection. In addition, Pietrangelo and Schenn gave them a $10,000 gift card courtesy of Ashley HomeStore, which they can put towards new furniture when they find a new home.
"You never want to see anything like that situation they went through happen to anybody," Schenn told stlouisblues.com. "They were shocked when we pulled out $10,000 from Ashley HomeStore. We'll do whatever it takes, especially for longtime Blues fans like that. Hopefully this helps get them back on their feet."
"I just assumed I was going to be able to look around the locker room and check it out. I never thought I was going to meet anybody (like Schenn and Pietrangelo)," Moore said. "Oh my God... I didn't see this coming. It means everything to me. Something bad happened to us, but it's hard to think about in this moment."