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Blues bringing dads on road trip to Anaheim, Vegas

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

When the Blues dads go on the road, they typically bring plenty of good luck.

The St. Louis Blues will again be bringing their dads along for their upcoming two-game road trip to face the Anaheim Ducks at Honda Center and the Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena this week. It will be the fifth time in the last six years that the dads have gone on the road.

How have the Blues fared with their dads cheering them on from the stands?

Not too shabby - they're 7-1.

"I think they give you just a little extra motivation to play hard," Blues goalie Jake Allen told stlouisblues.com. "They're a big reason that we're here in this position today, so we just play hard for them, have some fun, be a little bit more loose and relaxed. It's a big highlight of their year - I know my dad looks forward to it every year. It's a big deal for them."

Last year, the dads watched the Blues erase a two-goal deficit to beat the Florida Panthers before witnessing a thrilling 1-0 overtime win against the Tampa Bay Lightning, who were first overall in the League last February. Those two wins came early in what would become a franchise-record 11-game winning streak.

Video: Blues bring dads on two-game road trip

The dads will travel with their sons on the team's chartered flight, stay at the team hotel, sit in on the team meetings with the coaches and enjoy dinners together before each game. When the puck drops, they will be cheering their boys on from the suites.

"That's what it's all about," Allen said. "We do our thing on the ice, and they deserved to have all the fun. They worked hard for us when we were kids, now it's the other way around. This group of dads, they've been doing this for awhile, they see familiar faces and they let loose. It's their time to shine, so it will be great for them"

"Every single one of us knows that our dads put in a lot of time and effort when we were kids to help us get to this point," Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said last season. "We don't want to let them down."

Fans can get exclusive coverage of the Dad's Trip this week by visiting stlouisblues.com and by following the Blues on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Here's a list of the 21 dads (or guests) traveling this year:

Kurt Allen (Jake Allen), Sebastien Blais (Sammy Blais), John Binnington (Jordan Binnington), Joseph Saliger (Troy Brouwer), Oscar Bortuzzo (Robert Bortuzzo), Dan Bouwmeester (Jay Bouwmeester), Mitch Bozak (Tyler Bozak), Anders de la Rose (Jacob de la Rose), John Dunn (Vince Dunn), David Faulk (Justin Faulk), Bjorn Gunnarsson (Carl Gunnarsson), Ron MacEachern (Mackenzie MacEachern), Brian O'Reilly (Ryan O'Reilly), Tom Parayko (Colton Parayko), Francois Perron (David Perron), Joe Pietrangelo (Alex Pietrangelo), Brett Glendye (Zach Sanford), Jeff Schenn (Brayden Schenn), Rick Schwartz (Jaden Schwartz), Thomas Steen (Alexander Steen), Scott Thomas (Robert Thomas)

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