ST. LOUIS - You might remember Noah Kleinlehrer.
He’s the 11-year-old boy who, after a Blues win back in February, was given a game-used stick from Vladimir Tarasenko and then gave it to a younger fan in his section.
The video went viral and received more than one million views on Facebook and Twitter. Noah was an instant celebrity and was interviewed by several local TV stations about his good deed.
“I was going down to high-five the players just after the three stars, and Tarasenko reaches up and gave me his stick,” Noah recalls. “I thought ‘Wow! He actually did that!’ But then I went down and saw a little boy, who I saw earlier in the game. I overheard his father say it was his first game, so I went down to give him a good memory.”
As it turns out, Noah gave all of Blues Nation a good memory, too.
“That’s just Noah. That’s his character,” said his mom, Elizabeth. “What he did was completely in keeping with his character and who he is.”
To thank him for his selfless act, the Blues invited Noah and his family to Tuesday’s 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche. Noah was given glass seats for the game and a postgame meet-and-greet with Vladimir Tarasenko, David Backes and Blues Chairman Tom Stillman.
And that game-used stick he gave away? Tarasenko replaced it with a new one that was even better - this one was autographed.
“I was coming to the game on April 1 as a birthday gift,” Noah said after Tuesday’s game. “But I never expected this.”