ST. LOUIS - The Stanley Cup had quite a summer!
In its first-ever offseason with the St. Louis Blues, the Cup crossed three continents, visited five countries, eight Canadian provinces and 13 U.S. states, traveling nearly 40,000 miles.
Do the math and that means the Stanley Cup circled the globe one-and-a-half times!
When you add the spectators at the Championship Parade and Rally, fans at major events such as a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, an Indy Car race at World Wide Technology Raceway, a Canadian Football League game in Regina, Saskatchewan and numerous surprise visits to local bars, restaurants, towns and public events, the Cup is estimated to have been seen live by a whopping 1.35 million people since the Blues first lifted it on June 12, 2019.
As is tradition, the Stanley Cup has been returned to its keepers with the Hockey Hall of Fame. If this amazing summer is to ever be repeated, it will be because the Blues earned the right to hoist Lord Stanley yet again.
Here are some other amazing facts about Stanley's summer with the Blues:
By the Numbers
Over one million: Blues Championship Parade and Rally (Market Street / Gateway Arch)
45,000: Cardinals vs. Oakland A's (Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO)
40,000: Indy Car Series (World Wide Technology Raceway, Madison, IL)
31,000: Saskatchewan Roughriders vs. Calgary Stampeders CFL game (Mosaic Stadium, Regina, SK)
19,000: St. Louis Blues Opening Night (Enterprise Center)
9,500: Footloose (The Muny, Forest Park)
9,000: Blues Season Ticket Holders and Suite Holders (Stifel Theatre)
8,500: San Antonio Rampage game (San Antonio, TX)
7,000: Tulsa Oilers game (Tulsa, OK)
5,500: Blue Note Champions 5K (Forest Park)
5,500: Saint Louis FC game (World Wide Technology Soccer Park, Fenton, MO)
5,000: Ryan O'Reilly's two parades on Day with the Cup (Seaforth, Goderich, ONT)
5,000: Chestico Days Parade with Al MacInnis (Port Hood, NS)
3,500: Bass Pro Shops (Springfield, MO)
3,300: Maritz (Fenton, MO)
3,100: Rob Thomas Concert (Stifel Theatre)
3,000: Centene Community Ice Center (Maryland Heights, MO)
2,500: Edward Jones (St. Louis, MO)
2,200: Wells Fargo Advisors (St. Louis, MO)
2,200: Anheuser-Busch (St. Louis, MO)
2,000: Powell Hall Concert (St. Louis, MO)
1,500: Justin Moore Concert (Ballpark Village)
1,000: Fast Eddies Bon Air (Alton, IL)
650: The Urge concert (Delmar Hall)
75: Craig Berube's hometown parade (Calahoo, AB)
1: Gentleman at a gas station (West St. Louis County)
Oldest person to take a photo with the Cup: 101 year-old Blues season ticket holder.
Youngest person(s) to take a photo with the Cup: Blues VP of Business Intelligence Keira Emerson's newborn twins (10.5 hours old).
Pictures taken by Blues team photographers: 26,543
Food and drinks consumed from the Cup: Toasted Ravioli, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard, Gooey Butter Cake, Salad, French Fries, Poutine, Pasta, Alex Pietrangelo's Nonna's Pasta, Cereal, Sprite, DQ Blizzard, Adult Beverages (Beer, Champagne, Scotch, Gin, Bourbon, Molly Bozak's Margaritas, Peach Schnapps, Raw Squid (Roby the Sea Lion at the Saint Louis Zoo).
Landmark visits: The Gateway Arch, Saint Louis Zoo, The Old Courthouse, The Muny, The Botanical Gardens, The Missouri History Museum, The St. Louis Wheel, Soldiers Memorial, The St. Louis Art Museum, Laumeier Sculpture Park, The National Museum of Transportation, Grant's Farm, The Delmar Loop, Chuck Berry Statue, The World's Largest Catsup Bottle, Glen Carbon Covered Bridge, Busch Stadium, Olympic Rings at Washington University.
Bar / restaurant surprise visits: Circle 7 Ranch, Bobby's Place, Five Star Burgers, Bartolino's, Carsons, McGurks, The Village Bar, The Geyer Inn, Failoni's, Saratoga Lanes, The Train Wreck, Dukes, Napoli, Napoli 2, Molly's, Mai Lee's, Hammerstones, Llewellyns, The Angry Beaver, Maggie O'Briens, Sportsman's Park, Pat Connolly Tavern, Seamus McDaniel's, O'Connell's Pub, Capital Grille, J. McGraugh's Bar and Grill, Joey B's, Billy G's, The Shack, JP Fields, Pappy's Smokehouse, Paul Mano's, Chris' Pancake House, Mike Shannon's, O'B. Clark's, The Hive, Milo's Tavern, Blueberry Hill, Salt & Smoke BBQ, Fast Eddies, Trattoria Marcella, Gamlin Whiskey House, Sidetracked Again.
Cup Keepers on Tour: Phil Pritchard, Howie Borrow, Mike Bolt, Mario Della-Savia, Walt Neubrand (at least one with the Cup at all times)