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Levi goes on the road with the Blues

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

Levi's road trip

Levi's trip with the Blues a memorable one

After losing his sister in a car accident, eight-year-old Levi Ervin got the trip of a lifetime with the St. Louis Blues

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You might remember Levi Ervin, the eight-year-old boy the Blues signed to a one-day contract last week at Scottrade Center. Levi was traveling on I-70 near O'Fallon, MO with his grandparents and two-year-old sister, Paisley, when a piece of metal became dislodged from the tractor trailer in front of them and wedged itself beneath their car.

Their vehicle caught fire, and Levi escaped unharmed. His grandparents, however, suffered third-degree burns while trying to rescue Paisley from her car seat. Paisley eventually passed away from her injuries.

This week, the Blues are bringing Levi and his parents, Eric and Tabetha, along for their one-game road trip to face the Carolina Hurricanes. You can follow updates from their trip with this blog at stlouisblues.com

Click here to read more about Levi's back story and how he signed his one-day contract with the Blues.

 

DAY ONE

10 a.m. CT
St. Louis Outlet Mall

Levi and his parents show up at the Ice Zone at St. Louis Outlet Mall to meet the team. Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo finds Levi outside the locker room and escorts him inside, where the entire team is gathered before an optional 11 a.m. practice.

"This is Levi," Pietrangelo tells his teammates. "He's coming on the road trip with us."

Then he looks at Levi.

"All new players have to give a speech on their first day," Pietrangelo tells Levi. "Go."

Levi declines. He didn't prepare one yet, but maybe he's saving the motivational speech for pregame on Friday before the team battles the Hurricanes.

 

11:30 a.m. CT
St. Louis Outlet Mall

You can't sign a one-day contract with the St. Louis Blues without practicing with your new teammates. After the team finishes an optional practice, Levi puts on his skates and hits the ice with Oskar Sundqvist and Carter Hutton.

Sundqvist helps Levi with his passing, then Levi's off to take a few shots on Hutton.

One of them goes in.

Five hole.

This is looking like a good signing already.

Video: Levi scores on Hutton

 

2 p.m. CT
The Airport

Levi boards the plane and it's wheels up to Raleigh, NC!

 

4:53 p.m. ET
Raleigh, NC

After playing some video games on the flight and even getting a little shut-eye, the plane lands in Raleigh - about 26 hours ahead of Friday's 7:30 p.m. ET matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes. Levi's first day as a pro is almost complete. He practiced, took shots against Carter Hutton and flew with the team to Carolina.

When the plane lands, Levi gets his No. 17 Blues jersey autographed by the entire team.

Now he's on the bus to the team hotel, where he'll drop off his suitcase and get ready for dinner.

Dinner is with Darren Pang and Kelly Chase, and after that, Levi will get some rest because tomorrow is gameday!

 

DAY TWO

10:15 a.m. ET
PNC Arena

It's gameday, so Levi has his Vladimir Tarasenko jersey on when he boards the team bus to PNC Arena, where the Blues will face off against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.

Levi's first gameday duty comes at 10:30 a.m., when he learns he'll be joining Kelly Chase and Darren Pang on Blues Gameday Live, the preview show that streams every gameday morning on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Video: Levi joins Blues Gameday Live in Carolina

After that, Levi returns to the Blues locker room, where Tarasenko is waiting to take him to the ice for the morning skate.

"Have you ever shot a hockey puck?" Tarasenko asks. "Do you want to put one in the net?"

Levi does, and he knows Tarasenko knows a thing or two about scoring goals.

Now that he's all warmed up, it's time to head back to the hotel, where he'll get some rest and get ready for the big game.

Video: Tarasenko shares some tips about scoring with Levi

 

5:30 p.m. ET until game time
PNC Arena

Levi gets a nap and a good lunch, just like all the players do after the morning skate. When he arrives at the arena, he gets his 15 minutes of fame in front of the TV cameras. He does an interview about his trip, just like his mom and dad, and goes to his seats to watch warm-ups. 

Scottie Upshall flips him a puck before the game.

Tweet from @FSMidwest: Panger on eight-year-old Levi Ervin, who accompanied the @StLouisBlues on this trip to Carolina: "Boy, this kid is special." pic.twitter.com/Z6By3LF4RZ

In the first period during a TV time out, the Hurricanes put him on the center ice scoreboard and introduce him as the youngest Blue of all time.

Levi smiles big, just like he has throughout the trip.

He doesn't know it yet (he will when he gets home and checks his DVR), but John Kelly and Darren Pang give him a shoutout on FOX Sports Midwest during the first period.

In the second period, Levi visits Chris Kerber and Kelly Chase in the radio booth, where he gets to call some of the action.

LISTEN: Levi does play-by-play for Blues / Hurricanes on KMOX 1120 AM

 

10:25 p.m. ET
Postgame

Levi fistbumps the team as they leave the ice in Carolina with a 2-1 win. Dmitrij Jaskin and Brayden Schenn are the heroes with goals, but it's Carter Hutton who gets the postgame interview on FOX Sports Midwest.

"I scored more goals on you than they did!" Levi tells Hutton after the interview.

"You got me ready for it," Hutton said. "I knew if I could stop you once in awhile, I could stop those guys no problem."

Now it's off to the airport for the flight home.

Video: Levi celebrates with the Blues after a win

 

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