ST. LOUIS - When Pat Maroon heard that McKelvey Elementary in St. Louis was competing with Potter Road School in Boston to see which school could show the most spirit for their teams in the Stanley Cup Final, he decided he wasn't going to let the school in St. Louis lose.
So, on the last day of school before the students went home for the summer, Maroon showed up at McKelvey Elementary to high-five the students, sign autographs and wave goodbye as they boarded the bus to go home.
Take that, Potter Road!
The two schools have agreed to a friendly wager during the Stanley Cup Final. If the Blues win the Stanley Cup, students at Potter Road will wear blue and yellow clothing to school. If the Bruins win, McKelvey students will be forced to wear black and gold.
Students at McKelvey seem to be ahead of the game so far. Before leaving for the summer, the school held an assembly that included a national anthem performance from Charles Glenn, a coordinated song-and-dance routine that featured custom lyrics to the hit song Old Town Road ("We're going to take our Blues to the Stanley Cup, we're gonna ride and we won't give up"), and of course, a top-of-your-lungs sing-a-long to Gloria.
Maroon, a St. Louis native, signed with his hometown team last July and has helped the Blues to their first Stanley Cup Final appearance since 1970.