You did it, St. Louis!
Thanks to your constant efforts to get the word out and vote in the NHL's Last Men In campaign, Blues forward David Perron is headed to the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis later this month.
"It's incredible, for sure," Perron told stlouisblues.com. "The support has been awesome. To see how much help I got from everyone, it feels good and it's awesome. The fans really helped me out and I'm excited."
Fans banded together on Dec. 30 when Perron's name was not included on the NHL's initial announcement of All-Star selections that included Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, forward Ryan O'Reilly and goalie Jordan Binnington. At the time, Perron ranked second on the Blues in goals (16) and first in points (40).
In the four games and 10 days since the Last Men In vote opened on Jan. 1, Perron has contributed even more, adding three goals and five assists in four games. Now, he ranks first on the club in goals (19) and points (45).
Video: Perron on joining NHL All-Star Game
A handful of St. Louis-area celebrities encouraged votes for Perron over the last week, including The Office's Jenna Fischer, Watch What Happens Live's Andy Cohen and St. Louis Cardinals' pitcher Adam Wainwright. Perron's teammates got into the action, too, as Binnington, Colton Parayko, Sammy Blais and Jacob de la Rose each used their own social media accounts to encourage fans to get Perron into the game.
It all paid off. For the first time in his career, Perron is an NHL All-Star and will play for the Central Division team.
The 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend will take place in St. Louis from Jan. 24-25 and consists of the All-Star Game - a 3-on-3 tournament with teams from each division - at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 (NBC) and the 2020 New Amsterdam Vodka NHL All-Star Skills, which will pit a variety of exciting skills and showcases on Friday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. (NBCSN).
Fans can learn more about All-Star Weekend in St. Louis by visiting stlouisblues.com/allstar
Video: Perron going to All-Star Game in St. Louis