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Blues tour Hockey Hall of Fame, donate Stanley Cup ring

Defending champions spent day at museum in Toronto

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues toured the Hockey Hall of Fame on Tuesday. All of them.

Blues players joined general manager Doug Armstrong, coach Craig Berube and chairman Tom Stillman to tour the museum and donate a Stanley Cup championship ring.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: 125 years of hockey history and more than 80,000 artifacts are housed at the @HockeyHallFame archives. Today, the #stlblues got a private tour from @keeperofthecup.

The Blues, who received their gorgeous diamond-and-saphire-clad rings last week, were the 13th straight NHL champion to get a private tour of the Hall of Fame but had the unique distinction as the first to have perfect attendance at the event.

"We've been doing this ceremony since 2007, and this is the first time an entire team has attended the event," said Phil Pritchard, a Hall of Fame curator and keeper of the Cup. "It's also the first time we've had a member of ownership here for this.

"That says a lot about what the Blues are."

Stillman, a lifelong hockey fan who has been chairman and governor since 2012, wouldn't have missed another chance to celebrate his team's first Stanley Cup championship, which it clinched with a seven-game win against the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final.

"Every time we come to an event like this, I wonder when this Stanley Cup dream will come to an end," Stillman said. "So far it hasn't.

"It's still special; for players, for management, for the fans and for me."

The players marveled at the Hall of Fame's impressive collection of memorabilia and quirky artifacts, including forward David Perron's helmet from his tenure with Lewiston of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: No way!!! They���ve got @DP_57���s old Lewiston Maineiacs helmet! #stlblues

St. Louis took its team tour after defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Monday. staff writer Mike Zeisberger contributed to this report

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