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Pietrangelo surprises Blues Special Hockey Club with Stanley Cup

Developmentally disabled players meet captain, take photos with trophy

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Alex Pietrangelo delivered the perfect surprise for some St. Louis Blues fans Saturday.

The Blues captain shared the Stanley Cup with the Blues Special Hockey Club at Enterprise Center. The program gives people with developmental disabilities the chance to play hockey and enrich their athletic development.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Blues Special Hockey just got the surprise of a lifetime. #stlblues

The group went wild for Pietrangelo when he entered the room with the trophy. Aside from meeting Pietrangelo and seeing the Cup, each team member also got his or her picture taken with him and the trophy. They also took a group shot with the Cup.

Instagram from @stlouisblues: Blues Special Hockey started as the Gateway Locomotives back in 1994. Thanks to Alex Pietrangelo, the organization got to see the #StanleyCup up close on Saturday. #stlblues

Pietrangelo also rewarded a Blues fan named Clay Berry, the winner of a raffle to hang out with the defenseman and the trophy, with a drink from the Cup.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Remember that raffle we did where you could win a visit from Alex Pietrangelo and the #StanleyCup? Clay won (he bought 20 raffle tickets), and today, Petro let him drink from Lord Stanley. #stlblues

The Blues captain was far from done with his day, however.

In the evening, Pietrangelo and the Cup showed up at the Bommarito Automotive 500, part of the NTT Indycar Series, in nearby Madison, Illinois.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Raise it up, Petro. The fans want to see the Cup. #stlblues #StanleyCup

Fans at the race had a warm welcome.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: Wherever the #StanleyCup goes, a massive crowd tends to follow. #stlblues

And, as luck would have it, the Cup made a friend.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: That���s a lot of silver. #stlblues #StanleyCup

Pietrangelo has had plenty of fun with the Cup. He was the first Blues player to hoist the trophy when St. Louis won the first championship in its 51-season history, then played golf with it in July in his hometown of King City, Ontario, where his triplets also got to spend time with the Cup.

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