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Tkachuk shows off St. Louis Cardinals jersey during skills competition

Flames forward and native son gets hometown crowd to go wild

by Dan O'Leary @DanOLeary25 / NHL.com Staff Writer

Tkachuk competes in Molina jersey

Shooting Stars: Tkachuk unveils Cardinals jersey

Matthew Tkachuk reveals a Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals jersey to the hometown crowd as he takes part in the Gatorade Shooting Stars event

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Matthew Tkachuk wasn't going to get through an entire night in St. Louis without shouting out his roots.

The Calgary Flames forward pulled off his team's jersey to reveal a Yadier Molina St. Louis Cardinals jersey during the Shooting Stars competition at the 2020 NHL All-Star Skills presented by New Amsterdam Vodka.

Molina, a beloved figure in St. Louis, has played 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, all with the Cardinals, and won two World Series titles.

Tweet from @NHLFlames: All the love for the @Cardinals from our boy @TKACHUKycheese_! pic.twitter.com/KCGUlfsLS2

The crowd let out a huge roar for the gesture, just as they did when former Blues forward, Matthew and Brady's father, Keith Tkachuk stepped up on stage to take a shot.

"I wanted to do that to show my appreciation for the city and how it's still the city I come back to for the early parts of the summer. It's still my home," Tkachuk said. "I've got a lot of close people here that I know were in attendance. I'm sure they all loved it."

-NHL.com Staff Writer Cristina Ledra contributed to this report.

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