Pat Maroon received more than a hero's welcome in his return home to St. Louis.
The Tampa Bay Lightning forward got his Stanley Cup ring, as well as a standing ovation in his first game at Enterprise Center against the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday.
Maroon grew up in St. Louis and had three goals and seven points in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping the Blues claim their first championship. The Blues showed a pregame montage with highlights from the season, then the crowd gave roared as general manager Doug Armstrong handed him his ring.
Ex-teammates Vladimir Tarasenko, Alex Pietrangelo and Alexander Steen also made sure to give him hugs.
The Lightning's game in St. Louis coincided with their Dad's Trip, meaning his dad Phil as well as fiancee Francesca and son Anthony were all on hand. Francesca also appeared to get teary eyed during the montage, and Maroon was touched by the experience.
"It was a good, warm welcome for me and my family," Maroon said after the game, a 3-1 Lightning loss. "It's a memory I'll never forget."
NHL.com Independent Correspondent Louie Korac contributed to this report.