Patrick Maroon said farewell to his hometown Saturday.
The forward wrote a heartfelt note to his hometown St. Louis he posted on Twitter after signing a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Maroon, a native of the Oakville neighborhood of St. Louis, helped bring the Stanley Cup to his hometown as a member of the St. Louis Blues in 2019. He signed a one-year contract with the Blues on July 9, 2018, then scored three goals and seven points in 26 Stanley Cup Playoff games, including the game-winning goal in overtime of Game 7 of the Western Conference Second Round against the Dallas Stars.
"Thank you to the St. Louis Blues for giving me a chance to play in my hometown and living out a dream … to put on the Blue Note," Maroon wrote in his note. "To the boys, this one is tough. I love you guys. What an absolute ride. We accomplished the impossible, and I loved going to work with you boys every day and night."
Because of his local roots and physical style of play, Maroon became a fan favorite in St. Louis. Fans and the Blues Twitter account shared their appreciation for his contribution to their run.
But Maroon, his wife Francesca and their 9-year-old son Anthony are already fired up about joining the Lightning, though not necessarily just for for on-ice reasons.
"I'm pumped to get the opportunity to play for the [Lightning], and I can't wait to get down there and meet my new teammates and see all the fans," Maroon's note said. "Anthony has already mapped out that Disney World is 84 miles away.
"See you soon, Tampa. Let's goo!"