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Blais scrubs Stanley Cup before parade in Quebec hometown

Blues forward celebrated by thousands of Montmagny residents

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

Sammy Blais received a big welcome Montmagny, Quebec on Wednesday when about 5,000 people showed up to a parade with the St. Louis Blues forward and the Stanley Cup.

Blais, who had one goal and three points in 15 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Blues, rode in the back of a pickup truck as "Gloria" blared through speakers along the route. Blais' vehicle stopped several times for proud and supportive fans to pose for pictures with him and the Cup.

Blais gave the crowd its biggest thrill when he allowed fans to touch the trophy during a public ceremony, where he also addressed the people directly.

"It's really incredible the number of people that are here right now," Blais told CIMT in French. "They supported me all throughout the playoffs, and ever since I was a kid, they've supported me and have been proud. To see them here today, and to bring them the Stanley Cup, it was really important for me to give back to my city."

Blais also made certain to share the trophy with at least one hometown fan in particular.

Tweet from @StLouisBlues: This is Laurie-Anne from Montmagny. She has Morquio syndrome, a rare disorder that means she won���t grow any more. Laurie-Anne isn���t going to let that stop her from one day learning to skate like her favorite player, Sammy Blais, who just brought her the #StanleyCup. #stlblues

Blais' day started at home, where he gave the Cup a strong scrubbing, which it may have needed after David Perron's day of eating cereal and poutine, and drinking chocolate milk out of the bowl on Tuesday.

Tweet from @keeperofthecup: Just making sure the #StanleyCup is clean. Sammy Blais @420blaisit is getting it ready for the days events in Quebec @nhl @StLouisBlues @HockeyHallFame

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