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Blues Cup run chronicled in fan's spectacular holiday light show

Bob Galik incorporated highlights, 'Gloria' and more into latest version of amazing decor

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Now that is a light show worthy of the Stanley Cup champions.

Bob Galik of O'Fallon, Missouri dedicated a section of his spectacular annual holiday-light show to the Blues, and it has attracted fans from across the Greater St. Louis area to celebrate the title one more time.

The spectacle comes complete with logos, broadcast calls of big goals and of course, at the end, Laura Branigan's "Gloria."

Blues fan's light show

Galik, 53, has operated the light show since 2006, but this is the first time he's incorporated a local team into the presentation.

He said he's seen huge rise in show attendees, particularly after video of the Blues part went viral after it was posted to YouTube on December 7, with some fans coming from more than an hour away just to see the show.

"That's really what drew the crowds," Galik told NHL.com. "It was amazing. The attention once the one post, and the Blues picked it up, and a couple of the guys picked it up on Twitter was amazing."

Galik is an electrical engineer by trade and said the whole process takes about 100 hours. He's a 35-year Blues fan who attended several Stanley Cup Playoff games, and the championship parade in the spring.

The show runs about 20 minutes in three distinct parts, and it airs on loop at about 5 p.m. CT until 10 p.m. on weeknights and 11 p.m. on the weekend through Jan. 1.

The second part of the light show is dedicated solely to the Blues. It chronicles St. Louis' run from last place in the NHL to the Stanley Cup with radio and TV calls and "Dream On" by Aerosmith playing. A monitor displays highlights as multi-colored lights twinkle across the house.

"One of the things the Blues did during the playoff games did was a video montage before the game started of 'Dream On' with some highlights, and it was pretty awesome," Galik said. "I started putting two and two together and thinking 'hey, I might be able to do this.'"  

The Blues section culminates with images of St. Louis celebrating the Cup win, and the parade set to "Gloria," the team's adopted anthem.

He got the idea from a beer commercial, where "Wizards in Winter" by Trans-Siberian Orchestra plays behind a similar display, that aired during the mid-2000s.

"I said 'hey, I'm smart enough to do that. I can do that,'" Galik said.

He uses 15,000 individually addressable lights and puts the show together using a computer program. Galik has used the light show to collect donations for a local charity, and this year's is Our Lady's Inn, a shelter for homeless mothers in St. Charles County, Missouri. 

"All the years we've been doing it, the donations are more than triple anything we've ever done in 14 years we've been doing it," Galik said. "We're really grateful to see it."

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