The St. Louis Blues have rewarded an 11-year-old fan who did a good deed by giving a Vladimir Tarasenko stick he was given after a Feb. 6 game to a younger boy.
Following the Blues' 4-1 win against the Minnesota Wild, in which Tarasenko scored a power-play goal, Noah Kleinlehrer found himself the recipient of a gift many of his peers could only dream of having.
"I was going down to high-five the players just after the three stars, and Tarasenko reaches up and gave me his stick," Noah told the Blues website. "I thought 'Wow! He actually did that!' But then I went down and saw a little boy, who I saw earlier in the game. I overheard his father say it was his first game, so I went down to give him a good memory."
In giving away the stick, Kleinlehrer created a feel-good story that went viral and attracted the attention of the Blues organization.
They invited Noah and his family to their game Tuesday. They watched the Blues' 3-1 win against the Colorado Avalanche from right behind the glass and got to meet Tarasenko, captain David Backes and chairman Tom Stillman afterward. Tarasenko presented Noah with an autographed stick to replace the one he gave the young boy.
"I was coming to the game on April 1 as a birthday gift," Noah said afterward. "But I never expected this."
Noah's mother, Elizabeth, told the Blues website the gesture by her son was not atypical.
"That's just Noah. That's his character," she said. "What he did was completely in keeping with his character and who he is."