St. Louis Blues defenseman Colton Parayko will be keeping his own blog throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins. He will check in regularly with behind-the-scenes access.
Parayko, 26, who was selected by the Blues in the third round (No. 86) in the 2012 NHL Draft, is in his fourth season with St. Louis. He has 11 points (one goal, 10 assists) in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games this season.
Here is Parayko's first entry following Stanley Cup Final Media Day at TD Garden in Boston.
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Things are starting to come to life, obviously, about the Stanley Cup Final. The last few days back home in St. Louis, the city is obviously excited, and we understand that, but it's just kind of becoming more of a reality now that we're here. We're around the media, everyone is super excited.
The media has multiplied by 20, you can say, and that's cool and I think that's making it become real. There wasn't anything overly surprising about Media Day, a lot of media, obviously. I think they did a good job, it was smooth for the most part. It was a good day.
As for Game 1, let's just get it going. We've had a few days off and we want to get it rolling, obviously. We've done a good job, we've scouted them, we've watched video, we understand how they play. It's one of those things where we've practiced today, we're here, we're just more excited than anything, just getting ready to play.
Game days go by fairly quick for me, so once tomorrow hits, it's going to be good. It's obviously going to be hard to not think of it as the Stanley Cup Final, but at the same time, hockey is hockey on this ice and that's what I have to remember, and everyone has to remember that we're still playing the same game, still playing the same players.
It's not going to be something completely new. Obviously, it's going to be loud, it's going to be electric in there, but at the same time, we need to make sure we have our emotions in check, make sure we know what to do and how to play, and we know that. Preparation is the biggest thing at this point. I think preparation we have to value.
We have the confidence, we just have to play confident.
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