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Stanley Cup Final postcard: Blues Hall of Fame Plaza

Near statues of Hull, Federko, MacInnis, St. Louis fans gather, hope for first championship

by Tim Campbell @TimNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The 2019 Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues continues with Game 6 on Sunday. NHL.com writers covering the series will provide a daily Stanley Cup Final postcard from whatever city they're in. Today, staff writer Tim Campbell checks in from the Blues Hall of Fame Plaza outside Enterprise Center.

 

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Blues have never experienced a day like this in their 52-year history.

For the first time, the Blues can win the Stanley Cup with a victory in Game 6 of the Cup Final against the Boston Bruins at Enterprise Center on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS).

And in the hours leading up to puck drop, Stanley Cup fever was on full display in the Blues Hall of Fame Plaza outside Enterprise Center.

 

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Keith Kaufman and his son Ross were among those soaking up the atmosphere, having traveled from Lancaster, Pennsylvania to attend Game 6.

Tickets to the potential championship-deciding game were a 60th-birthday present for Keith from his 26-year-old son.

"I grew up near here, in Belleville [Illinois]," Keith said. "My father was career Air Force. I was 8 when the Blues came into the League, but they were always sold out when we were here, and we never could get any tickets. But I've always been a Blues fan."

After his father had a health scare earlier this year, Ross Kaufman decided it was time for his father to see a Blues game, so he purchased tickets to Game 6.

"We just decided he deserved it, so here we are," Ross Kaufman said.

The Hall of Fame Plaza on the south side of the arena is the location of statues of Blues icons Brett Hull, Bernie Federko and Al MacInnis.

It's also a place where Blues fans have been showing off their support for years. The floor of the plaza that surrounds the statues is made up of bricks engraved with the names of every player that has ever played for the Blues as well as bricks with names and messages from fans and supporters.

One brick features a common message, "Just one Cup before I die," from Donald J. Ernst.

But another, signed, "Love Mom and Dad," might be the ultimate expression of devotion to the NHL team but might not bode well for someone named Matt.

It says: "Matt, we would trade U 4 a Cup."

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