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Blues honored by U.S. Senate for winning Stanley Cup

Resolution praises players, coaches, fans after first NHL title in St. Louis history

by William Douglas @WDouglasNHL / NHL.com Staff Writer

The St. Louis Blues' first Stanley Cup championship was honored in Washington this week, with Missouri's two U.S. senators leading the way.

Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley co-sponsored a resolution congratulating the Blues for defeating the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Final, bringing an NHL championship to Missouri for the first time since the Blues entered the NHL for the 1967-68 season.

The resolution by the two Republican lawmakers praised the Blues players, fans, including superfan Laila Anderson, and the city of St. Louis, which celebrated the victory without major incident.

"We all witnessed history as the Blues fought their way back from the bottom of the pack to become Stanley Cup champions, with the city of St. Louis and the entire state rallying behind them every step of the way," Hawley said. "Congratulations to the Blues on this incredible, hard-fought victory."

Blunt and Hawley took pen to paper and produced four pages of bragging rights on the Blues and St. Louis.

"The Blues showed incredible determination and perseverance by fighting their way back from last place in the NHL on Jan. 3, 2019 to finish the regular season in third place in the Western Conference Central Division, and to eventually defeat the Boston Bruins to become Stanley Cup Champions," the resolution reads.

It acknowledges Anderson, an 11-year-old battling a rare immune disease called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, for helping motive the Blues and for "journeying to Boston to cheer her Blues in Game 7 and kissing Lord Stanley's Cup, a champion's tradition."

It lauds center Ryan O'Reilly "who scored five times during a four-game goal streak in Games 4 through 7…[who] was the first player to score in 4 straight Stanley Cup Final games since Wayne Gretzky in 1985, was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the 2019 NHL Playoffs Most Valuable Player, all while playing with a cracked rib sustained in the Western Conference First Round."

It even gives credit to the late singer Laura Branigan's 1982 hit song "Gloria," played after Blues victories, for "uniting fans across the country."

The resolution instructed the secretary of the Senate to transmit copies to Blues chairman Tom Stillman, general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Craig Berube.

Before he introduced the resolution Thursday, Blunt took to the Senate floor Tuesday and sang the Blues praises.

"Senator Hawley and I look forward to hosting the Stanley Cup here at the Senate, so all my colleagues will get to see the joy we have in seeing that [Cup] come to our state," he said. "I look forward to hearing our fans sing 'Gloria' many more times next year when we defend our title as champions."

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