It’s not under the circumstances St. Louis Blues’ fans would want, but the Stanley Cup is coming to the St. Louis area this week.
St. Charles native Brandon Bollig, who spent much of youth skating on the ice at the St. Peters’ Rec-Plex, will be bringing home hockey’s ultimate prize. Bollig was a member of the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks, and he will be displaying hockey’s Holy Grail this Wednesday at the St. Peters Rec-Plex.
The Blackhawks defeated the Boston Bruins for their 2nd Cup in four years under head coach Joel Quenneville.
Bollig, who graduated in 2005 from Francis Howell North High School and played for the St. Peters Spirit, played in 25 games this past season for the Blackhawks. However, he had no points, but he amassed 51 penalty minutes in an enforcer role. In 5 playoff games, he had 2 penalty minutes.
His lone NHL goal came in a 2012 Playoff game against the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bollig will be the first St. Louis native to have his name engraved on the Cup. The Cup has five bands beneath it, and the names of players and coaches of each winning team are engraved on it.
Tradition dictates that each player on the Stanley Cup winning team gets to spend one day with the Cup, which is the oldest trophy competed for in professional sports in North America. The Montreal Hockey Club won the first Stanley Cup in 1893, and the National Hockey League began awarding the Cup in 1927.
Wednesday, the public can view the Cup from 4:30-6:00 with a $5 admission fee for adults. Proceeds will benefit the St. Louis Children’s Hospital.