After 52 years in the National Hockey League, the St. Louis Blues have finally won the coveted Stanley Cup. The win following a seven-game championship series was an incredible team effort, but who makes up the team is also incredible. There are twenty-six players on the team, and twenty-three of them are international players, hailing from Russia, Sweden, and Canada. It’s hard to separate the team from its international makeup. The Blues would not be the same without Canadian Jordan Binnington in goal or without goal-scoring powerhouse Vladimir Tarasenko of Russia.
The Stanley Cup itself is also of international origin. According to NHL.com, the history of the cup can be traced back to 1892 in Canada when Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston bought the original cup as a prize for the best hockey team in the country. Since then, the trophy changed form a few times before 1958 when it took the shape of the cup we see today. At first, it was an award only Canadian teams could compete for until 1916 when the first American hockey team competed for the prize. More and more American teams began competing until 1926 when the cup became solely an NHL trophy.
The Stanley Cup has a long, rich tradition as one of the most coveted sports trophies, and now the Blues are a part of this legacy. The St. Louis Blues are proud of its players, hailing from all across the globe and finding a connection in the shared love of the sport. Whether you were born in St. Louis or across the ocean, the Blues connect us all together as players and fans. The World Affairs Council is proud to support a team whose goals so closely align with our own mission: to connect St. Louis to the world. While we work to accomplish our mission through speaker series, community engagement, and inviting international leaders to St. Louis, the Blues take a slightly different approach. The Blues connect St. Louis to the world through hockey games across the country, through a fanbase that spans the globe, and by showing all who watch the unwavering determination of their home city.
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Mackenzie MacEachern, Pat Maroon, Zach Sanford
Ivan Barbashev, Vladimir Tarasenko
Carl Gunnarsson, Oskar Sundqvist
Jake Allen, Jordan Binnington, Sammy Blais, Robert Bortuzzo, Jay Bouwmeester, Tyler Bozak, Michael Del Zotto, Vince Dunn, Joel Edmundson, Robby Fabbri, Ryan O’Reilly, Colton Parayko, David Perron, Alex Pietrangelo (Captain), Brayden Schenn, Jaden Schwartz, Alexander Steen, Robert Thomas, Chris Thorburn