The 2019 Stanley Cup was a historic moment for Missouri’s hockey team, the St. Louis Blues.
On May 21, the team advanced to the National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 49 years after winning the NHL’s Western Conference Final series in six games. Although the team had the most playoff appearances outside of the “Original Six” teams, the Blues had not played in the Stanley Cup since 1970 when they were swept by the Boston Bruins. In a historic rematch, the Blues defeated the Bruins 3-2 on May 29, winning their first Stanley Cup Finals series game in franchise history. On June 12, in the decisive seventh game of the NHL championship series, the Blues beat the Bruins 4-1, ending a 52-year drought. Before the historic victory, the Blues were the oldest team without a Stanley Cup win.
The team’s triumph evoked a sense of hometown pride and celebration in St. Louis. The parade and rally that followed the win were massive, drawing an estimated 300,000 people to the city streets near the Gateway Arch. Another 400,000 celebrated from home as they watched the event on television. These photographs depict the St. Louis parade toward the arch, as well as the St. Louis Blues, the team’s coaches and its players.
Categories: Arts & Culture
Subject: Sports; Ice hockey; St. Louis Blues
Contributing Institution: St. Louis Blues
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Region: St. Louis Metro
Photographer: Ben Divin
Photograph Date: 2019