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Alex Pietrangelo is Using the Stanley Cup to Raise Money For Charity

Alex Pietrangelo #27 of the St. Louis Blues holds the Stanley Cup

The St. Louis Blues won the Stanley Cup last season, overcoming a slow start to turn into one of the hottest teams in the league heading into the playoffs and carrying that momentum all the way to a championship. As is the tradition in hockey, each player on the winning team gets to spend a day with the Stanley Cup, traveling wherever they’d like with it.

Team Captain Alex Pietrangelo’s day with the Stanley Cup is on Saturday, August 24. The 29-year-old has decided to use part of his day with the Stanley Cup to do some good in his community.

St. Louis made the postseason against the odds

Jordan Binnington sparked St. Louis's remarkable run
Jordan Binnington sparked St. Louis’s remarkable run | Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

On January 8, 2019, the Blues were a long shot to even make the playoffs at 17-20-4 through the first half of their season. St. Louis was going off at as much as 250/1 to win the Stanley Cup at that time.

But then, things started to turn around. New head coach Craig Berube turned the reigns over in goal to rookie Jordan Binnington, who took the starting position and ran with it. And the Blues started winning; fueled by an 11-game winning streak in the month of February, St. Louis surged into the playoffs on a 24-6-4 run over their last 34 games.

And then made the most of it

The Blues took care of business in the playoffs, too. They defeated the Winnipeg Jets, Dallas Stars, San Jose Sharks, and Boston Bruins en route to their first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history.

St. Louis’s resiliency was the most impressive aspect of this run. The team went 8-2 in its 10 postseason games coming off of a loss, rarely letting the opposing team build any momentum off of a win. The Blues also went 10-3 on the road during the playoffs.

Alex Pietrangelo finished third on the team in scoring during the postseason with three goals and 16 assists. The team captain netted the game-winning goal in St. Louis’s 4-1 road win over the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

What Pietrangelo is doing on his day with the Cup

Alex Pietrangelo is carving out some time of his day with the Stanley Cup to raise money for a local charity. With the help of a St. Louis charitable organization called Blues for Kids, Pietrangelo is holding a raffle for the chance to win a 20-minute meet-and-greet with the star defenseman and the Stanley Cup.

Tickets will be sold for $1 each with all proceeds benefiting families of children battling life-threatening diseases. The winner of this raffle can bring up to nine friends to meet Alex Pietrangelo in downtown St. Louis and to take pictures with him and the Stanley Cup.

Fans can enter the raffle until 4 p.m. Central Time on August 16. This is a fantastic concept that will hopefully raise lots of money for a great cause and give 10 lucky fans a memory they will never forget with the Stanley Cup and the man who scored the game-winning goal to earn it.