Jamaica’s history-making ice hockey team has come in for praise after shocking Colombia on Sunday to win the 2019 Amerigol LATAM Cup at the Florida Panthers Ice Den.

Connor McDavid has his sights set on joining the Edmonton Oilers at training camp, but the captain is not putting a strict timetable on his rehabilitation.

Oilers centerman and three-time NHL All-Star McDavid suffered a serious left knee injury in April.

The 22-year-old Canadian suffered a posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) injury after sliding into the post of the Calgary Flames' net.

McDavid was asked about his recovery and he spoke briefly about it at the annual BioSteel camp on Monday.

"[I'm] progressing well, making progress every day… no [setbacks]. It's been different, just focusing on that; it's taken a lot of time, but it's been good," McDavid said.

"I got back on the ice a couple of months ago … we're just working hard to get to camp and we'll focus on that … obviously [BioSteel] is a camp that I enjoy, but I already worked out this morning and skated up at Gary [Roberts' Athletic Training Program], I'm just doing my own thing, I just need to focus on that right now.

"I'm just focusing on my rehab and the injury itself; it's tough to focus on anything else. It's coming back together.

"Ultimately I don't want to come back too early and make sure that it's fully healed and you're not going to get hurt again. But I'm not too worried about that."

Oilers general manager Ken Holland said in mid-June no surgery would be required, and the team expect McDavid will be ready for training camp in September. 

McDavid – the number one pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, has 372 points (128 goals, 244 assists) in 287 games.

He finished the 2019 season second in the NHL with 116 points (41 goals, 75 assists).

McDavid, a league MVP candidate, was expected to play for Canada at the 2019 IIHF World Championships next month, but he will continue to recover instead.

NHL Stanley Cup champion Pat Maroon joined the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was announced on Saturday.

A free agent after helping hometown team the St Louis Blues win the Stanley Cup, Maroon signed a one-year, $900,000 deal.

Maroon scored 10 goals and tallied 18 assists for the Blues last season.

"We're very pleased to add Pat to our organisation today," Tampa Bay vice president and general manager Julien BriseBois said in a statement.

"He brings size and physicality to our group as well as significant playoff experience. We expect Pat's to be a great addition to the roster." 

The 31-year-old forward was born in St Louis and wanted to play for the team his entire career and had his first chance last season.

Maroon did not produce great numbers during the regular season, but the veteran made his time worth it with the Blues by scoring the game-winning goal in double-overtime of game seven of the Western Conference semi-finals against the Dallas Stars.

St Louis went on to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in seven games against the Boston Bruins.

Maroon now joins a Tampa Bay team that set the record for most wins in a season last campaign (62) and was second all-time in points with 128.

Despite that, the Lightning exited the playoffs after a sweep at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round.

Chris Paul did not get what he wanted, but he is apparently not too mad about it.

In the meantime in MLB, batters really need to start watching their heads.

And in the NHL a ton is happening, and yet, nothing actually is.

 

1. Paul staying with Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder had hoped to move Paul quickly after acquiring him in a package for Russell Westbrook last week, but that is apparently not going to happen.

Paul is likely to start the season in Oklahoma City, according to ESPN, and could play out a good portion of the campaign, or even longer, there.

Oklahoma City reportedly tried to move Paul to the Heat, but their proposals were not to the liking of Miami, so Paul, and his three years and more than $100million left on his contract, will stay with the Thunder.

Fortunately, both Paul and the Thunder reportedly see value in him sticking around, so it is not a total loss for either party.

2. Plunk wars

It is that time of year. Baseball players are throwing at each other again and two pitchers were suspended for their actions on Wednesday after throwing at the heads of opponents a day earlier.

Philadelphia Phillies reliever Hector Neris was mad at himself so he threw at David Freese.

Then, Los Angeles Angels reliever Noe Ramirez threw at Jake Marisnick for breaking his catcher's nose and giving him a concussion.

Both players were suspended for three games. Both men will appeal.

 

3. NHL has oddly eventful week

For some reason there was a lot going on in the NHL this week. There were several signings and a somewhat notable trade.

- The Chicago Blackhawks traded Artem Anisimov to the Ottawa Senators for Zack Smith.
- Minnesota Wild re-signed Ryan Donato to a two-year deal after he excelled following his trade there for Charlie Coyle at the deadline.
- The Washington Capitals re-signed Jakub Vrana to a two-year deal.
- Colorado Avalanche signed J.T. Compher to a four-year deal but still have not given Mikko Rantanen an offer.

Rantanen remains unsigned as do other restricted free agent stars such as Patrick Laine (Winnipeg Jets), Matthew Tkachuk (Calgary Flames), Brayden Point (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs).

All of these men face holdouts if they do not get the deals they want, but with all of the contracts already handed out teams simply might not have enough money to give especially with a lower salary cap than many anticipated. There could be a lot of disappointed young players this offseason.

 

4. Falcons, Deion Jones agree to four-year, $57m deal

This is how much Deion Jones means to the Atlanta Falcons defense.

After going down early in the season to injury, Jones was still given a four-year, $57m deal on Wednesday. Jones played in just six games in 2018, but Atlanta clearly have no concern about his long-term health and locked him up accordingly.

The Falcons are due for a bounce-back season if they are healthy and Jones will be a big part of it.

St Louis Blues goalie Jordan Binnington has signed a contract extension after helping the NHL franchise to Stanley Cup glory.

The Blues rewarded Binnington with a two-year deal worth $8.8million, avoiding arbitration with the Calder Trophy finalist.

Binnington was called up to the Blues in the middle of the season and took over the starting job in January when St Louis had the worst record in the NHL.

He proceeded to go 24-5-1 and won 16 games in the playoffs to lead the Blues to their first Stanley Cup title.

"I'm happy to get this deal done with the St Louis Blues," Binnington told stlouisblues.com. "To the city of St Louis, thank you for welcoming me in and trusting me to do me.

"I'm excited and motivated to keep doing my job and keep bringing success to the St. Louis Blues organisation."

Binnington finished second in the Calder Trophy voting to Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson and was in contention to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, which is awarded to the best player in the postseason.

The 26-year-old went 16-10 in the playoffs with a .914 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average. He was removed from just one game and returned to start the next one and won that in the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins.

"We are pleased to have Jordan signed for two more years," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "His play was outstanding and we look forward to seeing him continue to be a major contributor for our team."

 

Sports did not matter in the United States this week.

While there are always things more important than games going on where we watch to see grown men throw a ball or catch it, this week that truly hit home.

The NFL and MLB were hit with serious news off the field that made their games take a back seat.

 

1. NFL, MLB struck by tragedy

The first week of July in 2019 will always be remembered in football and baseball circles. That is because both leagues were hit by harsh tragedy and lives taken far too early.

Former New York Giants quarterback Jared Lorenzen and Los Angeles Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs died this week and games became secondary.

Lorenzen was admitted to hospital last week and looked to be getting better as time went along, but his family announced his sudden passing on Wednesday at the young age of 38.

Skaggs' death was far more shocking as he had just pitched last week and was found dead in his hotel room on Monday. He was 27.

Tributes poured for each man and Los Angeles cancelled their game against the Texas Rangers on Monday. This was simply a week which will always be known for lives taken too soon.

2. Free agent frenzy

While the untimely deaths of two professional athletes reverberated across USA, games were still played and free agents still signed in both the NHL and NBA.

The balance of power has shifted in both leagues as two-time Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky signed with the Florida Panthers and one of the best wingers in the game in Artemi Panarin signed with the New York Rangers.

Those moves changed things in the NHL, but the NBA might have seen even more of a shift as Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving both signed with the Brooklyn Nets, Jimmy Butler was reportedly traded to the Miami Heat and D'Angelo Russell moved to the Warriors. Golden State also signed Willie Cauley-Stein days after losing Durant.

Things are going to be different next year and the biggest domino in free agency has not even fallen yet. Kawhi Leonard remains unsigned.

3. Phil Kessel traded to Coyotes

While the Rangers getting Panarin is an absolutely huge move of a dynamic player, the move of Phil Kessel might be just as big.

The former Penguins winger was rumoured to be on the move all offseason and finally was sent off officially on Saturday as Pittsburgh traded him to the Arizona Coyotes.

Now, two teams that did not make the playoffs last year all of a sudden have an injection of talent which at least makes their divisions much more difficult.

It also makes the NHL even more interesting.

4. Ezekiel Elliott avoids suspension

It seems like every offseason, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is being discussed as getting a possible suspension, but he has at least avoided one this year as it was announced he would not be disciplined for an incident in Las Vegas in which he allegedly shoved a security guard and was handcuffed.

He met with the NFL to talk about the incident and came away without a suspension.

Elliott had shared a statement on Twitter, confirming the meeting and promising to work hard to ensure he stays out of trouble in the future.

"I need to work harder on myself to ensure I do not put myself in compromised situations in the future," Elliott wrote, in part. "I am rededicating myself to use all of the resources that the league has made available. But in the end, it is up to me and I am determined not to be in this position again."

The NBA is a truly global competition, as it showed during its 2018-19 awards ceremony.

A hockey coach got a reward and a young flamethrower is done for the year.

All that and more this week in US Sports.

 

1. Global flavour dominates NBA awards

The NBA is truly a global competition now. Don't believe us? Well, think about this. The NBA handed out its awards this week. Giannis Antetokounmpo won the MVP, Pascal Siakam won Most Improved Player, Rudy Gobert got Defensive Player of the Year, Luka Doncic won Rookie of the Year and Lou Williams won the Sixth Man of the Year.

Every single one of those players are from different countries (Greece, Cameroon, France, Slovenia and the United States) and three continents are represented as well.

It was a banner night for the NBA and the world of basketball.

2. Craig Berube awarded appropriately

Craig Berube changed the Blues franchise forever. When he took over St Louis' team in November, they were bad. When he decided to bench Jake Allen, they were even worse, having the worst record in the NHL as of January 5.

But after a move to put Jordan Binnington in net and an insistence to play physically down the road and into the postseason, the Blues went from worst to first in the span of six months and won the Stanley Cup.

When St Louis won the cup – the first in franchise history – Berube was still the team's interim coach. That is not true anymore though as he was given a three-year deal this week and named the team's official coach. It is a well-deserved honour for possibly the most important coach in the history of the organisation.

3. Cardinals flamethrower done for the year

One of the most exciting young arms in MLB will not be pitching again this season.

Jordan Hicks, 22, suffered a torn UCL this week, will have Tommy John surgery and will be out for the rest of the year. The St Louis Cardinals closer has made a massive name for himself by lighting up the radar gun repeatedly at 105 mph.

Fans will now have to wait to watch him light up a radar gun until some point next season. It was a sad day for the game, but an even sadder one for Hicks. The young man was becoming a sensation and now his story will have to wait.

4. Hawks acquire Evan Turner

The Hawks are going to look like a much different team next season. Atlanta have already dealt Taurean Prince to the Brooklyn Nets in a salary dump and now they have dealt Kent Bazemore to the Portland Trail Blazers in return for Evan Turner.

After drafting De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, the team are likely to have a very different starting lineup next season featuring players all in their first, second or third years. But with the addition of Turner, he could give Atlanta a veteran to start at shooting guard which would allow second-year guard Kevin Huerter to come off the bench.

Atlanta are making moves and their rotation looks very interesting. As for Bazemore, according to ESPN, he gives Portland a viable backup plan for Rodney Hood and a little more depth in their rotation.

Just another little move before the start of free agency which could make next season more entertaining.

The New Jersey Devils have acquired defenseman P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators, both teams announced on Saturday.

The Predators will receive defensemen Steven Santini and Jeremy Davies and two draft picks.

Subban's $9million cap hit had been the highest on the Nashville roster. That had led to speculation he might be dealt, but the Montreal Canadiens and Vancouver Canucks had been viewed as the two most likely destinations.

The 30-year-old Subban, who won the 2013 Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defenseman, spent three seasons in Nashville after starting his career in Montreal. He helped lead the Predators to the Stanley Cup Final in 2017.

"We had to make a business decision. With an aim at strengthening our forward corps this offseason, and with the continued strength of our defensive group, we felt it was necessary to clear up salary cap space this way," Predators president of hockey operations and general manager David Poile said in a statement.

"We appreciate P.K.'s contribution to the Predators and the Nashville community over the past three seasons, which have seen our organisation have unprecedented success."

Subban had 31 points (nine goals and 22 assists) in 63 games last season.

The New Jersey Devils got their man, selecting center Jack Hughes with the first pick in the NHL Draft on Friday.

In an unsurprising move, New Jersey took United States National Team Development Program (NTDP) center Hughes.

Hughes has been the top prospect in the draft before the season even started.

When his brother, Quinn, was taken number seven overall in 2018, Hughes became the focus.

Hughes, 18, scored 34 goals and added 78 assists for the NTDP this year.

He broke the NTPD's career scoring record and averaged more than two points per game this season. He was widely seen as a surefire top pick and should be a cornerstone for any team in the middle for years to come.

The only question about the top selection was whether the Devils would go rogue and take Finland winger Kaapo Kakko instead. He jumped up draft boards over the second half of the season and really came into the spotlight when he scored five goals in the first two games of the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in May.

Kakko helped Finland to a championship and had some people asking if he could overtake Hughes as the number one prospect.

The New York Rangers picked Kakko with the second selection.

Everything in the NBA is happening right now, and yet nothing is happening.

In MLB, the New York Yankees added more pop and Max Scherzer reminded everyone why he is the most intimidating pitcher in baseball.

During the NHL awards, Nikita Kucherov got the respect he deserved.

All that and more on this week in US Sports.

 

1. NBA isn't waiting for the offseason

NBA teams are not patient when it comes to offseason moves. While free agents cannot sign with teams until June 30 and trades cannot be made official until July 6, that has not stopped players from being moved and being rumoured to be on the move.

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans over the weekend and the Utah Jazz picked up Mike Conley from the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday. Both teams also got draft picks in those deals so the NBA Draft on Thursday is going to look very odd.

Los Angeles will be picking at New Orleans' direction at number four and Utah will be selecting at Memphis' behest with 23. The draft will be very confusing to be sure especially since the Pelicans are reportedly shopping the pick they received from the Lakers.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that Kyrie Irving may or may not already know where he is going in free agency and the Golden State Warriors are contemplating a sign-and-trade with Kevin Durant. And again, none of this can be official for at least 10 days. It is all very confusing and yet still entertaining. That is the NBA in a nutshell.

 

2. Yankees add even more pop

The Yankees are not taking any chances this season with the power in their line-up. They went out and picked up Seattle Mariners designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion for cash and a prospect on Saturday and now feature a line-up that could have as many as five 30-home run hitters in it, or even more.

And the Yankees get Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton back this week. This is the definition of an embarrassment of riches, but in a division with defending World Series champions the Boston Red Sox and another very good team in the Tampa Bay Rays, a team can never have enough firepower and the Yankees certainly have plenty of that.

 

3. Kucherov closes season with a bang

Tampa Bay Lightning star Kucherov was the best player in the NHL this season hands down. He led the league in assists with 87, collected 128 points which was the most since 1995-96 and helped Tampa Bay to the most wins in NHL history with 62.

He was rewarded in kind at the NHL awards on Wednesday, winning the Art Ross Trophy, the Ted Lindsay Award and the Hart Trophy. He played great and the league knew it. Now he is officially an MVP.

 

4. Scherzer bows to no man — or baseball

Washington Nationals ace Scherzer has won three Cy Young Awards for a reason — he is both one of the best pitchers in baseball and also one of the game's fiercest competitors.

Scherzer broke his nose on a foul ball during batting practice on Tuesday and refused not to pitch on Wednesday. It was a good idea for manager Dave Martinez to listen to him because he went out and tossed seven scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts.

We are all witnesses to greatness.

Tampa Bay Lightning star Nikita Kucherov has been crowned the NHL's most valuable player after winning the Hart Memorial Trophy.

The 26-year-old Lightning winger, who led the NHL with 128 points for the season, beat out Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid to the award.

Kucherov is the first Russian-born player to win the Hart Trophy since Alex Ovechkin in 2013 and the second Lightning player ever to win it (Martin St. Louis, 2004).

"I'd like to thank my team-mates, coaches, our trainers as well as our ownership and the Tampa Bay Lightning organisation for everything you do for us, for supporting us," Kucherov said. "A big part of this award goes to you guys."

Kucherov dominated the voting, collecting 164 of 171 first-place votes to finish with 1,677 points, ahead of Crosby (739) and McDavid (465) on Wednesday.

The 2011 second-round pick also won the Art Ross Trophy for leading the NHL in scoring and the Ted Lindsay Award for most outstanding player, as voted by the players.

It was a fitting end to Kucherov's season as he was the best player on the ice from start to finish. He had 38 multi-point games for Tampa Bay – the most in the NHL since the 2006-07 season (Crosby, 38).

He was just the fourth player to eclipse 120 points since 2005-06 and his 128 points were the most in a single season since Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr scored more in 1995-96.

The San Jose Sharks have re-signed Erik Karlsson to an eight-year contract.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though TSN reported it is worth more than $11million per season.

San Jose went into negotiations with the upper hand over other teams, who were unable to speak with Karlsson and his representatives before July 1.

Karlsson logged three goals and 42 assists in 53 regular-season games in his first year with the Sharks as he dealt with numerous injuries. He added an additional two goals and 14 assists in 19 playoff games but missed the Western Conference Finals.

"We are extremely pleased that Erik and his wife Melinda have committed to the San Jose Sharks and that they have done so prior to July 1," general manager Doug Wilson said in a release. 

"Players with Erik's elite level of talent are rare and when they become available, it's important to be aggressive in pursuing them.

"He is a difference maker who consistently makes the players around him better. We are pleased that he has been proactive in addressing his injury from last season and are looking forward to him being part of our organisation for a long time to come."

Now San Jose will shift focus to re-signing captain Joe Pavelski and veteran Joe Thornton, though Karlsson's huge contract may make doing so more difficult.

Pavelski, who turns 35 on July 11, scored 38 goals last season, just three fewer than his career high of 41.

Thornton will be 40 on July 2 and is likely to come back on a one-year deal if he does return. He has long said he wants to finish his career in San Jose, but his future hinges on what the Sharks give other free agents.

Carl Hagelin is staying with the Washington Capitals after signing a contract extension.

The Capitals announced on Sunday they have signed the veteran winger to a four-year contract extension worth $11million.

The deal will net Hagelin an average of $2.75m a year. He is coming off a four-year deal worth $16m that he signed with the Anaheim Ducks in 2015 and was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

"We are pleased to have signed Carl to a new four-year contract," Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said in a release.

"Carl is a versatile player who can play on any line and is an excellent penalty killer. He is a proven winner and provides great leadership to our team."

Hagelin, 30, was selected by the New York Rangers in the sixth round of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and was later traded to the Ducks in 2015. However, he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins midway though the season.

He remained in Pittsburgh until last November, when he was traded to the Kings after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups with the Penguins. But his tenure in Los Angeles did not last, as he was acquired by the Capitals in February for a pair of draft picks.

Hagelin had five goals and 14 assists in 58 games between the three teams last season, including three goals and eight assists in 20 regular-season games for Washington. He added one assist in seven playoff games.

It was a weird week in the United States, but an eventful one.

Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant was dealt a catastrophic injury, but that was not even the biggest news.

The Stanley Cup Final was decided, an MLB great was shot and the New York Giants may have some indecision on their quarterback position.

 

1. Blues complete improbable championship run

There may be no crazier sports story this year than the St Louis Blues. The hockey team out of Missouri defeated the Boston Bruins in seven games to win their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.

But that is not the crazy part. Here are just a few of the highlights:

- St Louis fired their head coach on November 20.
- The Blues were in dead last in the NHL on January 3.
- The team benched their goalie Jake Allen around the same time.
- A rookie goalie took over the starting job.
- They then made the playoffs as the number three seed in their division after that goalie went 24-5-1 in the regular season.
- Defeated the Winnipeg Jets in the first round in six games, the Dallas Stars in seven in the second, the San Jose Sharks in six and the Bruins in seven.
- Their rookie goalie Jordan Binnington won more playoff games than any rookie ever has (16).
- Their interim coach Craig Berube still does not officially have the coaching job.

That is only part of the story. What St Louis did was off the charts insane and it helped them win their first championship.

2. David Ortiz shot

There was some weird stuff happening this week as Red Sox great David Ortiz was shot in a nightclub over the weekend.

At first it was reported he was shot in a robbery attempt but there appears set to be more to the story.

3. Raiders get Hard Knocks

You want drama? You got it, because the Oakland Raiders have been chosen as the team to be on this coming season of HBO's Hard Knocks. For those who do not know, this is a show which goes behind the scenes with an NFL team during training camp.

Last season featured a Cleveland Browns team in clear disarray where Hue Jackson was clearly at odds with offensive coordinator Todd Haley and both men were later fired during the season.

This year, newly acquired wide receiver Antonio Brown will be featured with the Raiders while coach Jon Gruden will be in the spotlight as well. There are bound to be fireworks from day one and we cannot wait to see them.

 

4. Eli Manning's starting job at risk?

Maybe Eli Manning will not be the Giants' starting quarterback this year. At least it sure sounded like this week that coach Pat Shurmur was not exactly fully on board with going into this season with the two-time Super Bowl winner at the helm.

"We're gonna play the very best player," Shurmur said, via Newsday. "I know we're dancing around the words here, but right now Eli is getting ready to have a great year and Daniel [Jones] is getting ready to play. We'll just see what happens.

"We feel good where Eli is, he's our starting quarterback, and we've got a young player that we think is going to be an outstanding player getting himself ready to play."

That does not exactly sound like a vote of confidence for Manning, and with a first-round draft pick spent on a quarterback there could be a lot of pressure to get Jones into the game. We will see how long Manning has the job and if fans start clamouring for him to be replaced.

5. MLB trade rumour season in full swing

With the changes in MLB's trade rules this year as deals can no longer be made after July 31, the rumour season is in full swing. There are already plenty going around and we will give you a few.

- The New York Yankees have contacted the Toronto Blue Jays about Marcus Stroman and will not break the bank on Madison Bumgarner.
- The Cleveland Indians could entertain dealing Francisco Lindor and the Washington Nationals could possibly move Max Scherzer.
- The San Diego Padres might move on from Kirby Yates and Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene is also available.
- Detroit are apparently open for business too as they have started listening to offers for Cy Young dark horse Matthew Boyd and their best player in Nicholas Castellanos.

Trade season is real and it is spectacular.

Pat Maroon summed up years of frustration for the St Louis Blues coming to an end as they finally lifted the Stanley Cup, when he said: "Holy cow. We brought it home."

Born and raised in the Missouri city, Maroon finally got the chance to play professional hockey for the team he supported as a boy when he was acquired by the Blues last July.

Maroon might have made more money elsewhere but the pull of representing his home side swayed the now 31-year-old winger, and how the move has paid off.

The Blues won the Stanley Cup Final with a 4-1 victory in Game 7 over the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, leading Maroon to say: "We've been waiting for this for so many freaking years. And to be from St Louis and put this sweater on every night… holy cow. We brought it. We brought it home."

The Blues were preparing to party into the weekend as they boarded their flight home after the game, and Maroon said, according to nhl.com: "I can't even fathom what this is going to be like these next few days with these fans.

"These fans deserve it more than anyone. We did it! We did. There's nothing else.

"We put everything on the line from January 3 on, and we deserve this. What a way to finish it off on the road where we play great, and all these people, all these media doubted us all year long."

January 3 is a pertinent date because the Blues were bottom of the NHL then, but now they are champions for the first time after a dramatic turnaround in results.

St Louis struggled under Mike Yeo's leadership in the early stages of the 2018-19 season and he was replaced by the experienced Craig Berube in November.

Maroon told NHL Network that Berube's impact was substantial.

He said: "I just think he was a guy who played and he knew how to understand it. He understood the players, he knew how to talk to us, and we did it.

"He was unbelievable, countless hours and countless work and everything we put in during the summer, and we did it tonight."

Maroon celebrated with his son, Anthony, and said: "It's amazing. I can't even cry anymore. This is nuts.

"Being from St Louis, I can't wait to party with people back at St Louis.

"I've been behind this team for so many years. It took 49 years to get their Stanley Cup and we did it tonight."

The Blues reached Stanley Cup Finals in 1968, 1969 and 1970, losing each time, and have had to wait until this season to get back there.

Maroon allowed his son to kiss the trophy, and said: "It's amazing. Look at him. Who wouldn't want it like that being from St Louis, signed in St Louis, winning the Stanley Cup and bringing it home, being with my family and friends?

"I can't wait for these next few days. This is truly something I'll never forget."

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