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He could not possibly be more Canadian. 

By Dan Gartland
June 13, 2019

He could not possibly be more Canadian

The presentation of the Stanley Cup to the winning team is truly unique. In no other sport does the winning team take turns lifting the trophy and presenting the trophy. And in no other sport does the network broadcasting the celebration let the players get away with dropping so many F-bombs during the ceremony. Seriously, watch the whole trophy ceremony here and see if you can count how many variations of “f--- yeah!” you can count.

Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly did his fair share of cursing while hoisting the Cup for the first time, but was very bashful when he let his profanity spill over into a live TV interview.

“Once we got that lead, we knew we were gonna f---in’ get it,” O’Reilly said, before catching himself and apologizing in the most endearing way possible.

It’s the Stanley Cup, you’re supposed to be swearing! It’s a million times better than using the old “pucks in deep” cliché.

That interview honestly belongs in the Hockey Hall of Fame. There’s no better encapsulation of hockey culture. The pure joy after winning the Cup, the big playoff beard on a guy who played with a broken rib for six weeks, the extremely Canadian apology. It’s perfect.

About that game...

Game 7 was never much of a contest and the Blues completed a stunning turnaround from literally worst to first.

They can thank rookie goaltender Jordan Binnington for that, after he stood on his head to hold Boston to only one goal.

After losing in the Stanley Cup Final in each of their first three years in existence, the Blues are finally champions. St. Louis was absolutely rocking for the victory, including at a rainy Busch Stadium.

Down the road at Chaifetz Arena, Phish was playing a show and opened their second set of the night with the Blues’ unofficial theme song “Gloria.”

They also covered the Rolling Stones’ “Loving Cup.”

The win was extra special for Blues superfan Laila Anderson, who is battling a life-threatening immune disorder.

She even got to lift the Cup.

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A good song

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