'It's a hockey city now': Pat Maroon brings the Stanley Cup home again

The 31-year-old is still a free agent and said he'd "love to be here again"

July 20, 2019 - 1:18 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - Pat Maroon says back when he was young, ice hockey friends used to make fun of him for playing roller hockey at the All American Sports Mall rink, now operated by his Uncle Greg. Wonder if those kids were on his private invite list to see Lord Stanley when Maroon took it there for his first stop on Saturday morning? 

The St. Louis Blues forward has his day with the Stanley Cup, and KMOX was there at the South County rink with a few hundred friends who were invited to see the Cup. 

Maroon compared the rush of this day to "planning a wedding," as he let his shiny, sliver bride pose for photos with everyone who came. 

"I have to do a lot of private events, or the whole city of St. Louis would be here," Maroon says. "It's a special day for me to cherish these moments with the 250 people I invited, really private event that I feel like I know everyone here ... It really is amazing."

In a brief chat with media, Maroon spoke about what this day and this summer have meant to him, and about where he might be playing next season. Here is a transcript of part of that conversation: 

How's the summer been so far? 

"Well I'm a free agent still.

"It's been fun, it's been a really good summer. I'm just happy for the guys and what Doug (Armstrong) has done for this franchise for so many years and to bring a Stanley Cup back after 52 years, I mean it says a lot about this city, what we've been though and I think we can say it's a hockey city now, not a baseball city.

"To bring the Stanley Cup home as a St. Louis boy, you really can't put it into words."

Everyone has been so impressed by the "party" you guys have had.

"Yeah, we wanted to party with the fans and really just enjoy it and celebrate with them. And I think we did that. We all put the effort in to get out of our floats and made sure the Cup got down Market St. and made sure all the fans got to touch it and really and really took the time to enjoy it. And I feel like that's why hockey guys are the best athletes, because they really just want to enjoy it with everyone else. 

"That parade was something of a beauty. Everyone keeps telling me, 'You guys were the only ones to ever get out of your floats.' And yeah it was just that we really wanted to put the time and the effort in to enjoy it with the fans because they've been waiting just like us for 52 years."

Having his son Anthony with him for the parade:

"I've got some of the coolest pictures that I'll have for the rest of my life ... To have memories with Anthony is something me and him will cherish for the rest of our lives. And to come home, being away from him for nine years, to have him in my- ... seeing him everyday and just being a dad and being with him everyday and we won it together."

What's your feelings of where you'll play next season?

"I'm ready to compete and play for any team that wants me. I'm a guy that you can probably use in the locker room, a good veteran guy and I don't like to really pump my tires up too much, but I feel like I've done a good job of bringing guys together and I think anyone can use me right now.

What if this was a one-and-done thing, playing in St. Louis?

"St. Louis is home. So bringing the Cup home is something I'll never forget. 

"Maybe it's better that way. But all joking aside I would love to be with St. Louis. I would love to be here again ... I'm 31-years-old and I'm a big guy, but I can help someone's locker room for sure and help somone's team ... I still got it. I think I can get back to where I was a year ago. You know, obviously a frustrating year last year, but I came on strong the last four months and that's the game I'm suppose to play and I think I can get to that again."

Is the door still open for St. Louis? 

"Oh yeah, me and Doug talked. We've had good conversations and I think it's tough right, now a lot of restricted free agents right now ... But I'm just enjoying this. I'm going to soak it all in an enjoy this. I've got a lot left in the tank still. I've got three solid years I can give someone. So I'm just waiting and hopefully something happens. Good things always happen to good people."

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