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SportsPulse: The St. Louis Blues have made history in winning their first ever Stanley Cup. As Kevin Allen puts it, no city in America deserves it more.
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Barclay, the St. Louis Blues’ adopted yellow Labrador Retriever puppy, has grown a lot since he became an Internet sensation by running around the ice with a stick and a puck at 5 months old after a team practice in December.

And so have the Blues.

Back then, they were a struggling team on their way to dropping to last place in the league on Jan. 2. Then they rebounded with a furious stretch drive and won the first Stanley Cup in franchise history in June.

The Blues made sure that Barclay got his turn with the Cup as he chowed down from the bowl this week.

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And in an appropriate move, former Blues great Bob Plager, whose late brother was the inspiration for the dog’s name, was there for the moment.

According to a tweet from Keeper of the Cup, Phil Pritchard, Barclay was nervous at first around the shiny trophy, but he eventually warmed up.

Barclay was adopted by the Blues to help socialize him so he can become a service dog. He was voted the best team dog earlier this month in the NHL Fan Choice Awards.

The Cup was back in the hands of its human winners Wednesday night as Blues players brought it to a St. Louis Cardinals game at Busch Stadium.

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