Blues team pup Barclay drinks in his Stanley Cup celebration — and it's adorable

Barclay, the Blues’ team dog who became a viral internet star in the club’s worst-to-first championship run, had his day with the Stanley Cup on Wednesday.

Let’s just say he drank in the moment.

The young yellow Labrador retriever has grown to dog size since he was first seen online as puppy in December chasing a puck with a stick. And in the same span the Blues grew into unlikely NHL champions, the franchise’s first title since it entered the league in 1967.

Because of that connection, the Blues wanted to make sure Barclay got his traditional turn with the Cup.


dinner of champions #stlblues #StanleyCup

A post shared by Barclay (@stlbluespup) on Jun 25, 2019 at 2:20pm PDT

He wasn’t sure at first, according to Philip Pritchard, the official “keeper of the Cup,” but then the pup warmed to the task. It’s appropriate that former Blues great Bob Plager helped Barclay get over his celebration jitters. His late brother, another franchise icon, is who Barclay is named after.

The Lab has a backstory, too: He was adopted by the team to help socialize him, and he eventually will become a service dog. (Although he is adorable. He was voted the best team dog earlier this month in the NHL Fan Choice Awards.)


First team dog in @nhl history to win the #StanleyCup 🏆 #stlblues

A post shared by Barclay (@stlbluespup) on Jun 26, 2019 at 11:01am PDT

And though Barclay savored his moments with the Cup, it was back with the humans for celebrations later in the day.

Blues players brought it to the Cardinals game Wednesday night at Busch Stadium and continued the citywide celebration.

For feel-good background: Below is when most hockey fans were introduced to Barclay, via his first meeting with NBC Sports Network’s Doc Emrick: