The city of St. Louis held a parade for the Blues on Saturday to celebrate the team’s first Stanley Cup in its 52-year existence. There were many notable moments from the day including Laila Anderson holding up the NHL’s championship trophy to Brett Hull singing Gloria poorly.
But the most spectacular and heartwarming moment wasn’t on TV. It was captured by Michelle Smallmon, the
co-host of The Bernie Show in St. Louis.
Vladimir Tarasenko went out of his way to make one Blues fan feel very special.
— Michelle Smallmon (@msmallmon) June 15, 2019
The video starts showing Tarasenko hugging the fan. The Russian forward then takes his jersey and autographs it, as the fan looks on in shock. Tarasenko then follows it up with another heartwarming embrace.
Tarasenko’s kind gesture has gone viral on Twitter as the video has gotten 2k retweets and 11k favorites, including from Tarasenko himself. A parade observer noted that Tarasenko jumped off the firetruck to come over to say thank you to the fan for his support.
Vlady jumped off the back of the fire truck he was on to do this. ❤️❤️❤️❤️
— Chris Gillam 🐝🔧 (@cmgillam) June 16, 2019
This is the second time this week Tarasenko has been spotted singling out a fan and making them feel special. On Friday, Tarasenko spotted a kid in a wheelchair at the team’s party at OB Clark’s and brought the Stanley Cup to him.
Very cool, Vladimir Tarasenko spots kid in a wheelchair in crowd of 100s outside OB Clark's as Blues players and alumni party & celebrate Stanley Cup victory. Tarasenko points boy brings the cup through crowd to him. https://t.co/1qH6DePbhZ via @stltoday pic.twitter.com/zaQfdazdGr
— David Carson (@PDPJ) June 14, 2019
The gestures conclude arguably the best week in Tarasenko’s life. Tarasenko’s wife Yana gave birth to the couple’s third child, a third boy, on Friday and six days later, Baby Tarasenko got to sleep in the Stanley Cup. The family is clearly living their best life.
Headline photo: @msmallmon
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