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The city of St. Louis will always be known for MLB’s Cardinals. This has withstood the test of time. Major League Baseball is the sport that represents the Gateway to the West.

However, the St. Louis Blues thrilling Game 7 win over the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals adds a completely different layer to this story.

It’s a story of the then-St. Louis Rams captivating Missouri with the Greatest Show in Turf before utimately breaking their collective hearts by relocating to Los Angeles in 2016.

It’s a story that now includes St. Louis being a hockey town. According to NBC Sports, Game 7 against the Bruins on Wednesday drew higher television ratings in the city than the Rams’ Super Bowl LIII loss to the New England Patriots.

Given the staggering difference between the popularity of hockey and football within these United States, this is an awe-inspiring number right here.

A total of 64 of the top-100 television programs back in 2018 were NFL related. The NHL did not have one program within the top 100.

There’s two factors that go into this. St. Louis was captivated by the Blues’ first ever title. Meanwhile, the city is still hurting from the Rams relocation to Southern California.