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LAS VEGAS — Since that final buzzer last Wednesday night in Boston, it has been an incredible week for the Blues. (Featuring lots of beer consumption.) Amazingly, Jordan Binnington seems to remember all of it.

The Plane Ride Home: “We’re chillin’ in the air with the Stanley Cup and reading the names, and we’re drinking beer out of it,” Binnington said. “This team is a lot of fun to be a part of. And we know how to celebrate. So it’s something I’ll never forget.”

The Parade: “We didn’t really know what to expect really, and then five minutes in I just said: ‘We gotta get off this float and run around.’ You know?”

(Yeah, we saw. Particularly those moments with Binnington and the Oakville High School marching band.)

“They were giving me whatever — drums, trombone,” he said. “I nailed the drums, and then I got the pompoms going. It was pretty cool. A lot of fun.

“I was looking at my phone to see how many steps I got in that day. A lot of steps. Still recovering from that — 14,000-something. The city was incredibly excited. People hanging from the parking garages.”

Vegas, Baby: “Obviously, right from the parade, took a plane to Vegas and had some fun here,” he said. “Walking around in Vegas and people recognize you. We were going to clubs here and dinner reservations, and the whole place is cheering and they’re playing ‘Gloria’ on the speakers. It’s pretty crazy. So we’re all just amazed at the support we have and how excited people are.”

Most of the team left Las Vegas on Sunday and Monday. Binnington and Ryan O’Reilly still are here because they are finalists for various laurels at the NHL Awards show Wednesday at the Mandalay Bay resort.

Binnington said Monday was a “little rest day” for he and O’Reilly.

“Went for a nice dinner and now we’re slowing down,” he said. “It’s been a lot of fun this past week. But now I got family coming in and we’ll spend some time with them. We got the awards (Wednesday), and then back to St. Louis and head back to Toronto.”

Binnington’s mother, stepfather, stepmother, father, two sisters as well as someone he referred to as “the girl” will all be in the audience Wednesday to see if Binnington wins the Calder Trophy as the NHL rookie of the year.

“The girl,” by the way, is Binnington’s girlfriend — Cristine Prosperi.

The other finalists for the Calder are Buffalo Sabres defenseman Rasmus Dahlin and Vancouver Canucks forward Elias Pettersson.

Pettersson is considered the favorite, but it should be noted that voting was conducted at the end of the regular season. Had the voting been conducted at the end of the playoffs, Binnington would be the heavy favorite. Binnington was unaware how the voting worked until informed by a reporter Tuesday.

“It’s just the way it goes, and just got to hope for the best in that case,” he said. “Going up against a couple talented young players, I’m sure they’re excited, also.”

Binnington’s case might also be hurt by the fact that he didn’t make his first start until early January — Jan. 7 to be exact, a shutout victory in Philadelphia.

“We’ll see,” Binnington said. “It is what it is. We just won the Cup — pretty happy about that. But the Calder would great. I think I had a decent amount of wins. So we’ll see.”

Binnington went 24-5-1 in the regular season, setting Blues franchise records for wins and shutouts (five). He led the NHL with a 1.89 goals-against average.

Wednesday “should be a fun, exciting night,” he said. “A great experience to have my family here. It’s the first time I get to meet a lot of the elite players in the league and getting to know everyone. Everyone’s such good people. The hockey world’s incredible. All the hockey players are usually just great people to know, and welcoming, so it’s been fun.”

The only player in Blues history to win the Calder Trophy was Barret Jackman in 2002-03.

O’Reilly is up for two awards: the Lady Byng Trophy, which recognizes outstanding sportsmanship and outstanding play, and the Selke Trophy, which goes to the NHL’s best defensive forward.

O’Reilly won the Lady Byng in the 2013-14 season as a member of the Colorado Avalanche and was runner-up last season as a member of the Sabres.

“He’s a legend,” Binnington said of O’Reilly. “He’s a hockey player through and through. Incredible team guy. I wasn’t there for the first half of the year but the boys have flat-out said, without him . . . He just kept working and working and being positive, keeping quiet. And he kind of held the team together.”

The Blues’ Craig Berube is up for the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year ad Doug Armstrong is up for general manger of the year.

Armstrong might have the best chance to win among the Blues’ representatives, because voting for that award took place after two rounds of the playoffs. Voting for all the other awards occurred at the end of the regular season, which might hurt Berube’s chances because he didn’t take over for Mike Yeo until Nov. 19, nearly a quarter of the way into the season.

The Blues have had four winners of the Jack Adams honor: Ken Hitchcock (2011-12), Joel Quenneville (1999-2000), Brian Sutter (1990-91) and Red Berenson (1980-81).

This is only the 10th season for the GM of the Year, and Armstrong won it previously (2011-12) with the Blues.


Jim Thomas covers Blues hockey for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.