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Blues fans’ baby was in Stanley Cup 20 minutes after birth

Ann Marie Vancil, the newborn baby of Blues fans was just 20 minutes old when she broke the record for youngest baby to sit in the Stanley Cup.

Tuesday, Jan. 4 would have already been a special day for the Vancil family, as baby Anne Marie was born. It went from special to, apparently, record-breaking when, about 20 minutes after Anne Marie was born, she was placed in the Stanley Cup.

Granted, Anne Marie Vancil wasn’t placed directly in the Stanley Cup. Her parents are superstitious St. Louis Blues fans, so measures were taken to wrap Anne Marie’s infant self in the proper towels before she was placed in one of the most recognizable trophies in sport.

(And you thought you were a hardcore hockey fan.)

Apparently, the previous record for youngest human placed in the Stanley Cup was 97 minutes, and it was a child of a Chicago Blackhawks executive. Just another chapter in that rivalry, eh?

Philip Pritchard, aka “The Keeper of the Cup,” also shared this news ... you know, in case your mind was blown enough that you need to see further confirmation (understandable).

Here’s another shot of adorable, record-breaking Ann Marie:


It’s going to be tough to top that record and ... maybe people shouldn’t try? Just saying.

Game 5 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final airs on NBC at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday (stream here).

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.