Rockwood students who also attend South Technical High School delivered 45 Stanley Cup replicas to St. Louis Blues players and staff at Enterprise Center on Dec. 19.
The replicas are meant to serve as holiday ornaments and were made by students in precision machining class. South Tech is a Special School District facility that serves other St. Louis County school districts, including Rockwood.
George Allen is a senior at Eureka High School.
"We got to Enterprise Center and waited for some St. Louis Blues representatives to present the gifts to," said Allen. He added that South Tech officials made prior arrangements to meet with representatives of the Blues. Team officials were familiar with the project thanks to a television news story about it.
"Making the Stanley Cup replicas was a long process," said Allen. "The coding and the Mastercam work took a day for each one. Then to actually produce the parts and fine-tune them took a couple weeks, editing code and running practice parts."
Allen said it took another week to engrave each one with the Blue Note and a number.
"Each player gets his own number engraved on the bottom," said Allen. "Then coaches, medical staff, trainers and Laila Anderson each get a Blue Note on the bottom."
It's a high school project Allen won't soon forget.
"I'm excited this project got this much attention," he said. "I'm glad I got to go to Enterprise Center to deliver them."
Allen said the packaging itself was a process and a work of art.
"We had them all boxed up nicely with sturdy cardboard and Plexiglas," said Allen. "Then a teacher laser-engraved the outline of the Stanley Cup replicas into it, so each one would fit securely. We laser-engraved 'South Tech' along the bottom, along with an image of the Blue Note and the Stanley Cup."