It hasn’t been Jake Allen’s year, to say the least. Without Brian Elliott sharing the goaltender duties, the St. Louis Blues have faltered a bit in net.
Allen slumped his way through January with a .835 save percentage over six games, and was even given a few days off for mental rest during the rough month. Yet, Allen was given a spark of hope from a young Blues fan named Mason Gilbert.
The note, which went viral online, reads:
“Dear Jake Allen, you are my favorite player. I hope you win tonight. I know you can do it. You’re a great goalie. Love, Mason. I’m five years old.”
Something miraculous happened. Allen started February on an absolute tear, going 4-1 through his last five games. His save percentage hasn’t dipped below .900 since Mason’s letter was posted on Twitter.
That was cause enough for Mason to meet Allen, and the pair shared some quality time in the Blues’ locker room on Monday.
Allen signed a stick for Mason, writing on it how his letter helped him, along with signing his jersey.
The meeting, and the letter, clearly effected Allen, who told NHL.com that seeing Mason meant a lot and he was glad to give back.
“He sent me a message there and I reached out to his dad and I asked for his address and got something in the mail for him,” Allen said on Monday. “… That’s what it’s all about. Any time you can make a kid’s day, it’s a no-brainer. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, when it is, where it is. As soon as I saw him this morning, it put a smile on my face and a smile on his. I’m glad I got to speak to him after.”
“I believed in myself. I’m glad he was on my side.”
What a heartwarming story for both Mason and Allen, and it’s one neither will likely ever forget.