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Blues host nine-year-old struck in face by puck at recent game (pics)

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Nine-year-old St. Louis Blues fan Alex Vaughn is on the road to recovery after being seriously injured by a puck while attending a game earlier this season. But his spirits were lifted when the Blues hosted him at the arena earlier this week.

Vaughn, a hockey player himself, was struck just below the nose by a puck while attending the Blues’ game against the New York Rangers at Scottrade Center. The incident, occurring during the second period, occurred when a clearing attempt by Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh sailed over the glass, striking Vaughn.

“I was next to him but I wasn’t much help,” said Greg Vaughn, Alex’s dad, via NHL.com. “You know it’s something that can happen, but you don’t really believe that it’s going to. The game moves so quick, so as soon as it cleared the glass it was there. It was too late. You couldn’t really react. It was scary.”

The injuries suffered required a trip to the hospital. Vaughn received 20 stitches to treat the injury, 16 in his face and four more inside his mouth. He is set to meet with a plastic surgeon this week.

The Blues decided to invite Vaughn back for a visit to Scottrade Center this week. After attending the Blues’ 4-1 loss to the Calgary Flames Tuesday night, Alex got to hang out with some Blues players in the locker room after the game.

Vaughn left his visit with a a game-used stick from Vladimir Tarasenko and a puck signed by Alex Pietrangelo. The Rangers also chipped in with a signed stick featuring a “get well soon” message from McDonagh and teammates.

The Vaughn family has been left incredibly appreciative of the Blues’ efforts to brighten Alex’s spirits.

“We very much appreciate all the Blues have done for Alex and my family,” Greg said. “It just shows what a classy organization it is. From the phone calls throughout the week to check on his status, to putting something like this together where he gets a new memory that erases the bad memory of getting hit with the puck.”