The St. Louis Blues were issued an extra Stanley Cup ring this year for a very special reason. After winning the championship, the team wanted to make sure they honored an important person, someone who cheered them on all season long.
The St. Louis Blues surprised an 11-year-old superfan with her own Stanley Cup ring.
The team shared a video on Twitter on Tuesday that features players Alex Steen and Colton Parayko hand-delivering a custom ring to 11-year-old fan Laila Anderson. In the video, Steen says, “You know how much you mean to us, right, and what an inspiration you’ve been to so many people. So me and Colton are here and representing our organization and everybody there, and we have something that we would like you to open right now.”
Laila tears up as she puts the ring on, saying she felt like she shouldn’t even be touching it because it was so special. But, she still put it on and said it fits “beautifully.”
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) October 1, 2019
Laila helped bolster the team’s spirits with her joy and excitement for them.
She lives with HLH, an autoimmune disease that almost took her life, according to CBS Sports. After winning a tough battle with the disease that kept her in isolation for four months, Laila received tickets to a Blues game during the Western Conference Finals. Her emotional reaction to the good news warmed the hearts of the internet and the team.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) May 14, 2019
Laila then became a fixture at Blues’ playoff games, and something of a good luck charm for the team.
After they won their championship game, Laila joined the team on the ice.
— NHL (@NHL) June 13, 2019
Not only did Laila receive her own Stanley Cup ring, but she’s also honored on the ring.
The rings include an homage to Laila, along with a nod to Laura Branigan’s “Gloria,” which became the Blues’ victory song throughout the season.