Laila anderson couldn’t carry the 20-kilogram stanley cup alone. The eleven year old trailer of the new champion st. Louis blues needed the help of blues pro colton parayko.
Together they lifted the world’s most coveted field hockey trophy after a 4-1 win in the decisive seventh game of the NHL finals series against the boston bruins. "It’s real," parayko shouted with joy after the first title win in the team’s 52-year history, and turned to the loyal fan: "we’ve done it."
Anderson has become a symbol for the professionals of the blues in the championship year. The girl suffers from hamophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH), a highly dangerous and very rare autoimmune disease. Your immune system has a faulty regulation, produces too many immune cells. "We look up to her," blues stalwart patrick maroon declared. "She has been an inspiration to us all year long. We fought for her, for what she has to go through every day."
Before the deciding game in boston, the blues pros invited their little fan at the initiative of stormer star alex steen. The doctors gave the okay, laila anderson was allowed to fly along and be present live at the historic triumph. After the 4:1 by the goals of the most valuable final player ryan O’reilly (17. Minute), alex pietrangelo (20.), brayden schenn (52.) and zach sanford (56.) she was brought onto the ice together with her mother by her idols, she was treated like a team member. "I love this team," anderson said with tears in his eyes. "I love her so much."
Cheers were also heard in the city on the mississippi at the same time. In the home arena there was celebration and dancing. Even at busch stadium, the home of the st baseball team. Louis cardinals, the supporters fell into each other’s arms during public viewing. "Our fans have had to wait a long time for this moment. It’s exciting. We’re going to have a lot of fun," promised pro jaden schwartz, referring to the stanley cup parade expected to take place in the city on friday.
The blues supporters rarely had any fun in the past. The team was considered synonymous with mittelmab. It simply existed without being grossly noticed – neither positively nor negatively. Again this season everything looked like a disappointing main round. In january, the team of coach craig berube, who had been hired two months earlier, had the worst record of all NHL teams. After that, however, the turnaround followed with the sovereign playoff entry, the success over the winnipeg jets, the dallas stars, the san jose sharks and in the end with the 4:3 series win against the boston bruins.
The secret hero of the seventh final was also aptly named. Goalkeeper jordan binnington was supposed to be relegated to the third-tier east coast field hockey league in the preseason. On wednesday he parried 32 of 33 bruins shots. "It’s been an unbelievable season, an unbelievable story," binnington gushed before he, too, was allowed to lift the stanley cup aloft and give the trophae a kiss.