St. Louis was hyped for hosting its first Stanley Cup Final game in 49 years. Then Laila Anderson appeared and fired them up even more.
The Blues 11-year-old superfan hyped up the crowd at Enterprise Center by starting a "Let's Go Blues" chant before Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Boston Bruins on Saturday.
Anderson, who has been fighting the rare inflammatory disease hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, has been an inspiration to the Blues throughout their run to the Cup Final. She took the microphone before the game, and accompanied by her mother Heather, thanked the St. Louis fans.
"Thank you for all of the love and support, St. Louis," Anderson said. "Now can I get a 'Let's go Blues!'"
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Anderson has attended each Blues home game since Heather surprised her with tickets before Game 3 of the Western Conference Final against the San Jose Sharks, then played amateur TV journalist after their Game 6 win that pushed St. Louis to the Cup Final for the first time since 1970.
"It's been amazing to attend all these games and to know that people have been waiting for this game for 49 years," Anderson told NBCSN during the first intermission of Game 3. "That I get to experience it at age 11 is amazing."
Anderson shares a special bond with Blues defenseman Colton Parayko. According to ESPN, they met during the 2015-16 season, Parayko's first in the League, and developed a bond on Halloween when they went trick-or-treating together.
"I feel like he's more than just a Blues player," Anderson said during the NBCSN interview. "He's my best friend. He's so sweet, and he's the nicest person I've ever met."
Anderson hyped up the home fans after they assisted Charles Glenn with the pregame anthem. Glenn paused from singing "Star Spangled banner" and held his microphone in the air to let the 19,000-plus fans shine in a chills-inducing moment.