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Anderson gets behind mic as kid reporter at All-Star Game Media Day

Blues superfan Laila asked NHL stars about TV shows, stinky gloves

by Bill Price @BillPriceNHL / NHL.com Editor-in-Chief

ST. LOUIS -- Laila Anderson got a big scoop at the 2020 NHL All-Star Game Media Day on Thursday.

"Ryan Reaves has the stinkiest gloves on the (Vegas) Golden Knights," Anderson said at the Stifel Theatre where she was the kid correspondent for Upper Deck.

Anderson, the 11-year-old whose fight with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a severe systemic inflammatory syndrome that can be fatal, became national news during the St. Louis Blues run to the Cup championship last season, was on the other side of the camera at media day.

"I'm just asking the kind of questions that you know kids would want the answer to," Anderson said. "Who has the stinkiest gloves on your team? Do you ever pull pranks on your teammates? Just like kind of fun questions to answer outside of your job as playing in the NHL."

 

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When she got her chance to interview Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, she asked him the last show he watched on TV.

"Peppa Pig," he said.

In addition to the Blues players, Anderson interviewed Minnesota Wild forward Eric Staal, Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, Ottawa Senators forward Brady Tkachuk, and Golden Knights forward Max Paccioretty, who gave up the goods on Reaves.

Her work isn't done this weekend. She will be signing copies of her Upper Deck Heroic Inspirations card on Sunday at the NHL Fan Fair with donations going to the Be the Match Registry.

Anderson, who visited the White House with the Blues and also received a Stanley Cup ring, said her life has been going great since the Blues won the Stanley Cup in June, and she said she believes they have a chance to do it again.

"Yeah, a real good shot," she said. "We need to make the playoffs and then we need to go from there. But I think we do have a shot."

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