Blues react to Laila Anderson being in attendance at Game 7: 'She's our lucky charm'

Evan Marinofsky
June 12, 2019 - 2:10 pm

There's a lot of pressure on the St. Louis Blues. To win their first Stanley Cup in team history, they must win a Game 7 on Bruins' soil. On top of that, they had a chance to do it at home in Game 6 but failed. 

Now their backs are against the wall. 

But the biggest bright spot for the Blues is that Laila Anderson made the trip to Boston for Game 7. In a video posted Tuesday night, Heather Anderson, Laila's mother, tells her daughter that the doctors cleared her to go on a plane and travel to the East Coast. 

This made Laila burst into happy tears. 

Also happy: the St. Louis Blues players. 

"It's amazing," said Pat Maroon. "That video last night that her mom posted was truly amazing. She's been an inspiration to all of us throughout the year. Alex Steen has done a good job in bringing her and making her feel comfortable. Colton Parayko same way -- making her feel welcome to the team. St. Louis Blues welcomed her as family." 

Two years ago, Laila was diagnosed with Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocystosis -- a rare immune disorder. In January, she underwent chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant. 

"She's a fighter and she's going to continue to fight," said Maroon. "She's our inspiration; we look up to her and what she has to go through every single day. To get on that plane I know the doctors were questionable getting her out here cause of her health and to say that she gets to come on a plane and come out here to see us play is truly amazing. 

"I'm so happy for her." 

Maroon wasn't the only one to love that Laila made the trip to Boston. Jordan Binnington shared that sentiment. 

"Yeah, it's special," he said. "She's been so positive. She's a great person to have around the rink and the locker room so she's a special person and it's special to have her here tonight." 

Because of her treatments, she had to spend several months in isolation. The first Blues playoff game she attended was Game 3 of the Western Conference Final. But her diehard support for the Blues started long before that. 

"She's been around our team since the start of the playoffs and from the year too so it's going to be nice having her tonight," he said. "She's like our lucky charm from the beginning of the playoffs. For her tonight it's going to be a good moment." 

Even big, tough Craig Berube loved that Laila is in Boston for Game 7. 

"It's great," he said. "I think it's a great inspiration and obviously a great story. We're really happy about it." 

Any hockey pointers from Laila? 

"No," said a laughing Maroon. "She gives us enough just the way she fights. Go out there and fight for her and what she has to go through every single day. It's a lot tougher than what we have to do." 

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