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Published 9:51 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2019 | Updated 10:47 p.m. ET Oct. 1, 2019CLOSE
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USA TODAYThe St. Louis Blues made sure to honor young superfan Laila Anderson for her role in the franchise’s first Stanley Cup victory by inscribing her name on their championship rings.Then they went one step further by going to her house and presenting her with her own copy.”You know how much you mean to us, right, and what an inspiration you’ve been to so many people,” said forward Alexander Steen, who showed up with defenseman Colton Parayko. “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.”SEE THE RING: Blues pay tribute to inspirations for Stanley Cup runOPINION: NHL’s tweak on icing faceoffs could be most significant changeAnderson was in tears as she opened the box.”I feel I shouldn’t be touching this,” she said.Anderson, who has battled a rare, immune disease, has been surprised a lot by the Blues, who have adopted her cause and said that she inspired their run. She was invited to Game 3 of the Western Conference final and the team gave her a mic so she could pump up the crowd during the Stanley Cup Final.In her biggest surprise, she was flown to Boston for Game 7, and when the Blues beat the Bruins, Parayko helped her hold the Cup on the ice. She was on the stage as the team helped her lift the Cup at the championship rally.The ring totals more than 300 diamonds and sapphires and has references to the Blues’ rally and their “Gloria” good luck song. The word Laila is on the interior of the ring.It dwarfed the girl’s finger, but she said it fit “beautifully.””That poor guy who’s going to propose to you one day,” said Parayko.The Blues will raise their Stanley Cup banner Wednesday night, then begin the hard work of defending their title with a game against the Washington Capitals.But at least, off the ice, they’re doing what they can to try to win one again.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide
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