The St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history in June and they finally received on Monday night the championship ring that will be a lifelong reminder of their success.
And there is something else that won’t be forgotten: how young superfan Laila Anderson inspired them to push hard, never give up and always believe in themselves.
The 11-year-old girl, who has a rare auto-immune disease, inspired the team and lifted the Stanley Cup with the players on the ice after the Game 7 win in Boston and at the rally.
The Blues were dead last in the league six months prior to being crowned champions and Laila is said to have inspired them all the way through the difficult times, and finally the great ones.
There are other inspirations that have been placed as great references on the championship rings.
The words “Play Gloria” reference the song that the Blues adopted after some players went to a Philadelphia bar in January, heard Laura Branigan hit’s “Gloria” for 1982 played repeatedly and began a rise from last in the NHL to champions.
There area lot of jewels: 282 diamonds, 20 princess-cut sapphires, 16 custom-cut blue sapphires, and 15 round sapphires for a total weight of 10.6 carats, ring maker Josten Inc. says.
But the nicest touch is Laila’s name on there.
Alex Steen and Colton Parayko ended up going to her house and handed her her own Stanley Cup ring! Get the tissues out: