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Blues superfan Laila Anderson on pumping up team for Game 3

Blues fan Laila Anderson has been attending Blues' home games since getting released from the hospital after battling a rare immune disease. She joins the set to talk about hyping up the crowd before Game 4.

So far, things haven’t gone as planned for the Blues against the Bruins in Game 3 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final, but Saturday remains a special night for 11-year-old superfan Laila Anderson.

Anderson spoke with NBCSN’s Liam McHugh about getting the chance to revv up the St. Louis crowd before Game 3, and also the opportunity to attend the game in person, which was a big surprise to Anderson, as she continues her battle with a rare immune disease known as HLS.

As McHugh notes, Anderson is a real TV pro, as you can also see in this clip of Laila Anderson interviewing Alexander Steen:

Anderson also deserves kudos for a top notch Taco costume, which she wore during Halloween. This photo with Blues defenseman Colton Parayko is pure gold:


(Totally stealing that costume idea.)

Stories like these remind you that hockey players don’t just entertain people on TV; they also brighten lives when they’re off the ice. For more on Anderson’s experiences, check out this post and also click here. It’s OK if you need a Kleenex or two.

Game 3 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final is airing on NBCSN (stream here).

James O’Brien is a writer for Pro Hockey Talk on NBC Sports. Drop him a line at or follow him on Twitter @cyclelikesedins.