Published: Sat, June 15, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Officers arrest Binnington for ‘stealing’ the Stanley Cup

Officers arrest Binnington for ‘stealing’ the Stanley Cup

It may not have been the Bruins night, but fans everywhere can be happy for Laila Anderson.

This season, the St. Louis Blues have paid tribute to Laila Anderson, an 11-year-old girl who is battling a life-threatening autoimmune disease, with the kind of access befitting a young girl whom one player called "a warrior for us".

She was there Wednesday night when her team won it all.

The worst-kept secret in hockey is now out: Zdeno Chara indeed broke his jaw during the Stanley Cup Final.

As the St. Louis Blues celebrated their championship, they invited Laila down the ice, and she and her favorite player, defenseman Colton Parayko, shared a handsome Stanley Cup moment. She perseveres through everything. She's a fighter, and she's going to continue to fight. "It was special to me". The day before the game, her mother, Heather, posed a question to Laila captured on video.

Until Game 3, Laila was strictly quarantined to the hospital and her home.

The title-deciding ice hockey matchup delivered a record-shattering 6.2 overnight rating for U.S. rights holder NBC, which said the game was watched by a total audience of nearly nine million.

"I just couldn't be any more proud of any of them", Laila said. I couldn't thank them enough for helping me get through my fight.

Now that the Blues are champions, Laila has become a social media sensation, and people from the hockey community and beyond are sending their love and support. Team members promised her she will get that snack. And now it's her turn for a little good luck.

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