11-Year-Old St. Louis Blues Superfan Kisses Stanley Cup

Tanya Simon
June 15, 2019

Officers from the Clayton Police Department were invited by St. Louis Blues players to see and hoist the Stanley Cup.

After winning the cup and celebrating the win on the ice, Colton Parayko held up the Stanley Cup while Laila kissed it twice, a tradition all the players partake in.

Former Wolves center Robby Fabbri also played in two games in the Stanley Cup Final, while Mackenzie MacEachern, Jordan Kyrou, Chris Butler, and Jordan Schmaltz all saw time during the regular season with the team. Blues players joined the officers in photos posted to Facebook.

"She's a warrior", Parayko said. She is going through such a battle. I was happy to be with her today for this moment.

They went all the way to Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final in Boston and Laila wanted to be there with her heroes. "It was special to me".

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Laila first became famous in the Blues universe when her family started looking for a bone marrow donor for her in 2018.

All of their efforts over the last nine months brought a title 52 years in the waiting to St. Louis, while giving a lot of pride to those who watched that team grow with the Wolves. Then her mom surprised her with the news of a lifetime.

Laila knew it was the Blues' year probably more than anyone.

Dr. Jeffrey Bednarski of St. Louis Children's Hospital said Laila responded well to treatment.

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. And now it's her turn for a little good luck.

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