Why to root for the Blues
St.Louis. Gateway to the west. Home of the Blues. And Contenders in the Stanley Cup Finals against the Bruins. There are many Caniacs that will root for this team for the sole purpose that they want some vengeance against the Bruins for how they beat the Carolina Hurricanes in the Conference Finals.
There is nothing wrong with that. In fact that would be our top reasoning for wanting the expansion team to win its first ever Stanley Cup. But there are even more great reasons for wanting the Blues to take the Bruins to town and send a message to Boston that they are NOT entitled to each and every Sports Trophy.
But there is a more deeper, more meaningful reason to root on the Blues as they take on the Bruins tonight. Meet Laila Anderson, an 11 year old Blues superfan who has been battling a rare disease called HLH, a systemic inflammatory syndrome. After a meet and greet while she was in the Hospital the team has somewhat adopted her and play with her in mind:
If your heart doesn’t immediately melt after watching this, I have no words for you. For those looking for a reason to root on the Blues this week, this should be more than enough. If it is not, perhaps the fact that just like the Carolina Hurricanes, they were about down and out for the count late in 2018 at the very bottom of the league.
One Jordan Binnington later and now the team is only four wins away from lifting the Stanley Cup. While it would have been an amazing story to see both the Blues and The Hurricanes in the Stanley Cup Finals, having both been revived from the dead in 2019, Caniacs can sure appreciate how the Blue’s Fanbase struck by this team through thick and thin.
Now the Cup is within their grasp. It would be the first ever in Blues History. These Stanley Cup Finals are the first since 1970 when they were matched up against the same Boston Bruins. Perhaps history will not repeat itself.
Who are you Rooting for in the greatest series for the greatest sports trophy ever?