Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price didn’t come onstage to accept an award at the 2019 NHL awards, but he deserves all the accolades for what he did.
In February, Price met a young fan named Anderson Whitehead who was waiting in the stands after practice. Anderson had recently lost his mother to cancer, and Price embraced him and gave him signed equipment. The video quickly went viral.
Anderson came out onstage at the awards, and Price was onscreen in what appeared to be a prerecorded message. A moment later Price waved away the camera and came out onstage for a touching, tearful reunion.
“I just wanted to say that your mother was a special person,” Price said, “and sharing that moment with you is something that I’ll always remember for the rest of my life. It was very special to me.”
Price embraced the visibly overwhelmed young man again, telling him “Everything’s okay, we’re going to have fun here, okay?”
After comforting Anderson, Price asked the crowd to give him a round of applause. He received a standing ovation. He then gave Anderson a signed jersey and invited him to the 2020 All-Star game.
Anderson’s mother had wanted to make his wish come true of meeting Carey Price but passed away before it came to fruition.
Now, not only has Anderson met Price–twice–he’ll see him again at the 2020 All-Star game, wearing a signed jersey.
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