Hockey Player Showed His Soft Side
Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made an appearance during the recent NHL Awards in Las Vegas to surprise and comfort an 11-year old kid who lost his mother to cancer late last year. The young fan was promised by his mother that he would meet his idol and favorite player, Price. After her death in November, both Anderson and Price finally met for the first time during a morning skate at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena last February.
It’s a heartwarming moment for both of them as Price gave Anderson a hug and even signed his jersey. He also gave the boy two of his sticks that he autographed. Anderson was emotional and in tears.
“It’s the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. I always hoped it was going to happen, my mom always said it could happen.” – Anderson Whitehead
This is everything — this young fan, Anderson, met his idol @CP0031, after his mother passed away due to cancer. She had promised him that she would do everything in her power to help the two meet and it happened. This right here is hockey. #OurGreatGame
(🎥 FB/ Tammy Whitehead) pic.twitter.com/ww6jLM2yoF
— NHL (@NHL) March 1, 2019
And so last June 19 during the gala, presenter Camille Kostek called Anderson to the stage and told him that Price couldn’t make it to that event but that he did have a prerecorded message where the goalie said:
“I just wanted to say that your mother was a special person 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.”
Just when everyone thought it couldn’t be more dramatic, Price came out on stage and surprised Anderson – moving the boy to tears. As he put his arm around Anderson, Price told him:
“Everything’s all right. Everything’s OK. Everything’s OK, everything’s great. I have two things for you. One is this jersey. And the second is a question: Do you want to go to the All-Star Game next year?”
When teary-eyed Anderson answered, “Yes”, Price added:
“Well, hopefully I’ll see you there next year, OK, buddy? Sound good?”
We bet Anderson’s mom is smiling down from heaven and proud of her son.