- Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price surprised 11-year-old fan Anderson Whitehead at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
- Anderson, whose mother died of cancer last year, thought his favorite player couldn’t make it to the event so he was overwhelmed when Price appeared on stage.
- The Canadian ice hockey player surprised his young fan with a jersey and an invitation to go to the All-Star Game next year.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price surprised 11-year-old fan Anderson Whitehead at the NHL Awards in Las Vegas on Wednesday night.
Anderson, whose mother died of cancer last year, thought his favorite player couldn’t make it to the event.
Presenter Camille Kostek was onstage talking about the connection the hockey league’s players have with children.
Then, the swimsuit model focused on Anderson.
The pre-teen’s mom had promised him he would get to meet his favorite player, Price. After his mom’s death, Anderson was able to meet his idol in February at a practice.
Kostek asked Anderson to go to the stage and told him that Price couldn’t make the ceremony but was able to record a message for him.
“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,” Price said on the video.
But he surprised Anderson by appearing on the stage, leaving his young fan in tears.
Anderson was overcome with emotion, Price had to put his arm around the boy’s shoulder to comfort him.
“Everything’s all right. Everything’s OK. Everything’s OK, everything’s great,” Price told him as the crowd cheered him on.
“I have two things for you. One is this jersey,” the hockey player said while holding his own jersey. “And the second is a question: Do you want to go to the All-Star Game next year?”
“Yes,” Anderson quickly replied.
“Well, hopefully I’ll see you there next year, OK, buddy? Sound good?” Price said before hugging his young fan and headed backstage.