Carey Price made the NHL Awards an extraordinarily special night for one young boy.
Earlier this year, a clip of the Montreal Canadiens goalie’s emotional encounter with 11-year-old Anderson Whitehead went viral.
Anderson’s mother Laura McKay passed away from breast cancer last November but had promised him she would help him meet his idol, Price.
At the NHL Awards on Wednesday night in Las Vegas, Anderson was on hand to be honoured along with every hockey fan touched by cancer with a donation of $100,000 toward Hockey Fights Cancer.
With Anderson up on stage, there was another surprise waiting. A video message from Price, who said, “Your mother was a special person, and sharing that moment with you was something that I’ll always remember for the rest of my life.”
But then, in yet another surprise, Price interrupted himself and disappeared from the camera, only to appear moments later there on stage.
He went to embrace Anderson, who was overcome with emotion, crying as he received words of support from Price and cheers from the audience.
Price also presented Anderson with a jersey and a question: “Do you want to got to the All-Star Game next year?”
“Yes,” Anderson answered, and the two hugged once more.
There was hardly a dry eye in Vegas, or for viewers watching at home.