Carey Price has made the day of dozens of kids in and around Williams Lake, B.C. The famed Montreal Canadiens goaltender teamed up with hockey equipment manufacturer CCM to send $10,000 worth of gear to youth who play the sport in the region.
The small town of some 11,000 people is where the 28-year-old refined his puck-passing skills from the age of nine to 15. He grew up in an even smaller town about five hours northwest of the municipality called Anahim Lake. He and his wife, Hockey Wives star Angela, are expecting their first child in 2016 and spend some of their summers in Williams Lake.
Carey‘s dad Jerry managed the delivery of items like skates, sticks, helmets and pads, and helped ship them to several organizations including three First Nations communities. The elder Price told The Canadian Press that his son wants to help aspiring hockey players put their best skate forward.
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“We wanted to make sure that they had good stuff to play with. There’s lots of stuff that we looked at and said, ‘That’s not a good enough pair of skates to play with.’ He wants to make sure that people, and kids especially, know that he hasn’t forgotten and hasn’t just elevated himself to the point where he doesn’t have time for the people who matter most to him.”
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Recipients of the delivery have gone on to thank Carey for the gear, and organizers have said they're overwhelmed by his constant and ongoing support of the community.
In addition to sponsoring a breakfast program at his old elementary school, Carey has spent several hours mentoring youth in the area. This past March he worked with Air Canada and the Breakfast Club of Canada to surprise one of his biggest fans, Trent Leon.
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