As Carey Price was cruising to another impressive victory Saturday night against the New York Islanders, the Montreal Canadiens netminder popped his head into the background of a selfie from a young fan along the glass at Nassau Coliseum:
That moment was one to remember for the fan fan, nine-year old Justin. In appreciation for his favorite player to take a moment during a stoppage to photobomb a selfie, he wrote a letter to the Canadiens expressing his thanks.
To my hero Carey Price,
I have always regarded you as one of my heroes, but it was only yesterday that I started to think long about what a hero means to me.
A hero is someone who you not only admire for their outstanding achievements, but also for their kindness.
You, Mr. Price, do both.
Our family travelled to New York City for Saturday night’s game. I tried to take a selfie with you. You noticed me and gave me the memory of a lifetime. You looked and asked me for my selfie in the middle of an intense game and I wanted to say thank you.
Thank you for being the generous person I have always believed that you were.
Who would have thought that the selfie would be captured by a cameraman during the break and make the headlines? But it happened!
The story went viral and since then we have been contacted by several radio stations and sports television stations for interviews.
This story is not really about me. I am not different from the other millions of fans. This story is about you, and proof that a true hero is not measured in the greatness of his strength, but the strength of his heart.
Carey, the truth is that you were my hero before Saturday night and now it may well be that you become a hero and an inspiration to many other fans who often need to believe in the power of a single moment. A unique moment that I will replay in my head and possibly play again in the heads of every young fan who has the feeling of being part of a selfie.
Because it could have been anyone else posing with you.
This is perhaps my selfie, but this has nothing to do with me.
So, Mr. Price, thank you for proving that your skills on the ice are secondary to your kindness!
You gave me a memory that will last a lifetime and there is nothing more generous to a young hockey fan like me.
This is the second-best hockey fan letter revealed this month, only behind Jordyn Leopold’s successful attempt to get her dad traded back home to Minnnesota.
Justin explained to CJAD radio earlier this week why Price is his hero: "[Because] he stops basically every shot they take. He's the best goalie in the NHL and he's really kind."
Quite accurate. Maybe Price will take Justin to Vegas with him in June so they could take another selfie; this time with the Hart and Vezina Trophies?
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