Hockey Superfan, 11, Mourning Loss Of Mom To Cancer, Gets Emotional Surprise

Before she passed away, Anderson Whitehead's mom reportedly promised him that he would get to meet Carey Price, who is his favorite hockey player.

June 21, 2019
Anderson Whitehead & Casey Price [Today/screenshot]

Photo by: Anderson Whitehead & Carey Price [Today/screenshot]

Anderson Whitehead & Carey Price [Today/screenshot]

By: Catherine Townsend

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price gave the surprise of a lifetime to an 11-year-old "superfan" whose mother died of cancer last November.

Price appeared at Wednesday night’s NHL Awards in Las Vegas, where he had an emotional reunion with 11-year-old Anderson Whitehead, according to Today.

Before she passed away, Whitehead's mom reportedly told him that he would get to meet Price, who is his favorite hockey player. In February, Anderson and Price met for the first time.

On Wednesday night, swimsuit model Camille Kostek called Whitehead up to the stage and told him that Price was not there in person — but that he had made a prerecorded message for Anderson.

Price appeared on video and 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."

Then he walked out onto the stage — in person — and completely blew Whitehead's mind. The boy started to cry and shake, clearly overcome by emotion, but Price supported him the whole time.

“Everything’s all right. Everything’s OK. Everything’s OK, everything’s great,” Price told him. He then put his arm around Whitehead and stood with him while the crowd reacted to the touching scene by giving them a standing ovation.

"How about a round of applause for this young man?" Price said. Then he turned to Whitehead. “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?”

Whitehead said yes, and the two hugged and promised to meet again next year.

Read more: Today