This is how a First Nations kid became a superstar goaltender. It is a book that is as inspiring as it is insightful into the making of this great boy now turned into a professional hockey player.
His beginnings were anything but certain. He is from Anahim Lake, 850 kilometers north of Vancouver, B.C. It was a place with a population of 360 people. There was very little in that little town that could have attracted too many people. But Carey had his mind-set on great things!
His Dad was also an NHL draftee and the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation. This is where Carey Price got his start on skates as a toddler, first on a frozen creek and then on his father’s homemade rink. He practised and skated for hours a day. He loved the outdoors and he loved to skate. It became one of his passions.
He seemed like a natural athlete. He went on to become one of the top amateur players in Canada in 2002, getting drafted fifth overall by the famed Montreal Canadiens three years later.
Now one of the most recognizable figures in hockey, Carey credits his success to his community of Anahim Lake, British Columbia, where hard work and commitment often faced off against remoteness and cost.
Throughout his incredible career, Carey’s taken every opportunity possible to encourage all young people, especially those who share his Indigenous background, to follow their dreams.
I loved this inspiring book about one of Canada’s great hockey players. It is a story about redemption and triumph against many odds.