MONTREAL - BC Sports Hall of Fame curator and facility director Jason Beck happily made the six-hour trek from Vancouver to Williams Lake, BC back in early July.
On the docket was a meeting with Jerry and Lynda Price, who graciously loaned some of Carey's equipment to the museum to be featured in the brand new Indigenous Sport Gallery, which is scheduled to open on September 25th.
The 1,500 square foot exhibit will be a permanent gallery at the Hall of Fame. It is located at BC Place, adjacent to Rogers Arena, home of the Vancouver Canucks.
Price was already being featured in the Hall of Fame's Aboriginal Sports Gallery, which opened in 2008. This exhibit, however, will be far more expansive in size and scope.
"We're profiling upwards of 40 different indigenous athletes in a variety of different sports. Most are from BC, but some are from beyond. It covers a lot of ground," said Beck. "One of the most prominent athletes is Carey Price. We're very excited to be sharing his story in an even bigger way than the current exhibit. He's a national figure."
Beck went on to proudly detail the items featured in the section of the gallery allotted to the six-time All-Star.
"We have one of Carey's masks. The design of it is themed around his heritage in Williams Lake. It has a rodeo theme and some Indigenous artwork on it," explained Beck. "We also have a blocker of his, a trapper, as well as a goalie stick. Linda also gave us a pretty rare limited edition print signed by Carey that celebrates his amazing 2014-15 season where he won all those major individual NHL awards."
According to Beck, the overall theme of the exhibit is inclusion.
"We want these great stories of Indigenous athletes that have been forgotten, or even hidden in some cases, to be included in the rich tradition of BC sports history. A lot of these athletes haven't been recognized and may have been ignored for far too long," shared Beck. "This is a way that we can celebrate their stories, celebrate indigenous sport, and make sure that these athletes and their stories are included in the larger history of sport in this province."
Now, have a closer look at some of the items that will be featured in the new Price display: