Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens gave Anderson Whitehead another night to remember Saturday.
Whitehead, who connected with Price in the spring after his mom died of cancer last fall, was back at Scotiabank Arena mic'd up and cheering for his beloved Canadiens during their 6-5 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
You might also remember Whitehead from his appearance at the 2019 NHL Awards in Las Vegas where Price surprised Whitehead on stage with a jersey and invite to the 2020 NHL All-Star Game. They first met in Toronto, after his mom had tried to connect her son with his idol before she died Nov. 7, 2018, and have stayed in touch since.
"[Price] means a lot to me since he was my idol and my mom really wanted me to meet him," Whitehead told Sportsnet, "and he's a really nice guy."
Whitehead, a 12-year-old from Paris, Ontario, was rocking the jersey and wearing a microphone for Sportsnet in Toronto on Saturday. He got significant facetime on the telecast, including a finger waggle at Maple Leafs fans after a Price save.
Price and Whitehead met after the game and snapped a photo. Price was asked about Whitehead after the game while watching some of the clips of his friend from TV.
"Looks like he's having a riot out there," Price said. "I'm really happy to see him. He's a special kid, and he's a big part of my life now. It's a special story, and I'm glad he's rebounding and really enjoying life."
The night lifted the Whiteheads, and especially their opinion of Price.
"Carey is one of the nicest and most sincere people I've met," said Paul Whitehead, Jr., Anderson's uncle who attended the game alongside the boy Saturday. "A true class act."