NHLer Carey Price hits B.C. minor hockey with hurricane of gear
Williams Lake Minor Hockey League offices piled high with goalie gear
The offices of the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association are crammed lately, but nobody is complaining.
There's been a hurricane of hockey gear, thanks to a former player.
Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price, himself a former Williams Lake Hockey player, and equipment supplier CCM, gave the Interior B.C. League $10,000-worth of new goalie equipment.
League organizers are still deciding exactly how to put it all to use.
"It wasn't just a couple of sets of goalie gear, we really were able to restock," league president Jonathan Jackson told CBC Radio West.
It all started when Price's father, Jerry, got in touch with the league. He teamed up with his son and CCM to give them a free $10,000 shopping spree at the CCM store, and it couldn't have come at a better time.
"We just get by, we're actually just struggling to stay ahead here, trying to keep costs down for the kids so we can provide it to as many as we can. Anywhere we can save money helps a lot," said Jackson.
More players on the ice
He says the donation means a few kids who might not have had the chance to play will now be able to take to the ice. To many the generosity behind that gift would come as a surprise, but not to Jackson.
"Getting more and more involved in this community, with the hockey association, it's a lot of the same people that really step up with these programs for the kids, and he's obviously one of these guys who grew up here and grew up with that kind of character," he said of the younger Price.
Jackson is confident the new equipment and the social media buzz surrounding the donation will encourage more kids to try their hand at the goaltender position, in a league that's in need of netminders.
For now, he's still searching for the right way to thank CCM and the Price family.