Mediaplanet spoke with Carey Price, Olympic gold medalist, goaltender for the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens, and member of the Ulkatcho First Nation, about his life on the ice and back in Anahim Lake, BC.
How did growing up in Anahim Lake help shape who you are today?
I wouldn’t be as resilient as I am without having grown up in Anahim Lake. It has given me a lifelong love of fishing and appreciation for the outdoors.
What have been some of the most meaningful highlights from your hockey career thus far?
There have been many moments throughout my life that would make this list but the most endearing to me would be the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi. Winning an Olympic gold medal with my family and countrymen was a fulfilling experience.
When off the ice, what are some of your favourite hobbies?
Without a doubt my go-to hobby right now is fishing. It’s an endless pursuit, although such is the case with most hobbies. A few other hobbies of mine are team roping, archery, long-range shooting, and golf. I’m passionate about them all but assuredly not a master of any.
What has it been like being away from home so often for your career?
Being on the road and away from family has been the most challenging part of my career. I now carry my family and part of my culture everywhere I go.
How can Canadians better support and celebrate Indigenous cultures?
My grandmother faced social injustices as a young girl in residential school. I learned at an early age that these acts are not tolerable. The mistreatment and misplacement of First Nations peoples in Canada has echoed generations of poverty and substance abuse. These facts must be brought to light. I believe in today’s society what needs to be demonstrated by everyone is humility and kindness. What a celebration we could have then.
What advice do you have for Indigenous youth in pursuit of their dreams?
To Indigenous youth: if you truly want to attain that dream, earn it. That’s it. There’s no substitute for dedication. Oh, and don’t forget to laugh along the way!