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Habs fan in Carey Price photobomb pic sends thank you note to his ‘hero’

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A photograph went viral earlier this week that featured Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price photobombing a young fan who was taking a selfie by the glass during stoppage in the team’s game on Saturday against the New York Islanders.

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The fan, a nine-year-old Justin, was so appreciative of Price’s impromptu participation in his selfie actually wrote a letter to the Habs goaltender, in which he adoringly refers to Price as his “hero.”

The Canadiens on Thursday shared the news on its website that Justin had written Price a thank you note, which is transcribed in full below (via Global News):

To my hero Carey Price,

I have always regarded you as one of my heroes, but it was only yesterday that I started to think long about what a hero means to me.

A hero is someone who you not only admire for their outstanding achievements, but also for their kindness.

You, Mr. Price, do both.

Our family travelled to New York City for Saturday night’s game. I tried to take a selfie with you. You noticed me and gave me the memory of a lifetime. You looked and asked me for my selfie in the middle of an intense game and I wanted to say thank you.

Thank you for being the generous person I have always believed that you were.

Who would have thought that the selfie would be captured by a cameraman during the break and make the headlines? But it happened!

The story went viral and since then we have been contacted by several radio stations and sports television stations for interviews.

This story is not really about me. I am not different from the other millions of fans. This story is about you, and proof that a true hero is not measured in the greatness of his strength, but the strength of his heart.

Carey, the truth is that you were my hero before Saturday night and now it may well be that you become a hero and an inspiration to many other fans who often need to believe in the power of a single moment. A unique moment that I will replay in my head and possibly play again in the heads of every young fan who has the feeling of being part of a selfie.

Because it could have been anyone else posing with you.

This is perhaps my selfie, but this has nothing to do with me.

So, Mr. Price, thank you for proving that your skills on the ice are secondary to your kindness!

You gave me a memory that will last a lifetime and there is nothing more generous to a young hockey fan like me.

Sincerely,

Justin

Wow. What a thoughtful, sweet and well-written letter. It really tugs at the heartstrings, right? Talk about a kid with a great head on his shoulders.

[H/T Puck Daddy, top image via Hockey Night in Canada/Twitter, selfie via Yahoo! Sports/Twitter]