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Carey Price inspires remote hometown of Anahim Lake, B.C.

02/22/2014 02:57 EST | Updated 04/24/2014 05:59 EDT
Members of the remote interior B.C. community of Anahim Lake will gather at the Nagwuntl’oo School to cheer on hometown hero Carey Price, who is the starting goalie in the Canadian men's gold medal hockey game at the Sochi Olympics on Sunday.

School administrator Joanne Brar said Price has given the community something to be proud of.

"That's the biggest thing, because I think you know every community does have their challenges, but you know, Carey's a healthy role model, and he's actually made it quite far."

The school has been the hub of hockey action during the Olympics, with people piling in to watch the games on big-screen TV each time Price takes to the ice.

Brar said the phone has been ringing off the hook asking for updates since the men's ice hockey competition started. But, before the Olympics, few people in the community even followed the sport.

"Now everybody's glued to the TV. Any home you go into, if they have a satellite dish, you will see the Olympics on," she said.

Brar said the tournament has brought the community together.

"You know I've never had so many calls from the community in a short little time. Like, that's all you hear in community, everywhere you go," she said. 

"You go to the store, people go, 'hey did you watch the game?'"

Anahim Lake, along with the rest of the country, will tune in Sunday morning at 4:00 a.m. PT for the gold medal game.

"They will be hollering for Carey, you know, Go Carey Go!"

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