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Anahim Lake follows Price at Olympics

Students and staff at Nagwuntl’Oo Elementary School at Anahim Lake get into the Olympic Games spirit in preparation to watch their hometown hero, Carey Price, suit up for Team Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team. Price, along with 150 other NHLers, arrived in Sochi, Russia, this week to begin practicing as a team for this week’s games. Canada, despite winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, is currently ranked fifth in the world heading into the tournament after finishing fifth at each of the last three world championships.  - Photo submitted
Students and staff at Nagwuntl’Oo Elementary School at Anahim Lake get into the Olympic Games spirit in preparation to watch their hometown hero, Carey Price, suit up for Team Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey team. Price, along with 150 other NHLers, arrived in Sochi, Russia, this week to begin practicing as a team for this week’s games. Canada, despite winning the Olympic gold medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games, is currently ranked fifth in the world heading into the tournament after finishing fifth at each of the last three world championships.
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Angie Mindus

Staff Writer

Students and staff at Nagwuntl’Oo Elementary School at Anahim Lake will be glued to their television screen Thursday morning as they cheer on their hometown hero, Carey Price.

Canada’s defending champions men’s hockey team –– with Price as one of Canada’s two goalies ––  is scheduled to open its tournament against Norway at the Bolshoy Ice Dome at 9 a.m. our time in their first game in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games in Russia.

The hockey schedule is being closely monitored by reporters and sports networks around the world, and the 12 students who make up Nagwuntl’Oo.

“The kids are very, very excited,” said Johanne Brar, who works in administration at the kindergarten to Grade 5 rural school.

“There’s a lot of pride in Carey, especially for him to make it as far as he has.”

Brar said the students are able to watch all the Olympic games coverage thanks to a donation from Shaw, who gave the students a month of free satellite service.

If not for the donation, Brar said the RCMP detachment at Anahim Lake offered to squeeze all the students into their office to watch the hockey action.

Teacher Dylan Walsh said staff and students are thankful for the connection, and thrilled to have a front row seat to all of Price’s games.

“It’s so important for the kids to have healthy role models and inspiration and that’s what they have in Carey.”

Brar said students, parents and staff will watch Canada take on Norway Thursday morning and plan to share lunch together following the game. They’ll be ready to watch Canada face off against Austria Friday morning.

With Walsh’s help, the students are also keeping track of Canadian medal wins throughout the Olympics.

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