Carey Price

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Carey Price
Carey Price shutout 2011-03-12.JPG
Price during the 2010–11 NHL season.
Born (1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 26)
Vancouver,[1] BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 219 lb (99 kg; 15 st 9 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2005
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2007–present

Carey Price (born August 16, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Beginning his junior career with the Tri-City Americans in 2003, Price was drafted 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft following his second season with the Americans. Following a further two seasons with the Americans, where he won both the Del Wilson Trophy as the top goaltender in the WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year in his final season of major junior in 2007. Joining the Canadiens farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL just as the Calder Cup playoffs begun, Price led the Bulldogs to the Calder Cup championship, winning the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the tournament MVP. Price made the Canadiens roster for the 2007-2008 NHL season as the backup goaltender before becoming the starting goaltender later that season.

Internationally, Price has represented Canada at various tournaments at junior levels, winning silver medals at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in 2004 and the IIHF World U18 Championship in 2005. He also won gold medals at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Sweden and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. On January 7, 2014, he was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team and won a gold medal at Sochi . Price's play also earned him the tournament's top goaltending award, from the International Ice Hockey Federation directorate.

Early life[edit]

Carey Price was born in Vancouver, British Columbia but was raised in the remote town of Anahim Lake in northern British Columbia. He was taught to play goaltender by his father on a frozen creek during the winter months and played organized hockey in Williams Lake nearly three hours away by car. Having to make the six hour round trip three days a week, Carey's father bought a plane to fly him to practice and games.

Playing career[edit]

WHL's Tri-City Americans[edit]

Price talks to backup Alex Auld in Pittsburgh, March 2011.

Price made his first appearance in the Western Hockey League in a single game for the Tri-City Americans during the 2002–2003 season. He then made the Tri-City roster the next season, appearing in 28 games as the backup for Colorado Avalanche prospect Tyler Weiman, posting a 2.38 GAA and .915 Save percentage. The next season, Price took over as the primary starter of the team and established himself as a top goaltender, playing in a league-high 63 games with a 2.34 GAA and .920 save percentage and 8 shutouts, both in the league top 10. Ranking as the best North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting, Price was drafted 5th overall by the Montreal Canadiens, a move considered surprising by many who thought Price would not be drafted until the middle of the 1st Round.[2]

During the 2005–2006 season, Price's play in Tri-City suffered considerably and he ended the season with a 2.87 GAA and a .906 save percentage while starting 55 games. Price rebounded the next season with a very strong 2005–2006 season, posting an excellent 2.45 GAA and .917 save percentage while winning both the Del Wilson Trophy as the top WHL goaltender and the CHL Goaltender of the Year award.[3] Despite this, the Americans were eliminated in 6 games during the 2007 playoffs.

AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs[edit]

Following the Tri-City Americans early playoff exit, later that spring, Price joined the Montreal Canadiens farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, just before the start of the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. In two Regular season appearances with the Bulldogs, Price allowed only 3 goals and won both games. Price led the Bulldogs on a remarkable run that spring, defeating the Hershey Bears 4 games to 1 in the finals as the team won their first Calder Cup. Price became only the third teenage goaltender to win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the tournament MVP, posting a 2.06 GAA and .936 save percentage.

NHL's Montreal Canadiens (2007-present)[edit]

On October 1, 2007, Price was named to Montreal Canadiens roster for the start of the 2007–08 season. He made his highly anticipated Canadiens debut on October 10, 2007, against the Pittsburgh Penguins and recorded 26 saves in a 3–2 win. After the first month of the season, he was awarded the Canadiens' Molson Cup for October, given to the player with the most first-star selections. Although re-assigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs midway through the season in January, he was called back up shortly over a month later. With the trading of starting goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals before the trading deadline, Price assumed the starting role for the Canadiens. He was subsequently named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March[4] and the NHL First Star of the Week (ending April 6, 2008)[5] as the Canadiens finished first overall in the Eastern Conference and earned their first division title since 1991–92.[4] Price completed the regular season leading all rookie goaltenders in wins (24), save percentage (.920), and shutouts (3). He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in recognition for his accomplishments in his first year in the NHL.

Price warming up in 2009

Entering the playoffs against the Boston Bruins, Price recorded a 1–0 win on April 15, 2008, becoming the first Canadiens rookie to post a playoff shutout since Patrick Roy in 1986.[6] He would go on to record another shutout in game seven to eliminate Boston. Montreal lost in the second round to the Philadelphia Flyers with Price losing 3 of the last 4 games.

After a strong start to the 2008–09 season, in which he earned a second Molson Cup in November, Price injured his ankle on December 30, 2008.[7] Forced out of action for nearly a month, during which he was voted in as a starting goalie for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal (along with teammates Alexei Kovalev, Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek)[8] he made his return to action on January 20, 2009 after backup Jaroslav Halak was pulled in a 4–2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.[7] Going into the 2009 playoffs as the eighth and final seed, the Canadiens played the Boston Bruins in the opening round for the second consecutive season. They were swept in four games, with the Bruins scoring at least four times in each game. In the final game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Price surrendered four goals in two periods. After stopping a weak dump-in, the crowd cheered sarcastically and Price responded by putting his arms up in the air, similar to Patrick Roy's gesture on December 2, 1995, in a game after which Roy requested a trade from the Canadiens.[9]

Price struggled throughout the 2009-10 season, winning only 13 games and losing the starting job to Halak as the Canadiens entered the playoffs as the eighth and final seed. Although the Canadiens made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference final, upsetting both the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins along the way, Price appeared in only four games, losing one and getting no decision in each of the others, only coming off the bench when the game was out of hand. The highlight of the season for Price was stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 5-1 win over the Boston Bruins in the Canadiens 100 year anniversary game on December 4, 2009, and the low point was surrendering four goals in his only start of the playoffs. In the summer of 2010, both Price and Halák became restricted free agents and a goaltending debate emerged in Montreal over who would remain with the team, the playoff hero Halak, or the younger Price. After weeks of media speculation, the Canadiens chose Price, trading Halak to the St. Louis Blues and re-signing Price to a two year, $5.5 million contract to return to his role as starting goaltender.[10]

The 2010–2011 NHL pre-season was a tough start for Price. However during the 2010-11 NHL Regular Season, Price played in 72 games recording new career highs including 38 wins, 8 shutouts, a 2.35 goals against average, and a .923 save percentage and was selected to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. This play from Price allowed the Montreal Canadiens to enter the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. This strong play continued for Price in the playoffs posting a .935 save percentage, however it was not enough to lead the Canadiens to victory as they fell in seven games in the first round to the Boston Bruins. On October 26, 2011, Price got his 100th win in his NHL career in his 214th game. A few months later, he participated to his 3rd All-Star Game. However, the 2011–2012 season did not go well for the Canadiens, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2006–2007 season. Price missed the last 4 games of the season due to a concussion.

On July 2, 2012, Carey re-signed with the Montreal Canadiens, a six-year contract worth US$39 million.[11]

During the lockout shortened 2012-13 NHL Season, Price started the year very well, winning 18 of his first 28 starts[12] as the Canadiens, in stark contrast to the previous season, were one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference going 29-14-5, good enough for second in the conference.[13] Price's play however, dropped off in the final weeks of the season, going 2-6 and allowing 27 goals. Nonetheless, the Canadiens went into the playoffs against the 7th seeded Ottawa Senators. In Game 4, with the score tied 2-2 as the 3rd period came to an end, Price suffered a groin injury and did not return for the overtime period and was replaced by Peter Budaj, the Senators would go onto score and win the game. Price's injury sidelined him for the rest of the series and the Canadiens were eliminated in five games. Price ended the playoffs with a sub-par 3.26 GAA and an .894 save percentage.

Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold 2014 Sochi
World Junior Championships
Gold 2007 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver 2005 Czech Republic
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver 2004 Newfoundland and Labrador

International play[edit]

Price made his international debut for Canada at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships in the Czech Republic. He appeared in four games, earning a silver medal as Team Canada was defeated by the United States 5–1 in the gold medal game. Two years later, in his final year of major junior, Price was named to Team Canada for the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden. He led Team Canada to a third consecutive gold medal and was named Tournament MVP and Top Goaltender after going 6-0 with 2 shutouts, a 1.14 GAA and .961 save percentage. He was also named to the Tournament All-Star Team along with teammates Jonathan Toews and Kris Letang. He led the 2005 IIHF world U18 Championships in save percentage and wins. Carey Price sold his U18 Championship helmet for charity.

On January 7, 2014, Price was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team along with goaltenders Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Price, along with close friend P. K. Subban became the first Montreal Canadiens players to be selected for Team Canada since Mark Recchi in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Soon after arriving in Sochi, it was announced that Price would start in Canada's first game of the tournament against Norway.[14] Price had a strong debut, stopping 18 of 19 shots against Norway in a 3-1 Canadian win. Price strong play continued, allowing only a single goal in a 2-1 victory against Finland in the Round-robin tournament. In Canada's quarter final game, Price backstopped Canada over Latvia 2-1. On February 21, 2014, Price played a pivotal role in a 1-0 victory against Team USA in the semifinals. Price stopped all 31 shots and shutout Team USA and powered Team Canada to the Gold medal game against Sweden. Price would make 24 saves in his second consecutive shutout of the Olympics and won his first gold medal as an Olympian. Price ended the tournament undefeated in five games with a 0.59 GAA and .971 save percentage and was named the tournament's best goaltender by the International Ice Hockey Federation.

Playing style[edit]

Price plays the style of goaltending known as Butterfly style popularized by Patrick Roy, dropping to his knees and pointing his skates outwards with his pads covering the bottom width of the net. Price is known for his excellent agility of reflexes which are considered to be some of his best attributes as a goaltender. He can read the play very well has very good reaction time. He is also noted for his calm demeanor on the ice that allows him to remain focused and rarely appears rattled and upset in the net.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Price was raised in Anahim Lake, British Columbia with sister Kayla by parents Jerry and Lynda Price.[16] His father, Jerry Price, was also a goaltender; he was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in the eighth round, 126th overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.[16] Although he never played in the NHL, he did play four seasons of pro hockey in various leagues[17] and is the goaltending coach of the Tri-City Americans.[18] His mother, Lynda, is the former chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation.[16] Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan[19] is a second cousin of Price. Price was named as an honorary co-chair at the 2010 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships that were held in Ottawa, Ontario in May 2010.[20]

Price is married to Angela Webber, whom he met while playing junior. In an interview, Angela said that the couple were set up on a blind date by Angela's friend, who was dating Price's roommate at the time.[21] They reside in Kelowna during the offseason. Price and Webber were married August 24, 2013 in Washington, the day after, Price flew to Calgary for Hockey Canada's Olympic orientation camp for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[22]


Career statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Bolded numbers indicate league leader.

Season Team League GP W L T/OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2002–03 Tri-City Americans WHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .857
2003–04 Tri-City Americans WHL 28 8 9 3 1363 54 1 2.38 .915
2004–05 Tri-City Americans WHL 63 24 31 8 3712 145 8 2.34 .920
2005–06 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 21 25 6 3072 147 3 2.87 .906
2006–07 Tri-City Americans WHL 46 30 13 1 2722 111 3 2.45 .917
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 1 1 0 117 3 0 1.53 .949
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 10 6 4 0 581 26 1 2.69 .896
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 24 12 3 2413 103 3 2.56 .920
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 23 16 10 3036 143 1 2.83 .905
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 13 20 5 2358 109 0 2.77 .912
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 38 28 6 4206 165 8 2.35 .923
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 26 28 11 3944 160 4 2.43 .916
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 21 13 4 2249 97 3 2.59 .905
NHL totals 310 145 117 39 18207 777 19 2.56 .915
AHL totals 12 7 5 0 698 29 1 2.49 .906
WHL totals 193 83 78 18 10889 459 15 2.53 .914


Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2004 Tri-City Americans WHL 8 5 2 1 470 19 0 2.43 .906
2005 Tri-City Americans WHL 5 1 3 1 325 12 0 2.22 .937
2006 Tri-City Americans WHL 5 1 3 1 302 12 0 2.39 .896
2007 Tri-City Americans WHL 6 2 4 0 348 17 0 2.93 .911
2007 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 22 15 6 0 1314 45 2 2.06 .936
2008 Montreal Canadiens NHL 11 5 6 0 648 30 2 2.78 .901
2009 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 4 0 219 15 0 4.11 .878
2010 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 0 1 0 135 8 0 3.56 .890
2011 Montreal Canadiens NHL 7 3 4 3 455 16 1 2.11 .934
2013 Montreal Canadiens NHL 4 1 2 0 239 13 0 3.26 .894
NHL totals 30 9 17 3 1697 82 3 2.90 .905
AHL totals 22 15 6 0 1314 45 2 2.06 .936
WHL totals 24 9 12 3 1445 60 0 2.49 .914


Year Team Event GP W L MIN SV% GA SO GAA
2007 Canada WJC 6 6 0 370 .961 7 2 1.14
2014 Canada Oly 5 5 0 303 .972 3 2 0.59
Int'l totals 11 11 0 673 .965 10 4 0.89


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  2. ^ "YouTube - Carey Price 2005 NHL Entry Draft". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  3. ^ "WHL Network". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  4. ^ a b "Habs' Price named Rookie of the Month". 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  5. ^ "Price named NHL's first star of the week". 2008. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  6. ^ "Carey Price earns 1st playoff shutout". CBC Sports. April 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-17. 
  7. ^ a b "Price not right in loss to Devils". CBC. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  8. ^ "All-Star Game fans vote often and early with nimble fingers". Montreal Gazette. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-23. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Deconstructing a disappointing season for the Canadiens". TSN. 
  10. ^ "Canadiens sign Price to 2-year, $5.5 million contract". TSN. 2010-09-02. 
  11. ^ "Canadiens reward Carey Price with 6-year deal". Retrieved 2012-07-02. 
  12. ^ "Carey Price Montreal Canadiens - 2012-2013 Game Log - Montréal Canadiens - Team". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  13. ^ "2012-2013 Conference Standings - Montréal Canadiens - Standings". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
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  16. ^ a b c "PLAYER PROFILE - Carey Price". Hockey Canada. Retrieved 2010-03-07. 
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  18. ^ "Staff Bio - Tri-City Americans". Tri-City Americans. Retrieved 2010-03-07. [dead link]
  19. ^ "That's Hockey: Team Biz Nasty vs. Team Doan". 
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  21. ^ "Mag 26.6 - My Man Carey Price - Montréal Canadiens - CANADIENS magazine". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 
  22. ^ "Bleary-eyed Price hits Calgary for Hockey Canada camp a day after getting married". Retrieved 2014-01-25. 

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Preceded by
Kyle Chipchura
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
David Fischer