Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 24, 2011

Man of the Day 7/24: Carey Price

Carey Price

Born August 16, 1987 (age 23) in Anahim Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens

Like father, like son: Carey is the son of Jerry Price, also a goaltender who was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1978 (he never played in the NHL but in other pro leagues). Young Carey began his career in the WHL, playing for the Tri-City Americans (where his dad is currently the goaltender coach). During the season of his draft year (2005), he garnered 8 shutouts, a GAA of 2.34 and a .920 save percentage. For that, he was named both WHL and CHL Goaltender of the Year.

After signing an entry-level contract in 2007 with the Canadiens, who picked him 5th overall, he went to their AHL Affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs. He was there for the last three games of regular season play and helped them win the Calder Cup and earn the Butterfield Trophy as rookie of the year ( he’s the only goaltender to be CHL Goaltender of the Year, World Junior Championships MVP and Butterfield Trophy winner in the same year).

He made his NHL debut on October 10, 2007 and promptly earned a win and 26 saves against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Even though he was bounced back and forth between Hamilton and Montreal midway through the season, he was given the starting position after Cristobal Huet was traded to Minnesota. His next season was going well until he injured his ankle and had to sit out a month, but he came back when his backup, Jaroslav Halák, royally screwed up and was pulled during a game against the Atlanta Thrashers (which the Thrashers won 4-2).

His 2009-10 season was so lackluster that he lost his starting position, and that summer both he and Halák were RFAs, and there was a lot of speculation as to whom the Canadiens would keep. The Habs chose Price in the end, signing him to a two-year, $5.5 million contract.

Little known fact: goalies have the power of levitation.

This past season saw a big comeback for Carey, who racked up 38 wins, 8 shutouts, a GAA of 2.35 and a save percentage of .923. That got the Habs to the playoffs, where he had a .935 save percentage despite the team’s elimination in Round 1 by the Boston Bruins.

Did you know? Carey’s mom was at one time chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation. He’s also related to two fellow hockey players – Shane Doan of the Phoenix Coyotes and Keaton Ellerby of the Florida Panthers are his second cousins. It’s a small world after all!

– Krista

Save a horse, ride a cowboy. Or save a Zamboni, ride a hockey player.

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