Carey Price is a skilled Canadian goaltender who competes in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the ‘Montreal Canadiens’. He began his junior career in 2002 with the “Tri-City Americans,” and the “Montreal Canadiens” selected him fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. He joined the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens’ farm team, and won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as “MVP of the Tournament” while helping the Bulldogs win their only Calder Cup in 2007. He also won the Del Wilson Trophy and the CHL Goaltender of the Year awards. He accomplished a number of things after taking over as the Canadiens’ starting goalkeeper in the 2007–08 season, including becoming the only goaltender in NHL history to win the Jennings, Ted Lindsay, Hart, and Vezina trophies in the same year. His international accomplishments include gold medals at the 2007 “World Junior Ice Hockey Championships” and the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where he also won the Best Goaltender award from the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).
Early Childhood & Life
As the eldest of their two children, Carey Price was born to Jerry Price and Lynda on August 16, 1987, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Jerry, his father, played goaltending for four seasons in various leagues outside of the National Hockey League. For a while, Jerry also coached the ‘Tri-City Americans’ goalies. The chief of the “Ulkatcho First Nation” was Carey’s mother.
Carey’s family moved to the little town of Anahim Lake in northern British Columbia when he was three years old, and here is where he spent his childhood. Kayla is his sister. His second cousin is former Canadian professional ice hockey forward Shane Doan.
He learned how to play goalkeeper from his father on a frozen brook during the winter. To play organized hockey, he would drive about 320 kilometers to Williams Lake City. Later, his father purchased a plane to reduce Carey’s journey time (about ten hours).
Country Career of Carey Price
During the 2003–04 season, he earned a spot on the Tri-City Americans roster of a major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and played in 28 games as Tyler Weiman’s backup. During the 2004–05 WHL season, he was Tri-City’s go–to starter.
The NHL Central Scouting Services ranked him as the top North American goaltender for the NHL Entry Draft as a result of his outstanding performances. In the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, the “Montreal Canadiens” selected him fifth overall.
He received both the CHL Goaltender of the Year and the Del Wilson Trophy in 2007 as the best goalie in the WHL. Carey joined the Hamilton Bulldogs, a farm team of the Montreal Canadiens, just before the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. He earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the competition’s MVP and guided the Bulldogs to their first-ever “Calder Cup” victory.
He joined the Montreal Canadiens team as a backup goalkeeper for the 2007–08 NHL season, making his NHL debut on October 10, 2007, against the “Pittsburgh Penguins.” Later that season, he took over as the team’s starting goalkeeper after winning the Molson Cup for the Canadiens in October.
In addition to being named to the NHL All-Rookie Team for the 2007–2008 NHL season, he was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for the month of March 2008, the NHL First Star of the Week for the week ending April 6, 2008, and more.
At the Bell Centre in Montreal, he participated in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game. The Canadiens entered the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, and despite his best efforts throughout the 2009–10 season, Jaroslav Halak won the starting job.
In the summer of 2010, he too became a restricted free agent, joining Halák. Carey’s two-year, $5.5 million contract extension with the Canadiens allowed him to return to goaltender while Halak was traded to the “St. Louis Blues.”
In the 2010–11 regular season, he achieved new career highs by winning 38 of the 72 games, posting 2.35 GAA,.923 save percentage, and eight shutouts. He received a roster spot for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. His performance aided his team’s advancement to the Stanley Cup playoffs in 2011.
On July 2, 2012, the Canadiens agreed to a six-year, US$39 million contract with him.
The 2014–15 season, in which Carey won 44 of 66 games and recorded a career-high 1.96 GAA and.933 save percentage, was his finest season to date.
He earned the Ted Lindsay Award for MVP, the Hart Memorial Trophy for league MVP, and the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender in the 2014–15 season. In addition, he and Chicago Blackhawks player Corey Crawford shared the William M. Jennings Trophy. With this, he accomplished the rare accomplishment of becoming only the second Canadiens player to ever win four awards in a single campaign.
He accomplished another feat in the 2016–17 season when he became the first NHL goaltender to win his first ten games of the campaign. His contract was reportedly extended for an additional eight years with an annual cap cost of $10.5 million on July 2, 2017.
He eclipsed Jacques Plante’s previous franchise record on April 3, 2018, as he made his 557th career NHL start for the Canadiens.
Worldwide Career of Carey Price
He started out as a junior player for Canada. In 2004 in Newfoundland, Canada, at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, he took home a silver medal. In 2005, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, at the IIHF World U18 Championship.
For the third time in a row, Canada won the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships. He was also voted the competition’s MVP.
As Canada went unbeaten in men’s hockey at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he earned an Olympic Gold Medal with a 0.59 GAA and.971 save percentage. In addition, the IIHF selected him as the competition’s top goalkeeper.
When Canada defeated Team Europe in the best-of-three final to win the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, he took home his first title.
Individual Life of Carey Price
On August 24, 2013, in Benton City, Washington, he wed Angela Webber. On May 6, 2016, their daughter Liv was born. On June 23, 2018, Angela announced on Instagram that the pair would be welcoming a second child in the winter.
Carey is of ‘Ulkatcho First Nation’ ancestry on his mother’s side. During the 2010 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships, he was appointed honorary co-chair. In addition to mentoring teammate William Lakes goalie Cody Call, he teaches young athletes hockey.
Carey partnered with CCM to donate $10,000 worth of equipment, including goalkeeper gear, helmets, sticks, and skates. He gave a small hockey league in Williams Lake, British Columbia $10,000 worth of hockey equipment. He also contributes to the breakfast program at a school in Anahim Lake, British Columbia, where he formerly attended.
The top goalie enjoys playing the guitar, reading science fiction, and playing video games in his free time.