Carey Price is an accomplished Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender who plays for the ‘Montreal Canadiens’ of the National Hockey League (NHL). He started his junior career in 2002 with ‘Tri-City Americans’ and was later drafted fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the ‘Montreal Canadiens.’ He won the ‘Del Wilson Trophy’ and the ‘CHL Goaltender of the Year’ award, and then joined ‘Hamilton Bulldogs,’ the Canadiens' farm team, and won the ‘Jack A. Butterfield Trophy’ as ‘MVP of the tournament’ while leading the Bulldogs to win their only Calder Cup in 2007. He achieved several feats after becoming starting goaltender of the Canadiens during 2007–08 season which includes becoming the first goaltender in the history of NHL to win the Jennings, Ted Lindsay, Hart and Vezina trophies in the same season. His international achievements include winning a gold medal at the 2007 ‘World Junior Ice Hockey Championships’ and a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in Sochi where he was also voted by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) as the best goaltender.
Childhood & Early Life
Carey Price was born on August 16, 1987, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, to Jerry Price and Lynda, as their eldest child among two children. His father, Jerry, was a goaltender who played in different leagues for four seasons, but didn’t play in the NHL. Jerry also served as goaltending coach of the ‘Tri-City Americans’ for some time. Carey’s mother served as chief of the ‘Ulkatcho First Nation.’
Carey grew up in the small community of Anahim Lake in northern British Columbia where his family relocated when he was three years old. He has a sister, Kayla. Canadian retired professional ice hockey forward Shane Doan is his second cousin.
His father initially taught him to play as goaltender on a frozen creek during winters. He would travel around 320 kilometres by car to Williams Lake city to play organized hockey. His father later bought a plane so that Carey’s travelling time (about ten-hours) could be saved.
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He found place on the roster of a major junior ice hockey team of the Western Hockey League (WHL) called the ‘Tri-City Americans’ during the 2003–04 season and appeared as backup for goaltender Tyler Weiman in 28 games. He became primary starter of Tri-City in the 2004–05 WHL season.
As a result of his impressive performances, the NHL Central Scouting Services ranked him as best North American goaltender for the NHL Entry Draft. ‘Montreal Canadiens’ drafted him fifth overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
In 2007, he won the ‘Del Wilson Trophy’ as top goaltender of WHL, along with the ‘CHL Goaltender of the Year’ award. Little before the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs, Carey joined the farm team of Montreal Canadiens called ‘Hamilton Bulldogs.’ He led the Bulldogs to their first ever ‘Calder Cup’ championship and won the ‘Jack A. Butterfield Trophy’ as the tournament MVP.
He made to the Montreal Canadiens roster as backup goaltender for the 2007–08 NHL season making his debut against the ‘Pittsburgh Penguins’ on October 10, 2007. He received the Canadiens' Molson Cup for October and became starting goaltender of the team later that season.
He became the NHL Rookie of the Month in March 2008, the NHL First Star of the Week during the week ending on April 6, 2008, and was also named in the NHL All-Rookie Team for 2007–08 NHL season.
He played in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game at the Bell Centre in Montreal. He strived all through the 2009–10 season and lost his starting job to Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender Jaroslav Halak, as the Canadiens entered the 2010 ‘Stanley Cup’ playoffs.
He became restricted free agent along with Halák in summer 2010. The Canadiens finally re-signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with Carey after which he resumed his goaltending role while Halák was traded off to the ‘St. Louis Blues.’
He recorded new career highs in the 2010–11 regular season when he won 38 games out of 72 posting 2.35 GAA and .923 save percentage and eight shutouts. He was selected to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. His performance helped his team enter the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs.
The Canadiens signed a six-year, US$39 million contract with him on July 2, 2012.
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The best season of Carey’s career so far has been the 2014–15 when he posted his career high of 1.96 GAA and .933 save percentage with 44 wins out of 66 games.
During the 2014–15 season, he won the ‘Hart Memorial Trophy’ as ‘MVP of the league’; the ‘Ted Lindsay Award’ as ‘MVP’; and the ‘Vezina Trophy’ as best goaltender. He also won the William M. Jennings Trophy along with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. With this he achieved the feat of becoming the second player in the history of the Canadiens to win four awards in a single season.
During the 2016–17 season, he achieved another feat, when he became the first NHL goaltender to win his first ten games in the season. It was reported on July 2, 2017, that his contract was extended for eight years with a yearly cap hit of US$10.5 million.
On April 3, 2018, he made his 557th career NHL start for the Canadiens and with this he surpassed the earlier franchise record held by Jacques Plante.
He played for Canada from the junior level. He won silver medal at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge held in 2004 in Newfoundland, Canada, and at the IIHF World U18 Championship held in 2005 in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Canada won the World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in 2007, third time in a row. He was also named tournament MVP.
He won an Olympic Gold Medal as Canada went undefeated in Men's Hockey at 2014 Sochi Olympics while he posted 0.59 GAA and .971 save percentage. He was also voted by the IIHF as the best goaltender at the event.
He won his first World Cup of Hockey championship in 2016 when Canada went on to win the championship against Team Europe in the best-of-three final.
He married Angela Webber on August 24, 2013, in Benton City, Washington. Their daughter, Liv, was born on May 6, 2016. Angela made an Instagram post on June 23, 2018 declaring that the couple is expecting their second child next winter.
From his mother’s side Carey is of ‘Ulkatcho First Nation’ descent. He was made an honorary co-chair during the 2010 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships. He gives hockey lessons to young athletes and is a mentor of Cody Call, a fellow William Lakes goaltender.
Carey joined hands with CCM to donate equipments, including goalie padding, helmets, sticks, and skates worth $10,000. He donated hockey gear worth $10,000 to a Williams Lake, B.C. based minor hockey league. A breakfast program is also funded by him in an Anahim Lake, B.C. school where he once studied.
The ace goaltender plays the guitar, likes to read sci-fi books and play video games during his spare time.