Carey Price has been playing for the Montreal Canadiens since the start of his career in the NHL. He was drafted in 2005 by them. This article details his early career and possible trading rumors that have been spread since December 2021!
Carey Price: 9 Facts About His Career You Must Know!
1. Could Carey Price be traded in 2022?
Recently we found out that Price could be traded even before appointing a new GM at the Canadiens. This year, the Canadian closed the door to his GM of the past ten years Marc Bergevin as team owner Geoff Molson announced his intentions to start a wind of renewal within the organization. While on TSN for his “Insider Trading” segment, Pierre LeBrun raised the million-dollar question: would Carey Price be a bargaining chip for the new management of the Canadian?
Famously Marc Bergevin has often said publically: he did not want and did not intend to trade Carey Price. He gave his star goalie a big contract tied to his late 30s – with a salary of 10.5 million for the next four seasons.
In the process of reconstruction, it would be strange to keep Price in Montreal. But that would make terribly logical since Price is not injured, and his market value is surely high and several teams with good playoff chances could make the investment. Yes, Price has a no-move clause, it doesn’t necessarily mean he doesn’t really want to miss the playoffs for several more seasons before hanging up his skates. Moreover, we also know that he would like to return to the West and be closer to his wife and family as Price and his family share time in Kelowna, British Columbia and Washington State in the offseason.
2. He was always a passionate kid:
Carey Price is a Canadian ice hockey goalie who is an icon now. But before that, he was born on August 16, 1987. His father Jerry also played professionally after being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers but never carved out a job at the NHL level. He is the cousin of forward Shane Doan who also plays in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes and giant-format defenseman Keaton Ellerby, who plays for the Florida Panthers.
He has a younger sister named Kayla and as a child, he lived with his father Jerry Price, his mother Lynda Price. When Carey was only 3 years old his father shifted the family to Anahim Lake (a province of British Columbia ) where he was raised. The remote town helped his dad coach him to learn the role of goaltender on a frozen creek during the winter months.
When Carey was young he also was taught to play organized hockey in Williams Lake over 6 hours and 320 kilometers (200 mi) away by car on Highway 20 to get to a bridge and play hockey.
Carey’s father bought a plane having to make the ten-hour round trip three days a week to fly him to practice and games. Growing up, the young goalkeeper’s fav NHL team was the Edmonton Oilers and he idolized Patrick Roy and Marty Turco. Today he wears jersey number 31.
3. Most special awards:
Carey Price became the 7th youngest goalkeeper to earn his 100th victory on October 26, 2011.
In 2006-2007, he won the trophy for the best goalkeeper in the Canadian Hockey League, a league that brings together the three junior leagues in Canada: the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and Western Hockey League
Carey Price has gone to three all-star games so far. He also won a medal of gold at the Olympic Games in 2014 in Sochi ( Russia ) and championship world junior and was named the most valuable player in the tournament.
He also won two silver medals in the Under-18 tournament and the Under-17 tournament.
4. Profile wise, Price is a big-build goalie:
He uses his physique a lot to protect his net. He also has excellent puck handling, flexibility, and speed, which helps a lot to stop several good shots. Carey Price’s greatest quality, however, is his ability to cope with pressure. In front of his net, Carey Price demonstrates exemplary calm. This quality allowed him to lead Canada to the gold medal in 2007 and contribute to the Hamilton Bulldogs’ success in the AHL Calder Cup playoffs. It is still too early to accurately assess the impact he will have in the NHL, but due to his athleticism and potential, Price fits in the lineage of the great goaltenders of the Montreal Canadiens.
5. Between 2002 and 2003, he played minor hockey:
320 kilometers from his village (Anahim Lake), Price began playing for the Williams Lake team. Prior to the end of the season, he joined the Western Hockey League and played a game for the Tri-City Americans. The following season, he became Tyler Weiman’s understudy, after playing around 30 games in the regular season. The team advances to the playoffs and he takes the lead over the incumbent, playing eight games to five for Weiman. The team won against the Portland Winterhawks in the first round but were taken out in the second round of the playoffs by Kelowna Rockets (the regular season champions).
In 2004-2005, he was the team’s number one goalie and played sixty-three of the seventy-one regular season games as his team was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Seattle Thunderbirds.
During the summer, he took part in the entry draft for the National Hockey League and was chosen in the first round by the Montreal Canadiens. But he still played two more seasons with his junior team in the Western Hockey League (LHOu). He participated with the star team of the LHOu in the ADT Canada-Russia Challenge in 2006.
6. At the 2007 Junior World Championship, he showed why he was Montreal Canadiens’s main draft:
Carey Price won gold with Canada’s Junior Ice Hockey Team at the 2007 World Under-20 Championship held in Leksand, Sweden. Price started his tournament with a shutout against Sweden (2-0). He then helped Canada defeat the Americans (6-3), the Germans (3-1), the Slovaks (3-0), and the Americans (in the semifinals this time) by a score of 2-1 (in shootout).
Price was particularly sparkling in overtime leading up to the shootout. He repelled 12 American shots in 10 minutes. In total, during this meeting, he stopped 34 of the 35 shots aimed at him, which is a real achievement for such a young goalkeeper.
Carey Price and Team Canada went on to defeat the Russians 4-2 in the gold medal final game. During this tournament, Carey Price was selected to the tournament’s all-star team. He was also voted MVP and MVP. Carey Price lived up to expectations and demonstrated why he was drafted so early in the 2005 entry draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Several media and amateurs had contested this decision of the French to hand over Gilbert Brule, Anze Kopitar, or Marc Staal.
7. His debut in the AHL:
When his team (the Tri-City Americans), were eliminated in six games by the Seattle Thunderbirds, Carey finished his junior year in April 2007 by signing a 3-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens. He immediately reported to the Canadien’s school club, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League. Don Lever, the coach of the Bulldogs, remains however perplexed at the arrival of Price with Hamilton. He decided to employ Price for the last two games of the 2006-2007 AHL season (one win and one loss). He convinced Lever to allow him to be in the first game of the playoffs for the Calder Cup against the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabers.
Here, Price made 34 saves in the first game and signed a shutout. He also had an excellent second game but the team lost and in the fourth game his performance left something to be desired.
8. His debut in the NHL mirrored Ken Dryden and Pat Roy:
In the 2007-08 season, in his first NHL game, youngster Carey Price followed in the footsteps of two of the Canadiens’ great goalies. Like Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy, he scored his first victory in his first game, beating the Pittsburgh Penguins at their home at Mellon Arena.
He stopped 26 of 28 shots aimed at him in a 3-2 win. In his first month of activity in the National League, Carey Price received, against all expectations, the Molson Cup on November 5, 2007. This trophy is awarded to the Montreal Canadiens player with the most stars (1st, 2nd and 3rd star) for a full month.
9. On January 8, 2008, Price was fired by the American League:
The reasons were given by the leaders of the Canadian for a need to improve his technique and to play more games. After a few bad games, he regained his confidence, played well in the American League, and on February 4, 2008, Carey Price was called up to return to the big league. He signed his first shutout in the NHL on February 16, 2008, at the Bell Center against the Philadelphia Flyers, giving the Canadiens a 1-0 victory.
On April 2, 2008, Carey Price received the NHL Rookie Player of the Month for March award for the first time in his career. On April 10, 2008, Carey made his first playoff game against the Boston Bruins winning his first game 4-1. For the second game, he showed an exceptional performance of 37 saves to lead his club to a 3-2 win in overtime. It is in his third game that Carey Price will experience his first loss in the playoff series. Price fell in overtime in a loss of the Habs 2 to 1.
On April 15, 2008, he made his first career shutout in the playoffs in a 1-0 victory for the Montreal Canadians over the Boston Bruins. He made 27 saves during this meeting. In the subsequent playoffs, he made 2 shutouts, from 1 to 0 and 5 to 0. On April 17, 2008, he experienced his second career playoff loss, 5-1, favoring the Boston Bruins.
Price looked a bit unsettled after the Bruins’ 3rd goal and even more on the last as the Boston player walked towards him from a completely closed-angle, he shot and Price didn’t even move a foot and the puck gave him a shot, passed under the left arm. Montreal then led the series 3-2.
On April 19, 2008, Price made the difference in a game that still ended 5-4 in favor of the Boston Bruins. The series will then be equal to 3-3. But on May 3, 2008, in game five of the Canadian flyers series, he allowed 5 goals, in a 4-6 loss that eliminated the Canadian from the 2008 series.