Carey Price (born 16.8.1987) is a Canadian ice hockey goaltender. He has been playing in the NHL since 2007 and he has played his whole career with the Montreal Canadiens. Carey Price is considered to be one of the best hockey goalie in the world.
Price played one game in the WHL at season 2002-03 with Tri-City Americans. He made to the Tri-City roster next season and played 28 games with 91,5% save percentage. In the season 2004-05, Price took over as the primary starter of the Americans and played 63 games with a 2.34 GAA and 92% save percentage. Price was drafted 5th overall in the 2005 NHL Draft by Montreal Canadiens. Price played two more seasons with Tri-City Americans and joined Montreal Canadiens farm team, Hamilton Bulldogs, just before the start of the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs (AHL) – following Tri-City’s early playoff exit. Price led the Bulldogs to won their first Calder Cup – he won Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP with 2.06 GAA and 93,6% save percentage.
On 10.10.2007, Price made his NHL debut against Pittsburgh Penguins. Price was reassigned to Hamilton Bulldogs in January 2008, but after about one month later, Montreal traded starting goaltender Cristobal Huet to Washington Capitals, Price took starting role for the Canadiens. In 2009-10 season, Price struggled and he lost his starting role to the Jaroslav Halak. After the season, there were weeks of trading speculation of Price, but Canadiens chose Price and traded Halak to the St. Louis Blues and re-signed Price to a two-year contract. in 2010-11 season, Price played again in the starting role and recorded new career highs – eight shutouts, 2.35 GAA and 92,3% save percentage. On 2.7.2012, Price re-signed with the Canadiens on six-year contract. In 2013-14 season, Price recorded again new career highs – 2.32 GAA and 92,7% save percentage. Price played his best playoffs so far as the Canadiens entered to the Eastern Conference Finals. In the game 1 of the Conference Finals against New York Rangers, Price was injured and he was ruled out for the rest of series – New York Rangers won the series 4-2 and entered to the Stanley Cup Finals.
Season 2014-15 was the best season of the Price’s career so far. He finished regular season as the leader of the three leading categories for goaltenders: GAA (1.96), save percentage (93,3%) and wins (44). He won the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL’s MVP, the Vezina Trophy as the best goaltender, the Ted Lindsay Award as most valuable player as voted by the NHLPA and the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goal allowed (189 – tied with Corey Crawford). In 2015-16 season, Price suffered knee injury and played only 12 games. On 2.7.2017, Price signed eight-year contract extension with the Canadiens. In 2017-18 season, Price again suffered several injuries and played only 49 games. After 2019-20 season, Price have played 558 games with the Canadiens and recorded 321 wins – both are the most of the franchise history.
Carey Price played with Team Canada in the 2005 IIHF World U18 Ice Hockey Championships. Team Canada and Price won silver medals. Price played in 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships – Team Canada and Price won gold medals. Price was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team. Price was starting goalie of Team Canada and he ended the tournament undefeated in five games with 0.59 GAA and 97,1% save percentage. Price and Team Canada won gold medals and Price was named tournament’s best goaltender.