In what has just been the ‘Year of the Goalie’, it is only fitting that Montreal’s Carey Price swept through the NHL Awards and was named not just the NHL’s but the player’s MVP.
Price had a year to remember for the Habs, posting the most wins for any Canadiens goaltender in their history, as well as the best goals against average and best save percentage in the NHL. He was the best of the best.
The only thing missing from Price’s resume this year is a Stanley Cup Championship. That’s not his fault, he can’t score, and that is what killed Montreal this season.
But back to Price, his ability to achieve at a high level has been readily apparent since his days as a standout goaltender in Tri City of the Western Hockey League. The kid from Anahim Lake, BC would win games singlehandedly in the Dub. He would then lead the Hamilton Bulldogs to a Cinderella Calder Cup Championship the first year he was there too. At every level, his cool demeanor, his unflappability, has been was has separated him from good to great.
Price is not your regular goalie, if there is such an animal. He is not quirky, he is not flighty, he doesn’t snap, he is calm, cool and collected. You cannot have the success that Price has had without having that gravitas that he carries.
Price’s even temperament comes from his parents. His father would drive young Carey 4-6 hours in each direction some days through the brutal BC winters to get Price to practice.
Price never forgot the sacrifice. He thanks his parents regularly and if you remember anything from the 2014 Sochi Games, you will remember afterwards downstairs at the Sochi Ice Complex when Price put his Gold Medal around his Dad’s neck and hugged him.
He is a winner, and a worthy recipient of the awards he has received…and last night the NHL made sure that the Price was right.