NHL — Montreal Canadiens
Member of the Ulkatcho First Nation
2014 Olympic Gold Medalist
2015 Lou Marsh Award Winner
2015 Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy and William M. Jennings Trophy Recipient
2015 Ted Lindsay Award Winner
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Hometown: Anahim Lake, British Columbia
Carey Price is quite simply a generational talent who has continued the fabled goaltending tradition of the Montreal Canadiens alongside celebrated names like Plante, Dryden, and Roy.
The rise to the pantheon of goaltending greats began in a small community of Anahim Lake in Northern BC, where he learned to skate on a river rink that his father Jerry built next to his home.
With a growing love for the game, he spent years playing outdoors then making the 600-kilometre roundtrip to the closest indoor rink in Williams Lake where he continued his path to greatness.
At 15, Carey backstopped the Williams Lake midget team to their first and only AAA Provincial Championship and was drafted to the WHL. In his short time in the league, he captured the WHL West First Team All-Star and WHL Goaltender of the Year.
Then, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Price was selected fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens and made his first NHL start in 2007.
Over the next 12 seasons he would become the franchise's all-time leader in wins with 348 — surpassing all of the legends.
In 2015, he became the first goaltender in NHL history to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as MVP, the Vezina Trophy, the William M. Jennings Trophy and the Ted Lindsay Award in the same season.
The NHL trophy-sweep also earned him the Lou Marsh Award as Canada's best athlete.
Carey has also represented Team Canada numerous times, capturing gold at the 2007 IIHF World Junior Championships, at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey and at the Sochi 2014 Olympics.
A proud member of the Ulkatcho First Nation through his mother Lynda's family, Carey continues to honour his Indigenous roots by returning to Northern BC each year to donate equipment and to support the Breakfast Club of Canada in Anahim Lake.
In one of his many acceptance speeches, he reflected on the importance of his humble beginnings and his heart for Indigenous youth:
"I would really like to encourage First Nations kids to be leaders in their communities. Be proud of your heritage and don’t be discouraged from the improbable. Chanalya – thank you.”
With the strength of his heritage and the impassioned history of Les Canadiens de Montréal, he'll continue to chase the only prize that has eluded him in his career:
The Stanley Cup.