Player of the Week - Carey Price

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 There might not be a more intimidating place to go between the pipes in the NHL than Montreal. The history of the Club de Hockey, the lineage of superstar goaltenders that have played there and the pressure from media and fans make Montreal a place that is not for all types of netminders. It takes someone with tremendous skill and a calm demeanor to put on that sweater and tend goal for the Canadiens; someone exactly like Carey Price.

After a season in 2011-12 that many Canadiens fans would like to forget, Price has reminded the faithful in Montreal early this season why he is widely considered one of the top netminders in the league. The native of Anahim Lake B.C., who was drafted 5th overall by the Habs in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, has settled into his role as the goalie in Montreal and has clearly become the foundation on which the Canadiens are building for the future. Price's stellar play so far in the early stages of this abbreviated 2012-13 season, combined with strong play from his teammates, once again has the Habs faithful believing that, with a goaltender of this caliber, their team can make a push for the top of the Eastern Conference and ultimately compete for the Stanley Cup, something the team has failed to do since the 1993 season.  

-     Carey led the Habs to a sweep of their traditional Super Bowl weekend games at home, defeating the Buffalo Sabres 6-1 on Saturday afternoon and then followed that up with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over the  Ottawa Senators on Sunday

-     He has been between the pipes for 7 of the 8 games the Habs have played this season, posting a 6-1 record

-     Carey is hot at the moment, going 2-0-0, with a 1.00 GAA and a .969 save percentage in last the past 2 games  

 

BIOGRAPHY

  • Born in Anahim Lake, B.C. on August 16, 1987
  • Drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1st round, 5th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft
  • Is a 3-time NHL All-Star, suiting up in ’08-’09, ’10-’11, ’11-‘12
  • Led the Hamilton Bulldogs to the 2006-07 Calder Cup championship (AHL)
  • Has represented the Canada on the international stage, helping lead the U-20 team to a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in 2007 in Leksand, Sweden 

 

 

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