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Carey Price
NUMBER: 31 BIRTHDATE: August 16, 1987  (AGE 26)
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Anahim Lake, BC, Canada
WEIGHT: 212 DRAFTED: MTL / 2005 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 1st   (5th overall)
<span class="txt18Strg">All-Star Profile </span><br /> <br /> <a href="#quick"><b>QUICK FACTS</b></a><br /> <a href="#he"><b>HE SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#they"><b>THEY SAID IT</b></a><br /> <a href="#news"><b>IN THE NEWS</b></a><br /> <a href="#video"><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b></a><br /> <br /> <a name="quick"></a><b>QUICK FACTS</b><br /> Having burst upon the NHL scene last season, Price has followed up his glittering rookie season beautifully. And Montreal fans rewarded him by electing him to the Eastern Conference's starting goaltending spot with the highest vote total for any goaltender in the history of NHL All-Star fan balloting. <br /> <br /> Price, who turned 21 last summer, was named to the NHL's All-Rookie Team at the end of a 2007-08 season in which he became the first NHL goaltender aged 20 or younger to win 20 games in a season since Patrick Roy and Tom Barrasso in 1985-86. Price's 24 victories, .920 save percentage, three shutouts and 1,179 saves all were tops among rookie goalies. <br /> <br /> Of course, that rookie NHL season was merely an extension of a remarkable final junior year/first taste of the pros. In 2006-07, Price backstopped Canada to the gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship &ndash; where he was named tournament MVP &ndash; was named the 2007 CHL Goaltender of the Year and joined Hamilton in time to lead it to the Calder Cup championship while winning the AHL Playoffs MVP trophy. No other goaltender in hockey history has been CHL goalie of the year, World Juniors MVP and AHL playoffs MVP in the same season. <br /> <br /> Price comes from a family of achievers. His mother, Lynda, is chief of the Ulkatcho Band of the Carrier Nation in their native Anahim Lake, British Columbia. His father, Jerry, was a draft pick of the Philadelphia Flyers in the '70s who would fly Carey to the larger town of Williams Lake, BC, in his Piper Cherokee so that the youngster could play against a higher level of competition. <br /> <br /> <a name="he"></a><b>HE SAID IT</b><br /> On leadership: &quot;I'm still really young. I look to other guys in this room to be a leader ... (but) I'm the goaltender, so I'm going to have to be a partial leader. I know guys look at me to see how I'm doing. Body language is a big part of that. I'm not really a guy who's going to stand up in front of a room and be like, 'Yeah, hurrah, let's go, guys'.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the loyalty of Montreal fans: &quot;We have a pretty big following no matter where we go. It seems like whenever we're in an opposition rink, there's at least 5,000 strong that are rooting for us. It definitely gives you a boost when you're in an opposition rink.&quot; <br /> <br /> On Patrick Roy: &quot;It's definitely going to be one of the highlights of my career. I grew up watching him. He's been an icon for a lot of young goaltenders, especially from my generation. He was the first one to perfect the butterfly style and that's the style I play. He's been kind of a role model for me.&quot; <br /> <br /> On the Montreal Canadiens new practice facility, the Bell Sports Complex: &quot;The TV set in the players' lounge is bigger than the one I have at home. I might just set up my Xbox in there and hang out. Set up my bed in here. There are probably a few spare rooms. I could hide in here.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="they"></a><b>THEY SAID IT</b><br /> Montreal Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges: &quot;He's not as bizarre as a lot of other goalies I know. He's got that small-town mentality, which I think is great as a fellow Western guy, and it allows him to not get too worked up about things.&quot; <br /> <br /> Montreal Canadiens goaltending coach Roland Melanson: &quot;He's worked very hard. Carey's definitely a special package ... Carey comes from a family of goaltenders. He's been schooled by his dad since he was four or five years old, so he's got really good feet and he also thinks the game very well. He's also a proud athlete. He wants people to talk about him.&quot; <br /> <br /> Montreal Canadiens strength and conditioning co-ordinator Scott Livingston: &quot;Carey was a junior player, then suddenly he was our main guy. He had to grow up real fast and understand that. To his credit, he did ... he's looked in the mirror and made a decision to be as good as he can be. Carey is one of these guys who, once he sees the writing on the wall, redoubles his efforts and gets himself ready.&quot; <br /> <br /> <a name="news"></a><b>IN THE NEWS</b><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=393161&amp;cmpid=rss">Leaner Price trying to live up to hype in Montreal</a><br /> <a href="http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=393971&amp;cmpid=rss">Roy casts a long shadow</a><br /> <br /> <a name="video"></a><b>VIDEO FEATURES</b><br /> <a href="http://canadiens.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?&amp;id=18129">HabsTV: Price 2007-08 Season in Review</a><br /> <br />
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