Carey Price

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Carey Price
Price with the Montreal Canadiens in January 2020
Born (1987-08-16) August 16, 1987 (age 36)
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada[1]
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 5th overall, 2005
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2007–2022

Carey Price (born August 16, 1987) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently under contract for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). Considered one of the best goaltenders in the world during his career,[2][3][4][5] Price is the winningest goaltender in Canadiens history as of the 2021–22 season, with 361 wins.

Beginning his junior career with the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League in 2002, Price was drafted fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft following his second season with the Tri-City Americans. He won the Del Wilson Trophy as the top goaltender in the Western Hockey League (WHL), and CHL Goaltender of the Year in his final season of major junior in 2007. Joining the Canadiens' farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) just as the Calder Cup playoffs begun, Price led the Bulldogs to the Calder Cup championship and won the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the tournament MVP. Price made the Canadiens roster for the 2007–08 season as the backup goaltender before ultimately becoming the starting goaltender later that season. In 2015, he won the Ted Lindsay Award, William M. Jennings Trophy, Vezina Trophy, and Hart Trophy, becoming the first goaltender in NHL history to win all four awards in the same season.[6] In 2021, Price led the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup Finals appearance since 1993 before eventually losing to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

Internationally, Price represented Canada at various tournaments at junior levels, winning silver medals at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge in 2004 and the IIHF World U18 Championship in 2005. He won a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships in Sweden. In 2014, Price was named to the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team and led the Canadian team to a gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, posting a .972 save percentage and 0.59 goals against average across 5 games. Price's play earned him the tournament's top goaltending award. In 2016, Price went undefeated en route to winning the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Early life[edit]

Carey Price was born in Vancouver to Lynda and Jerry Price.[1][7][8][9] His mother is the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation.[10] His father was also a goaltender and drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers 126th overall in the 1978 NHL Amateur Draft.[10] Although Jerry never played in the NHL, he did play four seasons of professional hockey in various leagues[11] and was for a time the goaltending coach of the Tri-City Americans.[12] Price has a younger sister, Kayla, and is second cousins with former professional ice hockey player Shane Doan.[13]

When Price was three, his family moved to the remote town of Anahim Lake in central British Columbia where he was raised.[1][7][9] He was taught to play goaltender by his father on a frozen creek during the winter months and played organized hockey in Williams Lake over five hours and 320 kilometres (200 mi) away by car on Highway 20. Having to make the ten-hour round trip three days a week, Carey's father eventually bought a Piper PA-28 Cherokee to fly him to practice and games.[14]

Playing career[edit]

Tri-City Americans[edit]

Price made his first appearance in the Western Hockey League (WHL) in a single game for the Tri-City Americans during the 2002–03 season. He then made the Tri-City roster the next season, appearing in 28 games as the backup for Colorado Avalanche prospect Tyler Weiman, posting a 2.38 Goals against average (GAA) and .915 save percentage. The next season, Price took over as the primary starter of the team and established himself as a top goaltender, playing in a league-high 63 games with a 2.34 GAA and .920 save percentage and eight shutouts, both in the league top ten. Ranking as the best North American goaltender by NHL Central Scouting, Price was drafted fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens. This move was considered surprising by many, both because Price was widely projected to be drafted in the middle of the first round, and because the Canadiens' then-current goaltender, José Theodore, had won the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender three years prior.[15][16]

During the 2005–06 season, Price's play in Tri-City suffered considerably and he ended the season with a 2.87 GAA and a .906 save percentage while starting 55 games. Price rebounded the next season with a very strong 2006–07 season, posting an excellent 2.45 GAA and .917 save percentage while winning both the Del Wilson Trophy as the top WHL goaltender and the CHL Goaltender of the Year award.[17] Despite this, the Americans were eliminated in six games during the 2007 playoffs.

Hamilton Bulldogs[edit]

Price playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs in June 2007 during the 2007 Calder Cup finals

Following Tri-City's early playoff exit, later that spring, Price joined the Montreal Canadiens farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, just before the start of the 2007 Calder Cup playoffs. In two regular season appearances with the Bulldogs, Price allowed only three goals and won one game. Price led the Bulldogs on a remarkable run that spring, defeating the Hershey Bears four games to one in the finals as the team won their first Calder Cup. Price became only the third teenage goaltender to win the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL playoff MVP, posting a 2.06 GAA and .936 save percentage.

Montreal Canadiens (2007–2022)[edit]

2007–2014: Early career, Eastern Conference Final runs[edit]

Price made his highly anticipated Canadiens debut on October 10, 2007, against the Pittsburgh Penguins and recorded 26 saves in a 3–2 win. After the first month of the season, he was awarded the Canadiens' Molson Cup for October, given to the player with the most first-star selections. Although reassigned to the Hamilton Bulldogs midway through the season in January, he was called back up shortly over a month later. With the trading of starting goaltender Cristobal Huet to the Washington Capitals before the trading deadline, Price assumed the starting role for the Canadiens. He was subsequently named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March[18] and the NHL First Star of the Week (ending April 6, 2008)[19] as the Canadiens finished first overall in the Eastern Conference and earned their first division title since 1991–92.[18] Price completed the regular season leading all rookie goaltenders in wins (24), save percentage (.920) and shutouts (3). He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in recognition for his accomplishments in his first year in the NHL. Entering the playoffs against the Boston Bruins, Price recorded a 1–0 win on April 15, 2008, becoming the first Canadiens rookie to post a playoff shutout since Patrick Roy in 1986.[20] He would go on to record another shutout in game seven to eliminate Boston. Montreal lost in the second round to the Philadelphia Flyers, with Price losing three of the last four games.

Price warming up in March 2009 prior to a game in the 2008–09 season

After a strong start to the 2008–09 season, in which he earned a second Molson Cup in November, Price injured his ankle on December 30, 2008.[21] Forced out of action for nearly a month, during which he was voted in as a starting goaltender for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal (along with teammates Alexei Kovalev, Andrei Markov and Mike Komisarek)[22] he made his return to action on January 20, 2009, after backup Jaroslav Halák was pulled in a 4–2 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.[21] Going into the 2009 playoffs as the eighth and final seed, the Canadiens played the Boston Bruins in the opening round for the second consecutive season. They were swept in four games, with the Bruins scoring at least four times in each game. In the final game at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Price surrendered four goals in two periods. After stopping a weak dump-in, the crowd cheered sarcastically and Price responded by putting his arms up in the air, similar to Patrick Roy's gesture on December 2, 1995, in a game after which Roy requested a trade from the Canadiens.[23]

Price struggled throughout the 2009–10 season, winning only 13 games and losing the starting job to Halák as the Canadiens entered the playoffs as the eighth and final seed. Although the Canadiens made a surprise run to the Eastern Conference final, upsetting both the top seeded Washington Capitals and the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins along the way, Price appeared in only four games, losing one and getting no decision in each of the others, only coming off the bench when the game was out of hand. The highlight of the season for Price was stopping 37 of 38 shots in a 5–1 win over the Boston Bruins in the Canadiens' 100 year anniversary game on December 4, 2009, and the low point was surrendering four goals in his only start of the playoffs. In the 2010 off-season, both Price and Halák became restricted free agents and a goaltending debate emerged in Montreal over who would remain with the team – the playoff hero Halák or the younger Price. After weeks of media speculation, the Canadiens chose Price, trading Halák to the St. Louis Blues and re-signing Price to a two-year, $5.5 million contract to return to his role as starting goaltender.[24]

Price defends the net against Jeff Skinner in a November 2011 game against the Carolina Hurricanes

The 2010–11 pre-season was a tough start for Price. During the 2010–11 regular season, however, Price played in 72 games recording new career highs including 38 wins, eight shutouts a 2.35 GAA and a .923 save percentage, and was selected to play in the 2011 NHL All-Star Game. This play from Price allowed the Canadiens to enter the 2011 Stanley Cup playoffs. This strong play continued for Price in the playoffs posting a .935 save percentage. It was not enough, however, to lead the Canadiens to victory, as they ultimately fell in seven games in the first round to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins.

On October 26, 2011, Price earned his 100th win in his NHL career in his 214th game. A few months later, he participated to his third All-Star Game. The 2011–12 season, however, did not go well for the Canadiens, and they missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2006–07 season. Price missed the last four games of the season due to a concussion.

On July 2, 2012, Price re-signed with the Canadiens on a six-year contract worth US$39 million.[25] During the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season, Price started the year very well, winning 18 of his first 28 starts[26] as the Canadiens, in stark contrast to the previous season, were one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, going 29–14–5, good enough for second in the conference.[27] Price's play, however, dropped off in the final weeks of the season, going 2–6 and allowing 27 goals. Nonetheless, the Canadiens went into the playoffs against the seventh seeded Ottawa Senators. In Game 4, with the score tied 2–2 as the third period came to an end, Price suffered a groin injury and did not return for the overtime period and was replaced by Peter Budaj; the Senators would go on to score and win the game. Price's injury sidelined him for the rest of the series and the Canadiens were eliminated in five games. Price ended the playoffs with a sub-par 3.26 GAA and an .894 save percentage.[citation needed]

Price in January 2013 during a practice with the Canadiens during the 2012–13 season

The 2013–14 season saw Price return to form, recording 34 wins to go along with a career best 2.32 GAA and .927 save percentage, leading the Canadiens to their second 100-point season since the 2007–08 season. The Canadiens entered the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs as the fourth seed in the Eastern Conference against the Tampa Bay Lightning, whom they swept in four games, marking Price's first playoff series win since his rookie year.[28] The Montreal Canadiens then faced the Presidents' Trophy-winning Boston Bruins in the second round for the fourth time of Price's NHL career. In contrast to the previous two postseason meetings, the Canadiens upset the Bruins, ousting them in seven games. Following a 4–2 defeat in Game 5 at TD Garden, Price shut out the Bruins in Game 6 by a score of 4–0 before stopping 29 shots in a 3–1 victory in Game 7 to eliminate Boston and advance to the Conference finals. His and the Canadiens' run, however, ended against the New York Rangers. In Game 1 at the Bell Centre, with the Rangers up 2–0 near the end of the second period, Rangers forward Chris Kreider crashed into Price. He would stay in net for the remainder of the period, allowing two more goals before the intermission. Price was then replaced by backup Peter Budaj in the third period as the Rangers scored three more goals to hammer the Canadiens 7–2 in Game 1.[29] Price was soon ruled out for the rest of the series with an unspecified lower-body injury, as the Canadiens fell in six games to the Rangers, the second year in-a-row Price had a premature ending to his playoffs due to injury.[30]

2014–2021: Hart and Vezina trophies, injuries, Stanley Cup Finals appearance[edit]

Price would follow up in 2014–15 with the best season of his career, as he would finish the season as the leader of the three leading categories for goaltenders: GAA (1.96), save percentage (.933), and wins (44), all career highs as he would help the Canadiens win the Atlantic Division.[31] That season he would go on to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player, the Vezina Trophy as best goaltender, the Ted Lindsay Award as most valuable player as voted by the NHLPA, and the William M. Jennings Trophy for fewest goals allowed (in a tie with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks with 189 goals allowed).[32] He became only the second player in franchise history to win 4 awards in one season.

Early in the 2015–16 season, Price suffered a knee injury. At the time of the injury, he was expected to return after six weeks. However, on April 6, 2016, the Canadiens announced that Price would not return for the remainder of the season. The extent of Price's injury was revealed to be a medial collateral ligament injury (MCL sprain).[33]

Price in January 2015 during the 2014–15 season

At the beginning of the 2016–17 season, Price would set a record for most consecutive wins to start a season with 10 (later be surpassed by Jack Campbell of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2020–21 season).[34]

On July 2, 2017, it was announced that Price signed an eight-year contract extension with an annual cap hit of US$10.5 million totaling to US$84 million for the entire contract. His new contract will run through the 2025–26 season.[35][36] This made Price the highest paid goaltender in the 2018–2019 NHL season, surpassing goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.[37]

After a dismal month at the start of the 2017–18 season, Price left the lineup due to a minor lower body injury, leaving goaltenders Al Montoya and Charlie Lindgren to take his place.[38][39] On February 22, 2018, Price was ruled out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers.[40] On March 19, 2018, Price returned from his concussion and dressed for the first time in 13 games for a game against the Florida Panthers.[41] Despite his injuries, Price made in his 557th career NHL start for the Canadiens on April 3, 2018, surpassing the previous franchise record holder Jacques Plante.[42]

On October 27, 2018, after a 3–0 win over the Boston Bruins, Price surpassed Patrick Roy for second place in Canadiens franchise career wins with his 290th career victory.[43] Price was named to the 2019 National Hockey League All-Star Game, his sixth All-Star nomination, but he chose to defer due to a lower-body injury.[44] On March 12, 2019, with a 3–1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings, Price surpassed Jacques Plante for first place in Canadiens franchise career wins with his 315th.[45] Even though the Canadiens missed the 2019 playoffs by two points, Price had an improved season, with a 35-24-6 record and a .918 save percentage in 66 games.

For the 2019–20 season, Price played 58 games in the regular season, recording a .909 save percentage and a 27–25–6 record. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the regular season was ended prematurely. Price's presence on the Canadiens' lineup became a point of discussion in the media during the NHL's debates on the format for the belated 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, which were to be held in an expanded format that allowed the Canadiens to participate for the first time in three years. The Canadiens were scheduled to play a qualifying round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and it was reported that the Penguins had objected to the idea of a best-of-three series on the basis that Price's presence gave the Canadiens an unfair advantage relative to their regular season performance.[46] The Penguins publicly denied this subsequently. Ultimately a best-of-five format was chosen instead. The Canadiens defeated the Penguins 3–1 in the qualifying round, with Price recording a .947 save percentage. The team went on to lose the first round to the Philadelphia Flyers four games to two.[47]

With pandemic restrictions and effects still in place, the NHL arranged for all teams to play exclusively within realigned divisions for the 2020–21 season, with all Canadian teams playing in the newly formed North Division. Towards the end of the season, Price sustained a concussion on April 20, 2021, after a collision with Alex Chiasson of the Edmonton Oilers. As part of his return to the ice, he played a game with the Canadiens' AHL affiliate the Laval Rocket on May 17.[48] Price finished the regular season with an underwhelming .901 save percentage and 2.64 goals against average as the Canadiens clinched the final seed in the playoffs. Price would see notable statistical improvements throughout the playoffs while the Canadiens advanced to their first Stanley Cup Finals in 28 years. The Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs in seven games by overcoming a 3–1 series deficit in round 1, then swept the Winnipeg Jets in round 2, and finally defeated the Vegas Golden Knights four games to two in the semifinals to win the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl. Price was widely cited as the most important player in the Canadiens' deep run to the Final.[49] When asked about the difference between Price's regular and post-season performances in recent years, then-Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin remarked "I guess the expression we could use he's a big-game player. He rises to the occasion. He does extremely well under pressure."[50] In the Stanley Cup Finals against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Price and the Canadiens lost the first three games, but won Game 4 in overtime to avoid getting swept. Price made 32 saves in the win and then 29 saves in Game 5, which the Canadiens lost 1–0 as the Lightning won their second-consecutive Stanley Cup title.[49]

2021–present: Later years, health struggles and Masterton Trophy[edit]

With the arrival of the Seattle Kraken as the NHL's 32nd team, the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft was scheduled. As each team was only allowed to protect one goaltender and Price had a contractual guarantee of protection in such situations, it was widely assumed that the Kraken would select Price's backup Jake Allen on the basis of his strong performance in the previous season and economical contract.[51] Price proposed to waive his no movement clause so the Canadiens could instead protect Allen, with the team's calculation being that the Kraken would opt not to take Price's contract due to its cap hit and duration.[52] Ultimately, the Kraken declined the opportunity to select Price, and selected defenseman Cale Fleury from the Canadiens instead.[51] The Athletic remarked afterward that "now that Seattle has taken a pass, the reality that Price will play his entire career in a Canadiens uniform seems impossible to refute."[52]

Price underwent knee surgery in July 2021 and was initially expected to be ready to begin the season on October 13.[53] However, on October 7 it was announced by the Canadiens that Price would be entering the NHL/NHLPA Player Assistance Program, established to help NHL players and their families deal with substance abuse, mental health, and other personal challenges. On November 9, 2021, Price rejoined his Canadiens teammates and went on to release a statement explaining his leave, revealing that he made the decision to enter a residential treatment facility for substance abuse following "years of neglecting [his] own mental health".[54]

Following his departure from the player assistance program, Price embarked on an extended rehabilitation of his knee, a process that lasted months past what was initially expected and involved multiple setbacks. In his absence, the Canadiens, plagued by injuries to other players, fell to the bottom of the league standings. Team owner Geoff Molson sacked general manager Bergevin, and subsequently coach Dominique Ducharme was removed as well, replaced by Martin St. Louis, a former teammate of Price's on the 2014 Canadian Olympic team.[55] In early April, it was announced that Price would travel with the team to away games against New Jersey and Toronto, but would not play in either.[56] After days of speculation, it was confirmed that he would make his first start on April 15 against the New York Islanders, the Canadiens' seventy-fifth game of the season.[57] In his return, he gave up 2 goals on 20 shots in a 3–0 loss to the Islanders.[58] After three additional games, Price consulted with his New York-based specialist on continued knee inflammation, but said "there were no real questions answered for me."[59] He returned to the net for the Canadiens' final game of the season, a 10–2 rout of the Florida Panthers for his only win of the season.[60] Price indicated that he would seek further answers over the summer. Addressing the possibility that the season-ender was his final game with the team, he said "if it is it, that would be a great way to do it."[59]

Price was named a finalist for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to the player who "best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."[61] On winning the award, he observed "there's obstacles in life that will always challenge you, and I think having the ability to overcome those and keep things in perspective and keep moving forward is something that we should all be teaching our children and loved ones."[62]

On August 18, 2022, Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes announced that Price was unlikely to play during the 2022–23 season, and that if he were to return at all, it would likely require additional surgery.[63] Price later disclosed in an interview with The Athletic that the contemplated surgery was an osteochondral autograft transfer, but that the odds of success were such that it was unlikely he would pursue it, given the risk to his daily quality of life were it not to succeed.[64]

Price's wife Angela hinted at Price’s retirement in April 2023, stating they were moving back to British Columbia. Although Price said he wished he could have returned, he realized that it was not possible.[65] Subsequently, The Athletic reported in September 2023 that "[Price] knows he will never play professional hockey again," with his priority shifting to maintaining his quality of life.[66]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
Winter Olympics
Gold medal – first place 2014 Sochi
Canada Cup / World Cup
Gold medal – first place 2016 Toronto
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Sweden
IIHF World U18 Championships
Silver medal – second place 2005 Czech Republic
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Silver medal – second place 2004 Newfoundland and Labrador

Price made his international debut for Canada at the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships in the Czech Republic. He appeared in four games, earning a silver medal as Team Canada was defeated by the United States 5–1 in the gold medal game. Two years later, in his final year of major junior, Price was named to Team Canada for the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden. He led Team Canada to a third consecutive gold medal and was named Tournament MVP and Top Goaltender after going 6–0 with two shutouts, a 1.14 GAA and .961 save percentage. He was also named to the Tournament All-Star team along with teammates Jonathan Toews and Kris Letang. He led the 2005 IIHF world U18 Championships in save percentage and wins. Price sold his U18 Championship helmet for charity.

On January 7, 2014, Price was named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team along with goaltenders Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks. Price, along with close friend and teammate P. K. Subban, became the first Montreal Canadiens players to be selected for Team Canada since Mark Recchi in the 1998 Nagano Olympics. Soon after arriving in Sochi, it was announced that Price would start in Canada's first game of the tournament against Norway.[67] Price had a strong debut, stopping 18 of 19 shots against Norway in a 3–1 Canadian win. Price's strong play continued, allowing only a single goal in a 2–1 victory against Finland in the round-robin tournament. In Canada's quarter-final game, Price backstopped Canada over Latvia 2–1. On February 21, 2014, Price played a pivotal role in a 1–0 victory against Team USA in the semifinals. Price stopped all 31 shots and shutout Team USA, powering Team Canada into the gold medal game against Sweden. In his second consecutive shutout of the Olympics, Price made 24 saves in a 3–0 victory and won his first gold medal as an Olympian.[68] Price ended the tournament undefeated in five games with a 0.59 GAA and .971 save percentage and was named the tournament's best goaltender by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF).

Playing style[edit]

Like many modern goaltenders, Price uses the "butterfly hybrid" technique, a mix of "stand-up" and "butterfly style" goaltending. Using this style, Price will stay on his feet for high shots, and drop to his knees, pointing his skates outwards with his pads covering the bottom width of the net for low shots. Price has been lauded by his teammates and opponents alike for his exceptionally calm demeanor on the ice, with 2014 Olympic teammate and Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty calling Price "probably the calmest goalie [he] played in front of".[69] Price’s methodical and calm approach to the play often allows him to make difficult saves look mundane and routine.[69] Price is considered by the Canadiens' management and coaches to be one of the leaders of the team and is present during meetings with the team's captain and alternate captains.[70]


Price in April 2015

In 2015, Price teamed up with CCM to donate $10,000 worth of equipment to a minor hockey league in Williams Lake, B.C.[71][72] Since 2014, Price has been an ambassador to the Breakfast Club of Canada which aims to provide all children across Canada with nutritious meals.[73]

During the 2019 NHL Awards, Price, together with model Camille Kostek, presented hockey fan Anderson Whitehead the Feel Good Moment Award.[74] Whitehead's mother always wanted her son to meet the goaltender but was not able to arrange it before she died from cancer in November 2018.[75]

Personal life[edit]

Price, who is of Ulkatcho First Nation descent through his mother,[9] was named as an honorary co-chair at the 2010 National Aboriginal Hockey Championships that were held in Ottawa, Ontario, in May 2010.[76] Price is of the Nuxalk and Southern Carrier Aboriginal heritage.[77]

Price met his wife, Angela (née Webber), while playing with the Tri-City Americans. In an interview, Angela said that the couple were set up on a blind date by her friend, who was dating Carey's roommate at the time.[78] They live in Kelowna, British Columbia during the off-season. They were married on August 24, 2013, in Benton City, Washington, near Angela's hometown of Kennewick.[79] The next day, Price flew to Calgary for Hockey Canada's Olympic orientation camp for the 2014 Winter Olympics.[80] On October 21, 2015, Angela Price stated on her blog that they were expecting their first child the following spring.[81] In May 2016, Angela gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl named Liv.[82] In December 2018, Angela gave birth to their second daughter, named Millie.[83] In June 2020, Angela announced they were expecting their third child in the fall.[84][85] In October 2020, Angela gave birth to their third child, a boy named Lincoln.

In an October 2022 exclusive interview with The Athletic's Arpon Basu as part of a series which ranked the Top 100 players in modern NHL history (with Price ranking 88th) Price opened up about his experience a year prior which led to his admission to the NHLPA Player Assistance Program. It was revealed that Price experienced struggles with alcoholism, which initially began as an escape from the stresses of being a professional athlete but was further exacerbated following the Canadiens loss in the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals and the complications surrounding his knee surgery shortly after losing in the final. Particularly citing the severity of substance abuse within the Indigenous community and upon reflections of his own mental wellbeing, Price made the decision to voluntarily enter a residential rehabilitation facility. Price hopes his willingness to talk about his experience serves as an example and inspires others that "it's OK to ask for help."[69]

Price is an avid outdoorsman and often camps and hunts in his free time.[86][87] In December 2022, Price released a statement opposing a proposed Canadian Federal Bill which would amend gun control legislation.[88][89] Price later apologized to the victims of the École Polytechnique massacre for the timing of his comments, which came three days before the 33rd anniversary of the attack.[90]

Career statistics[edit]

Bold numbers indicate league leader.

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
2002–03 Quesnel Millionaires BCHL 18 2.70
2002–03 Williams Lake TimberWolves BCHL 18 1,050 48 1 2.74
2002–03 Tri-City Americans WHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .857
2003–04 Tri-City Americans WHL 28 8 9 3 1,363 54 1 2.38 .915 8 5 3 470 19 0 2.43 .906
2004–05 Tri-City Americans WHL 63 24 31 8 3,712 145 8 2.34 .920 5 1 4 325 12 0 2.22 .937
2005–06 Tri-City Americans WHL 55 21 25 6 3,072 147 3 2.87 .906 5 1 4 302 12 0 2.39 .896
2006–07 Tri-City Americans WHL 46 30 13 1 2,722 111 3 2.45 .917 6 2 4 348 17 0 2.93 .911
2006–07 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 1 1 0 117 3 0 1.53 .949 22 15 6 1,314 45 2 2.06 .936
2007–08 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 10 6 4 0 581 26 1 2.69 .896
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 24 12 3 2,413 103 3 2.56 .920 11 5 6 648 30 2 2.78 .901
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 23 16 10 3,036 143 1 2.83 .905 4 0 4 219 15 0 4.11 .878
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 41 13 20 5 2,358 109 0 2.77 .912 4 0 1 135 8 0 3.56 .890
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 72 38 28 6 4,206 165 8 2.35 .923 7 3 4 455 16 1 2.11 .934
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 65 26 28 11 3,944 160 4 2.43 .916
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 39 21 13 4 2,249 97 3 2.59 .905 4 1 2 239 13 0 3.26 .894
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 59 34 20 5 3,464 134 6 2.32 .927 12 8 4 739 29 1 2.35 .919
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 44 16 6 3,977 130 9 1.96 .933 12 6 6 752 28 1 2.23 .920
2015–16 Montreal Canadiens NHL 12 10 2 0 699 24 2 2.06 .934
2016–17 Montreal Canadiens NHL 62 37 20 5 3,709 138 3 2.23 .923 6 2 4 388 12 0 1.86 .933
2017–18 Montreal Canadiens NHL 49 16 26 7 2,855 148 1 3.11 .900
2018–19 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 35 24 6 3,881 161 4 2.49 .918
2019–20 Montreal Canadiens NHL 58 27 25 6 3,440 160 4 2.79 .909 10 5 5 606 18 2 1.78 .936
2020–21 Montreal Canadiens NHL 25 12 7 5 1,479 65 1 2.64 .901 22 13 9 1,342 51 1 2.28 .924
2020–21 Laval Rocket AHL 1 0 1 0 39 2 0 3.03 .867
2021–22 Montreal Canadiens NHL 5 1 4 0 298 18 0 3.63 .878
NHL totals 712 361 261 79 42,006 1,755 49 2.51 .917 92 43 45 5,522 220 8 2.39 .919


Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2005 Canada WJC18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 4 2 2 0 249 11 0 2.65 .894
2007 Canada WJC 1st place, gold medalist(s) 6 6 0 0 370 7 2 1.14 .961
2014 Canada OG 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 303 3 2 0.59 .972
2016 Canada WCH 1st place, gold medalist(s) 5 5 0 0 300 7 1 1.40 .957
Junior totals 10 8 2 0 619 18 2 1.74
Senior totals 10 10 0 0 603 10 3 0.99


Award Year Ref
NHL Rookie of the Month March 2008
NHL All-Rookie Team 2008
NHL YoungStars Game 2009
NHL All-Star Game 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019
Hart Memorial Trophy 2015 [91]
Ted Lindsay Award 2015 [91]
Vezina Trophy 2015 [91]
William M. Jennings Trophy 2015 [91]
NHL First All-Star team 2015
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 2022
Calder Cup champion 2007
Jack A. Butterfield Trophy 2007
WHL West First All-Star team 2007
Del Wilson Trophy 2007
CHL Goaltender of the Year Award 2007
World Junior Championship Best Goaltender 2007
World Junior Championship Media All-Star Team 2007
World Junior Championship MVP 2007
Winter Olympics Best Goaltender 2014
Winter Olympics Gold Medal 2014
World Cup of Hockey championship 2016
Lou Marsh Trophy 2015 [92]
Lionel Conacher Award 2015 [93]
Indspire Sports Award 2016
Montreal Canadiens
Molson Cup 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020

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