Price reflects on his whirlwind year

Canadiens rookie goalie Carey Price says he doesn’t spend a lot of time reflecting on the days behind him, but yesterday he said he’s still a little amazed at how much happened to him in a momentous 2007.

Read below for a capsule look at his incredible past 12 months: 

Carey Price’s Remarkable Year

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price had more highlights in the past 12 months than many hockey players have in a lifetime. In order, beginning in January 2007:

Backstops Canada to its third consecutive world junior championship gold medal. He’s named the tournament’s most valuable player, its top goalie, and was selected to the all-star team.

Returns to his Western Hockey League’s Tri-City Americans, leading them to a franchise record for victories.

Named to the WHL Western Conference First All-Star team.

Wins the Del Wilson Trophy as the WHL’s top goalie.

Is named the Canadian Hockey League’s goalie of the year.

Signs a three-year contract with the Canadiens organization on April 10, days after the end of his final junior season.

Reports to American Hockey League’s Hamilton Bulldogs and plays his first professional game April 13 against Grand Rapids, stopping 27 of 28 shots to be named the game’s first star.

Leads the Bulldogs to the AHL Calder Cup championship with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage. He makes 46 saves in the first game of the final to record a shutout.

Named winner of the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Calder Cup final’s MVP. At 19, he is the youngest ever to win the award.

Butterfield trophy completes a remarkable hat trick: Price becomes the only goalie in history to win the Butterfield, CHL goalie of the year and world junior MVP in one year.

Celebrates his 20th birthday on Aug. 16.

Attends Canadiens’ September training camp and on Oct. 1 is named to the team’s roster for the 2007-08 season.

Makes NHL debut on Oct. 10, making 26 saves in Pittsburgh to earn his first victory.

Wins the Molson Cup for October, awarded to the Canadien who scores most points in three-star voting.

Moves into his first apartment, shared with teammate Kyle Chipchura.

Last week, takes possession of his first vehicle, a Ford Harley-Davidson pickup truck.

15 Comments

  1. Ed says:

    Poor Price, he must feel like he is in a whirlwind now. The extra playing time will do him good, and he will be a better player for it.

  2. Julie2812 says:

    RDS is reporting that Price is sick, so Halak was called up from Hamilton…

  3. idle says:

    This is terrible news. I had such high hopes for this kid, but now I find out that he chooses a Ford for his first car :/

    Say it ain’t so…

  4. RiverviewCanadien says:

    This kid has sooo much to be proud of, both championships and he is friggin’ part of the best damn professional sports club in the world. This kid will be great.

  5. N.B.habs fan says:

    This kid is a super hero,mabe this year he can settle things down and consintrate on being #1 in Montreal.I feel he is under more pressure here with the media and all.He will be our #1 goaldie in time.He has to relax a little and not let the pressure get to him,he is only 20 and to have done so much in 1 year.We fans should encourage him when he has a bad game to remember what he has allready done.

  6. NEWFOUNDLAND DOG says:

    I love this Kid. He has taste as well. He dirves a Ford F-150.

    If Price stays focused he can & will be the best Goalie the NHL has seen in the past 20 years……..

    Come on Price. Stay on course Kid….

  7. RiverviewCanadien says:

    Definitely yes he will be one of the best (oh where from NFLD are you from?). He just has such a tough job in MTL, this city is the best and worst to play for due to the hype and the history, this city can make or break you.

    Keep it up kid, you are doing well, Roy did not have a great Save % his first year and look how he turned out. If you go back to HAM, look at it as a building step not a demotion, eveyone knows in the next couple of years (or sooner), you will be the MTL franchise goaltender (we hope).

  8. Habs64 says:

    Carey will be fine and be the starter next season when Huet goes bye bye!

  9. nick says:

    Great Article!

    Here’s a little more on the man between the pipes.
    Carey Price Pt1 – http://youtube.com/watch?v=b2XdeNgk9ls
    Carey Price Pt2 – http://youtube.com/watch?v=CIoaLBJI59o

  10. sam says:

    he’ll be just fine.

  11. Xtrahabsfan says:

    I wonder if they can ask Patric Roy to give him some tips?

  12. CHsam says:

    lol! Patrick would probably try to mess with the kid’s mind.

  13. Naila Jinnah says:

    I loved this article. It’s so easy to forget how much Price has been through in so little time, especially since we keep emphasizing his age! My favourite part, was, of course, the little personalization at the end of the piece, which helps us put this kid (2 years my junior, but he’s still a kid in hockey world!) and his life into perspective.

  14. CHsam says:

    Pretty awesome article. I bet the guy is living it up. How much better can it get? You play for the Habs, you’re getting paid pretty decently, you have your apartment, and you drive your own pick up truck, and you live in Montreal. I bet a potential hockey wife is around the corner LoL

  15. NEWFOUNDLAND DOG says:

    I’m from Notre Dame Bay.

    Why do you ask?


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