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.