Carey Price has been spending the last month between his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C., and Washington State’s Tri-City area, where he played junior hockey with the Tri-City Americans. And he has been keeping in shape recently by practising with the Americans, the team he played with from age 16 to 19.
“These guys are pretty fun to skate with, and it’s giving me a bit more motivation,” Price told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs Saturday from Washington, where he’s spending some quality time with his fiancée, Angela, and her family.
“It’s not like I was here such a long time ago, either. I still know the general manager (Bob Tory) very well, and the head coach (Jim Hiller) was my assistant coach my rookie year here.”
“It’s special for our team, for him to come and skate with us,” Tory told Annie Fowler of the Tri-City Herald on Nov. 19, the day Price stunned the junior roster by suiting up for his first practice at their Toyota Centre rink. “It’s amazing how time flies. When Carey walked in here today, it was like he never left. With it being the 25th anniversary of the team, it means a lot to me that he would do this. He is proud that he was a Tri-City American.”
You can read Stubbs’s entire column on Price by clicking here.
In his Monday Morning QB column, Jack Todd writes that it’s time for NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to drop his scorched-earth approach, adding that the lockout is going to last precisely as long as it takes Bettman to understand that fundamental truth, to stop striking poses, get down to business – and make a deal.
You can read Todd’s column by clicking here.
Bruce Arthur of Postmedia News writes that it’s time for both sides to quit posturing and make a deal. You can read that column by clicking here.
NHLPA executive director Don Fehr maintains that a deal was close with the NHL last week before talks broke off. Read more by clicking here.
SI.com’s Stu Hackel asks “What next after CBA talks disaster?” and discusses the Fehr Factor in a column you can read by clicking here.
(Photo by Annie Fowler/Tri-City Herald)