For goalie Carey Price, being named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey team is a major part in making good on the expectations that have surrounded him since he was taken fifth overall in the NHL Draft by the Montreal Canadiens in 2005. The expectations surrounding Price were elevated when he led Canada to gold medals at the 2007 World Junior Championships and then led the Canadiens' farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, to a championship in the spring of 2007. Price has gone on to be an NHL All-Star in both 2011 and 2012, although the 2014 Olympics will be the first time he represents Canada in a "best-on-best" international tournament.
- Represented the Montreal Canadiens as an NHL All-Star in both 2011 and 2012.
- Won the Calder Cup with Montreal's top farm team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, in 2007 and was named the playoff MVP.
- Led Canada to gold medals at the 2007 World Junior Championships.
- Was named Canadian junior hockey's best goalie in 2007, when he played for an American-based team called the Tri-City (Kennewick, Washington) Americans.
Things to know:
1. His cousin, Shane Doan, is the captain of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes, and played for the Canadian Olympic hockey team in 2006. Has another cousin, Keaton Ellerby, who is a defenseman with the NHL's Winnipeg Jets.
2. Grew up in a small town called Anahim Lake, British Columbia that was so remote that he had to make a 10-hour round trip three days a week to play youth hockey. Eventually, to ease this process, his father, Jerry, bought a plane to fly him to his youth hockey practices.
3. His father, Jerry, was a goalie who never made it to the NHL, but played minor-league hockey in the 1970s and '80s.