Posted on 14 September 2011 | 78 responses
Can you feel the excitement in the air? The Canadiens are back in Montreal, unofficially kicking off the march to the Stanley Cup today with their annual golf tournament. Our friends at Hockey Inside/Out have been on the scene all day, and there is plenty of video and reporting of the events and interviews.
Among the highlights is the following interview with Carey – he is very ready for the 2011-12 season!
Posted on 10 September 2011 | 80 responses
Habs fans! Remember that tickets go on sale today for 2011-12 Canadiens home games! Tickets will go on sale at 10:00 am, but you can line up in the virtual queue beginning at 9:15 am. Visit this page at the Canadiens official website to get in line! 2011-12 Individual Games Ticket Sales
Good luck to all Canadiens fans trying to get tickets today – see you at the games!
Also, Carey was in Toronto at an autograph signing yesterday. The session was organized by LegendsDepot.com and AJ Sportsworld. Our friend Kevin van Steendelaar was able to catch up with Carey for an interview. Among the highlights:
- Carey did a lot of rodeo this summer
- He is looking at various new mask designs with artist David Arrigo
- He worked out a lot with friend and Habs d-man Josh Gorges, who is “doing really well” as he rehabs from knee surgery.
For the full interview, check out Habs Eyes On The Prize: A Toronto Pitstop for Carey Price Before Heading “Home”
Posted on 29 August 2011 | 83 responses
Carey Price, Josh Gorges & Travis Moen will be signing autographs during an exclusive PUBLIC autograph signing on Sunday, October 16th 2011 courtesy of StarSide Signatures, LegendsDepot.com and A.L. Collections.
General Admission Ticket $49.00
Includes ONE signature from each player on your own item(s).
*Order your ticket online at www.legendsdepot.com by Sept. 30th and save $10! ONLY $39.00!* (While quantities last!)
V.I.P. Admission Ticket $149.00
Includes front of the line access during the autograph signing.
Includes TWO Signatures from each player on your own item(s).
Includes one personal photograph opportunity with all 3 players.
Includes one Centennial 8×10 lithograph (signed by all 3 players).
*Order your ticket online at www.legendsdepot.com by Sept. 30th and save $20! ONLY $129.00!* (While quanitites last!)
There will be a wide selection of photographs, pucks and jerseys available for purchase on the day of the event for the players to sign!
Carey Price, Josh Gorges & Travis Moen signeront des autographes pendant une séance d’autographes PUBLIC, le dimanche 16 octobre 2011, courtoisie de StarSide Signatures, LegendsDepot.com et de A.L. Collections.
Billets d’admission générale 49.00$
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Billets V.I.P 149.00$
Incluent un accès au devant de la ligne.
Incluent DEUX billets pour chaque joueur sur votre propre item.
Incluent la chance de se faire prendre en photo avec les 3 joueurs.
Incluent une lithographie du Centenaire 8×10 (signée par les 3 joueurs).
*Commandez vos billets en ligne sur www.legendsdepot.com avant le 30 septembre et sauvez 20$! JUSTE 129.00$!*
Il y aura des photos, des rondelles et des chandails en vente la journée de l’événement pour être signés pas les joueurs!
When: 16 October · 15:00 – 17:00
Hope to see you there!
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Posted on 16 August 2011 | 86 responses
Today is Carey Price’s 24th birthday!
With him having completed 4 years in the NHL already, it’s hard to believe that he’s still just 24. He has some significant accomplishments to date, and has many more to look forward to this coming year:
* His 2nd win in 2011-12 will be the 100th of his career.
* He will play in his 250th NHL game.
* His 17th win of the season will move him into the top ten all-time wins for a Canadiens goaltender.
* His 25th game of the season will put him in the top ten all-time games played by a Canadiens goaltender.
* If he has five or more shutouts this year, he will be in 10th place all-time for Canadiens goaltenders.
2010-11 was a great year for Carey Price, and here’s hoping that 2011-12 can be even more successful!
Feel free to wish Carey a happy birthday in the Comments section!
On a final and personal note, I wish I could return the favour and be there for his birthday party!
Posted on 21 July 2011 | 81 responses
The summer is usually a pretty slow time for hockey fans. Unless your favourite player is a free agent or at a golf tournament (congrats to Joe Sakic for the hole-in-one!) their names do not come up very often.
Luckily for us Carey Price fans, Carey keeps himself pretty busy during the summer so here’s a neat story about his favourite off-season activity: team roping.
Carey Price is polite, genuine and quick to engage in conversation as he prepares his horse to practice roping for his appearance at the Quesnel rodeo.
A native of Anahim Lake, Price is better known for his exploits as goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens of the NHL, but last week the NHL was far from his mind as he tended to the comfort and safety of his horse.
He applies protective gear to the lower legs and hooves of his horse with care and meticulous attention to fit.
“I’m the same way with my hockey equipment,” Price says as he adjusts a velcro strap on a leg wrap until he thinks it’s just right.
“That way I have one less thing to worry about when I’m out on the ice.”
Price took up roping three summers ago with his friend Wade McNolty giving him pointers on the finer aspects of the sport and although he has superior athletic abilities, Price quickly realized there was nothing easy about roping.
“When you’re watching, it doesn’t look that hard,” he said.
“You see guys doing it over and over again, it seems repetitious and that makes it seem real easy.
“But once you pick up a rope, never mind throwing it, just trying to figure out how to build a loop is tough enough.”
Now with three years experience under his belt, Price points to one specific part of his roping abilities that has improved the most.
“Staying on the horse,” he said with a laugh.
“I think if you are going to rope it’s best if you learn how to ride first instead of trying to learn to rope and ride at the same time.”
Watching him chase a steer down the arena with one hand on the reins and another twirling his lasso, it’s clear Price is perfectly comfortable in the saddle.
As a heeler, Price’s responsibility is to loop his rope around the heels of the calf after the header has looped his lasso around the calf’s head.
“The satisfaction of pulling back on a pair [heels], that’s it for a heeler to see two feet in there [in the lasso].”
Despite having some success at various rodeos, Price admits he is not readily inclined to pursue roping as a career when he does hang up his goalie pads.
“The guys that are out there are really, really good and that’s all they do year round,” Price said of professional ropers.
“I only get to do this in the summer, so right away I’m behind the eight ball, plus I started so late.
“I think I’m just too far behind, I’ll stick with roping recreationally.”
Switching the topic to hockey, Price was forthright when asked if the loss to thein the second round was a disappointment.
“I sat and pouted for about three or four days,” he said.
Also part of the healing process for Price was to spend time with teammates that had become like brothers over the season, teammates that may not be back in Montreal next season.
“That’s the worst thing about the end of the year,” he said.
“Some of those guys you might not ever play with again.”
Of course, Price’s stint with the Quesnel Millionaires is part of the town’s folklore and he admits to having fond memories of his time with the Mills, although he was just 15 years old and fourth on the depth chart.
“I remember sitting on the bench a lot,” he said with a grin.
“But I did get to play in Williams Lake against the Timberwolves and I got a shutout.
“That was my only BCHL shutout, in Williams Lake and that was pretty fun.”
Price wasn’t deterred riding the bench and his skills improved once he started working with a goalie coach. Price, who is now 6-3 readily admits it didn’t hurt that he grew some more and added that a strong work ethic was an important component of his success.
That was the one piece of advice he offered to any young goaltenders in Quesnel hoping to take a shot at a career in hockey.
“Once your name gets recognized you have to stay on top of it,” he said.
“That’s the biggest thing because there are so many goalies out there and now all the goalies are really alike.
“You have to find a way to make yourself standout and that’s usually where the work ethic comes in.”
Price, who turns 24 in August, just completed his third full season with the Canadiens. Looking back on those years, he points to one save as his favourite thus far in his young career.
It was during an exhibition match, two years ago, against the Detroit Red Wings.
“I batted the puck out behind my back,” he said.
“I never even saw it [the puck] and wound up hitting it.
“It was pretty lucky.”
Luck they say, is when skill meets preparation.
Posted on 8 July 2011 | 116 responses
This is the second of what will be several Carey Price Collector Spotlight posts to come during the summer. If you are interested in having your Price collection spotlighted here at careyprice.com please post a link to your collection in the “Are You a Carey Price Collector?“ thread – collections will be randomly chosen. Please make sure to leave us with some method to contact you, preferably via Facebook.
This week’s spotlight shines on Richard M. Richard has been collecting Carey Price memorabilia since Carey’s rookie season. Today, he boasts one of the largest hockey card collections out there, and also has a game-used stick a number of signed photographs.
This is what Richard has to say about his collection:
I first started collecting Carey Price cards in January 2008 – I collected cards as a kid hadn’t really gotten back into it for a long time. I’d had my first “encounter” with Carey at a pre-season game here in Halifax – after the game ended I was waiting outside as the players exited the building on the way to the bus. I wished him good luck in making the team and that I was really looking forward to his career with the Canadiens. Obviously, he did make the team and his rookie season was off to a promising start. Once I started collecting, things really started to pile up very quickly.
Three years later, my collection is approaching 500 unique hockey cards, close to a dozen signed photographs, all of the McFarlane figures, and my most prized item: a game-used stick from the Centennial season. It’s a lot of fun collecting Price cards, especially the autographs and memorabilia pieces, as they are what brings us as collectors as close to the players as possible. Well, except for actually getting to meet them, which I got to do for my 30th birthday. It was a night that I will definitely never forget!
One thing that I always like to point out to people is that no matter how big my collection gets, I am a fan first and a collector second. As a Montreal Canadiens fan, I’ve had the great pleasure of seeing some really good goalies in my lifetime and through learning the history of the Canadiens. I really believe in Carey as a player that will be a central figure in bringing the Stanley Cup back to where it belongs, and I just hope I get the chance to be in the building when it happens.
Very nicely said Richard!
Here are just a few of the highlights of Richard’s Carey Price collection:
To see Richard’s entire Carey Price card collection, please click here!
Posted on 3 July 2011 | 107 responses
One of the Habs’ two major moves in the free agency period so far has been to bring in a new partner for Carey Price. While Alex Auld served as a fantastic backup in the 2010-11 season, the team has decided to go in a different direction this year and thus signed former Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj to a 2-year deal.
In an interview on the Montreal Canadiens’ official website, Budaj is very excited to be a part of the Habs, saying, “Playing in Montreal is a childhood dream for me. It’s a great city with amazing fans,” revealed Budaj, a six-year NHL veteran. “This is a young team that is competitive and knocking on the door year after year. I’m certain that in a few years this team will get to the level it’s trying to reach.”
Though he doesn’t have a number yet, Budaj will have to find a new one. During his time in Colorado he wore #31, which is already somewhat spoken for in Montreal.
Budaj brings a career record of 101-91-27 in 245 NHL games. His best single season was in 2006-07, when he went 31-16-6 in 57 appearances.
Welcome to the team, Peter!
Posted on 26 June 2011 | 51 responses
Starside Signatures will be hosting a Carey Price in-person autograph signing on Sunday, October 16th!
We will have much more information on this signing as details become available. In the meantime, check the special Facebook page dedicated to the event to find out all the latest information.
Posted on 23 June 2011 | 122 responses
This will be the first of what will hopefully be several Carey Price Collector Spotlight posts to come during the summer. If you are interested in having your Price collection spotlighted here at careyprice.com please post a link to your collection in the “Are You a Carey Price Collector?“ thread – collections will be randomly chosen. Please make sure to leave us with some method to contact you, preferably via Facebook.
Our first Collector Spotlight shines on Dave E. Dave has a very cool and wide-ranging collection that includes hockey cards, signed photos, and even a custom McFarlane figure!
This is what Dave has to say about his Price collection:
My first memories of collecting go back to my high school days (around 1990). My buddy and I used to ride our bikes around town, picking up old beer cans & bottles to cash in for card money. Back then I was collecting full sets, my first was the 1990-91 Score set. My collection then turned to focus more on collecting Montreal Canadiens players. I would collect the cards of the current team (buy packs, trade with friends, pick up others at card shows/stores). When a player was traded/left out he came, and in went the new player(s). After that I just collected my favorite players around the league. Once I got older, I started getting into collecting memorabilia as well.
The main reason I focus now on Carey Price is kind of a funny story. My love of goalies, and the Canadiens especially, are pretty much the reason I mostly collect Price. The funny part is when Price was drafted, I didn’t really like it, since I was a HUGE Theodore fan and collector at the time. I couldn’t figure out why we needed another goalie. Boy was I wrong! My interest in Price really peaked as he led Canada to World Junior Championship gold, and once he won the Calder Cup (plus being named MVP of both tournaments), I was sold.
Following him as he grew up through that season plus his first few NHL years has been awesome. Watching this past season, was especially bittersweet, since he finally proved his critics wrong, hopefully for good. I defended him numerous times through his rough 2nd half of year 2, plus year 3, to friends co-workers and anyone who’d listen. So here’s to Carey Price, and what will hopefully turn in to a HOF career, with numerous trophies and Stanley Cup rings, as he and my collection continue to grow!
Very well said Dave!
Here are the highlights of Dave’s Carey Price collection:
Posted on 16 June 2011 | 27 responses
It has been a long-running theme to say when Carey Price is on top of his game that “The Price is Right.” Recently, a lucky contestant on the long-running popular television game show brought host Drew Carey a Price jersey of his own.