Just three days before the end of 2015, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, a member of the Ulkatcho First Nation in British Columbia, picked up the Lionel Conacher Canada Athlete of the Year.
As Price told the CBC, "This one's special. Being compared with athletes from other sports, it's unique for me.”
Not only did Price take the award with over 53 percent of the vote, he did it after taking home another of Canada’s top athletic awards the week prior.
On Tuesday December 15, Price, was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Lou Marsh Award, annually presented to Canada’s top athlete.
The award is named in honor of Lou Marsh, a former sports editor of The Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper. Members of the media from across Canada vote on the Lou Marsh Award, which was first presented in 1936.
��This is another level for me,” Price said during the awards news conference. “Being compared to so many great athletes in Canada is definitely humbling.”
Comprehensive voting results were not made public, but other athletes who did receive votes included track and field competitors Andre De Grasse, Shawn Barber and Derek Drouin, basketball player Kia Nurse and soccer player Kadeisha Buchanan.
Price, a 28-year-old in his ninth season with the Canadiens, had his best NHL campaign a year ago. He appeared in 66 regular season contests and had an impressive 44-16-6 mark.
For the first time in his career he had a goals-against average below 2.00 (1.96).
For his efforts during the 2014-15 season, Price won four major awards, including the Hart Trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable player .
Price also captured the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie and the Ted Lindsay Award, presented to the NHL’s MVP as voted on by the players. Price also shared the William M. Jennings Trophy for allowing the fewest goals during the season.