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‘Best Goalie in the World,’ Carey Price, Ready for NHL Playoffs


First Nations hockey standout Carey Price, Ulkatcho First Nation, of the Montreal Canadiens is the last goalie teams want to face in the NHL playoffs, which begin Wednesday. And if defense wins championships, then Price could be the first to kiss the Stanley Cup at the season’s end.

On Sunday, the NHL announced its regular season trophy winners. Price has joined the select company by winning the William M. Jennings Trophy as a goaltender who’s played at least 25 games for his NHL team, yet allowed the fewest goals. Price shares this year’s honors with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks. They tied with a league-low of 189 goals allowed, which marks the first time since the 2002 season that two netminders from two teams have won the honors.

Carey Price

And if accolades are an indication of how valued a player is to the league, Price may take home the Hart Trophy. TSN, a Canadian sports network, polled 20 NHL head coaches, 10 from each conference, asking who should be this year’s MVP and it was unanimous: Price. If he wins, he would be the first goalie to be named the NHL’s most valuable player since Jose Theodore in 2002.

Price, who says he’s a humble, “country boy at heart,” according to a recent article by CBC News, is considered the best goalie in the world. He finished the regular season with a 43-16-6 record, a league-leading .934 save percentage and nine shutouts.

"It's definitely nice to be appreciated like that, " Price told "But at the end of the day I'm just looking forward to starting the playoffs. I'm not the guy that takes those types of awards or whatever. I'm just focused on trying to do what I need to do to stop pucks."

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