Tri-City Americans Alum Carey Price to Play in Stanley Cup Finals
Carey Price is arguably the greatest Tri-City American to ever lace up the skates in the Columbia Basin, ( I know, I know, some would suggest he's not even the greatest Tri-City American GOALIE) so with apologies to Olie Kolzig, the amazing netminder for the Montreal Canadians stopped 37 of 39 Las Vegas Golden Knights shots in a 3-2, Game 6 OT win, that punched Montreal's ticket and now Canada will have its first Stanley Cup Finals participant in 10 years as the Habs await the winner of tonight's Game 7 conference final between the New York Islanders and the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning
Price was kept busier in Game 6 than he had been in either of the last two contests, but he still put in a good effort. The 33-year-old allowed 13 goals on 193 shots for a .933 save percentage in the six-game series. Expect Price to be in goal for Monday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals against the winner of the Lightning/Islanders series.
Beginning his junior career with your Tri-City Americans in 2002, Price was drafted fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft following his second season with the Ams. Following a further two seasons with the Americans, where he won both the Del Wilson Trophy as the top goaltender in the Western Hockey League (WHL) and CHL Goaltender of the Year in his final season of major junior action in 2007.
Pricey has been a marquee goaltender in the NHL. He's a seven-time NHL All-Star, Olympic Gold-medalist, in 2015 he took home virtually every important individual award, including the Hart Trophy for being the most valuable player to his team. In 2016, Price went undefeated to win his first World Cup of Hockey Championship.
Good luck, Carey in the Stanley Cup Finals!
Pricey may be the brightest former Tri-City Americans star in the NHL, but he certainly has a lot of company. Read on: