Carey Price was on the driving range preparing for the second round of Olie and Stus Desert Bash on Monday when he found out he was named to Canadas National Mens Team orientation camp.
I didnt know, said Price, the starting goaltender for the Montreal Canadiens. I havent looked at Twitter or anything today.
Price is one of five goaltenders invited along with Corey Crawford of the Chicago Blackhawks, Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks and Mike Smith of the Phoenix Coyotes.
The goalies were part of a4 7-player roster announced by Hockey Canada on Monday. The camp will run Aug. 25-28 in Calgary and will be used to evaluate players for the upcoming Sochi Olympic games.
To have an opportunity to represent your country is awesome, Price said. Its something kids grow up dreaming about doing. Its right up there with the Stanley Cup to win a gold medal.
Price, who will be 26 on Aug. 16, is the second youngest goalie of the group. Holtby will be 24 in September, while Luongo is 34, Crawford 28 and Smith 31. Luongo is the only goalie with Olympic experience (2006 and 2010).
Theres a lot of excellent goaltenders that come from Canada. I think we have very good depth in that department, and Im fortunate to be named in that group, Price said. We are all in the same boat. We all want the same thing and we all have the same goals going into this trial period. Hopefully I can earn my way onto the team.
Price led Canada to a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championships in Sweden. He went 6-0 with a 1.14 GAA and a .961 save percentage and was named tournament MVP. He has not represented his country since.
It feels like it has been a while since I put on that (Team Canada) jersey, but I have good memories doing that, Price said.
A former Tri-City Americans goalie (2003-07), Price has been manning the net in Montreal since the 2007-08 season.
Price, who signed a six-year, $39 million contract last July, played 39 games last season for the Canadiens after the NHL lockout ended, finishing with a 21-13-4 record with a 2.59 goals against average, .921 save percentage and three shutouts.
The Canadiens recently hired goalie coach Stéphane Waite, and Price is looking forward to working with him.
Stéphane has a great resumé, Price said. Hes won a couple of Stanley Cups with two different (Chicago Blackhawks) goalies just recently. His experience is going to be useful.