Carey Price wins Bill Masterton Trophy

Posted: 04/06/2022 in NHL
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Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price was named the recipient of the 2022 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on Friday.

The award is given annually to the player “who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey.” It’s voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

Price underwent knee surgery in July after playing a key role in the Canadiens’ stunning run to the Stanley Cup Final and was unable to make his 2021-22 season debut until April 15.

He voluntarily took part in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program in October and detailed his struggles with mental health and substance use. Price said at the time that he’d prioritize his health for his and his family’s sake.

“There’s obstacles in life that will always challenge you,” he said after winning the Masterton Trophy. “And I think having the ability to overcome those and keep things in perspective and keep moving forward is something that we should all be teaching our children and loved ones.”

He continued, “I gotta thank, most importantly, my family. Because without their support, this would be a lot more difficult. I’m very grateful to have all these people in my life.”

The 34-year-old veteran started five games this campaign. He made his return on home ice in Montreal, where Canadiens fans made sure to show their support.

Price pitched a 39-save performance to help the Canadiens win their last game of the season.

He told reporters Friday that he’s getting prepared as though he’ll play in 2022-23 but is still waiting to evaluate the condition of his knee, according to The Athletic’s Arpon Basu.

Price said in late April that it wouldn’t be sustainable to play a whole season given the state of his knee.

Kevin Hayes of the Philadelphia Flyers and Zdeno Chara of the New York Islanders were the other finalists.

Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom claimed the honor last season after recovering from Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of blood cancer.

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