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Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy, left, and current Canadiens goaltender Carey Price walk away as the banner is raised during a ceremony retiring Roy's number 33 jersey before the team's NHL game against the Boston Bruins in Montreal on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2008. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)
piece on Carey Price (Ulkatch), via ICTMN:
MONTREAL — It’s said Ron Hextall used to lock himself in a room before big games to shriek at the top of his lungs.
Jeff Hackett would darkly warn teammates of the bloody consequences of fiddling with his goaltending gear.
To say nothing of the deeply bizarre Gilles Gratton, who claimed to be the reincarnation of a Spanish conquistador and once pulled himself from a game because the stars were improperly aligned.
Let’s face it: Those who don the tools of ignorance and willingly stand in the way of large men with sticks and airborne bits of vulcanized rubber are necessarily a little odd.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy, left, and current Canadiens goaltender Carey Price walk away as the banner is raised during a ceremony retiring Roy’s jersey.
Former Montreal Canadiens goaltender Patrick Roy, left, and current Canadiens goaltender Carey Price walk away as the banner is raised during a ceremony retiring Roy’s jersey. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press)
But in the case of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price, he of the Zen-like placidity and heavy-lidded languor, the weirdest thing is he’s not very weird at all.
There are no pregame rituals, no evident superstitions and no obvious quirks or zaniness.
The default expression on his broad, smooth-skinned face is a mix of bemusement and serenity as he sits in the far corner of the Habs’ opulent dressing room — his stall sits below a photo of Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy — large dark eyes taking in his surroundings.
That he can be so composed, level-headed and, well, normal in a city that eats its goaltenders raw makes it all the more remarkable.
He may be one of the few people on the planet who could use a prescription to increase his blood pressure.
“I don’t know,” Price said recently when asked about his demeanour. “I guess it’s because I grew up in the middle of nowhere. There’s not a lot to get excited about. And I think a lot of it comes from my parents and the way they raised me.”
Price was raised in Anahim Lake, B.C., a community in the northern Chilcotin wilderness so tiny it barely rates a dot on most road maps.
His mother, Lynda, is the chief of the Ulkatcho band and his non-native father, Jerry, a former minor-league goaltender who once bought a plane to fly Price to elite-level hockey in Williams Lake, B.C., 320 kilometres away, is a career consultant and part-time goalie coach with his son’s former junior team, the Tri-City Americans.
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