Price skips honeymoon for orientation camp
Hockey Canada's Olympic orientation camp goes this week in Calgary. The players won't be able to hit the ice because of high insurance costs, but management is hoping the guys get in some off-ice bonding ahead of the 2014 Games in Sochi.
Habs goalie Carey Price had more than hockey on his mind. The soon-to-be 26-year-old tied the knot to girlfriend Angela on Saturday and then jumped on a plane less than 24 hours later.
“We had planned the wedding way in advance before this was planned. It was fortunate enough that it didn’t overlap exactly. We did have a few hours of happiness before I had to take off.”
Price will be fighting for the starting job with Chicago’s Corey Crawford, Washington’s Braden Holtby, Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Phoenix’s Mike Smith.
Luongo’s got experience in his court, having taken over for Martin Brodeur during the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.
Luongo led Canada to the gold medal, including 34 saves in Canada's overtime win against the United States in the championship game.
But Olympic coach Mike Babcock said the goalie situation is wide open, and Price says he’s happy to be in the running.
“I think you’ve got to come in here and earn the job. I think that’s the mentality. You want to be the guy that is the starter for this country. You want to be the guy to help carry the team. We all have equal opportunity and we’re all just really fortunate to be a part of this selection process.”