It's been a while since a Montreal Canadien has been named to a Canadian Olympic team. The only Hab to ever suit up for Team Canada at the Olympics was Shayne Corson in 1998 in Japan.
This time around, Habs fans had been expecting at least two of its stars to make the team, and during a splashy, speech-laden news conference in Toronto Tuesday morning, two of its stars were named — goaltender Carey Price, and reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.
Price says he got the call at around 10:30 a.m., a half-hour before the big media event was scheduled to begin. After the Canadiens' practice in Brossard Tuesday, he says being named to the Olympic team in Sochi wasn't necessarily a goal of his as he wound up last season — he just wanted to get healthy for this season.
But now that he's been named as one of the three Canadian goalies, he does want to be number one — ahead of his Canadian teammates Roberto Luongo and Mike Smith.
"I think that's all three of our goals," Price says. "Obviously everybody wants to be the number one guy there. But at the end of the day I'll do whatever I can to help our team win."
Price is genuinely happy, too, that Subban will be making the trip with him to Russia.
"He's one of the elite defencemen in this league," he says. "He's a really good friend of mine, and I'm really happy that he'll be able to share this experience with me."
'It's extremely exciting when you can share this experience with a teammate," Subban says of Price. "I'm very happy to do that with Pricey, for sure.
"I hope I get to room with him so I can snore and keep him up all night."
Subban's stellar performances have been getting lots of media attention — not all of it positive. But Subban says he's ready for what the critics have in store for him.
"Bobby Orr said it best. When he played, he never really cared to listen to reporters, because even when they praised him, they probably didn't praise the guy who helped him make the play, and when he did something wrong, he's pretty sure he knew that he did something wrong.
"I don't need anyone to tell me when I'm playing well or playing bad."