Final Bill Masterton Prize Price Reached: A Tribute to His Career?

The sports world for what it is, challenging seasons are often accompanied by interesting offsets. Within a week, the Canadian received two. First, he won the lottery for the first draft pick. Next, he saw Carrie Price be elected among the three finalists for the Bell Masterton Cup.

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Opened in 1968, this award was given to an NHL player who has demonstrated the best example of determination, perseverance and sportsmanship in hockey.

Today, the trophy is often awarded to a player who has returned to the game after sustaining an injury for several months or after suffering from an illness.

But there was a time when players won that honor at the end of their careers. As a kind of honor to emphasize an athletic path.

What sets Price apart is that it can very well fall into both categories.

The Anaheim Lake, BC, goalkeeper returned to goalkeeping on April 15 after missing his first 74 games of the season due to off-season knee surgery.

This put an end to the nine-month period of inactivity. During this, in October, he joined the NHL Player Assistance Program.

family life

His return was limited to five matches. Five games in which he still seemed to have a problem with his painful knee. Which has many saying we may have attended the last games of the 34-year-old masked man.

Even he, when he met the media for the last time on the campaign, did not deny the possibility.

“If that’s the end, this is a great way to do it,” he said on April 30, the day after the Canadian season ended.

This “beautiful way” was the Habs’ impressive 10-2 victory over the Florida Panthers, in a warm Bell position.

Those were also those few seconds he took to greet his wife and children sitting in the stands, while the match was taking place near him.

Moreover, during the same press conference, he somewhat talked about his happiness to be with his loved ones.

“The most important thing is to set your priorities. Spending time at home puts my family’s life in perspective.”

Carrie Price may have played his last NHL game on April 29 against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Center.

Photo archive Martin Alari

Waiting for the plan

These are the words of a man who seems to have begun to think about the calm and orderly little family life, watching his children grow up and being present at every important stage of their lives.

He will likely know more about his future when he gets the second medical opinion he was considering getting. Obviously, the analysis was hoping it would be a little different.

It is enough, at the very least, to allow him to make a plan, including another operation or not, which will allow him to approach his usual abilities.

Price also said: “I don’t think I can survive a full season. There are still many questions. Fortunately, during the summer I will have time to think about it.”

Chara and Hayes

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

At the age of 45, Chara was the oldest player in the ring. That didn’t stop him playing nearly 19 minutes, on average, per game. He set the record for most matches (1,680) for a defender, surpassing Chris Chelios’ record of 1,651.

For his part, Hayes, who had to undergo three surgeries between the summer of 2021 and January 2022, has dealt with injuries throughout the season. He eventually managed to play 48 matches. He dedicated his season to his brother Jimmy, a former striker for the Chicago Blackhawks, Panthers, Boston Bruins and New Jersey Devils, who died on August 23 of intoxication with fentanyl and cocaine.

The winner is determined after a ballot is taken among 32 divisions of the Professional Hockey Journalists Association.

BILL-MASTERTON Tricolor Winners

  • Max Priority 2011-2012
  • Sako Koivu 2001-2002
  • Serge Savard 1978-1979
  • Henry Richard 1973-1974
  • Claude Provost 1967-1968

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