Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price was named the recipient of the 2015 Lou Marsh Trophy as top Canadian athlete. Price, 28, is the first goaltender to win the award and the ninth NHLer to take home the honor.
Carey Price’s incredible 2014-15 campaign earned him the Hart Trophy, Ted Lindsay Award and Vezina Trophy and he was by all accounts the greatest player in the NHL last season. But Price, 28, wasn’t done winning hardware for his outstanding campaign. Tuesday, Price was awarded the 2015 Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete.
Price had one of the all-time great single-season goaltending performances in 2014-15. His 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage were league-topping marks, and his 44 wins set a Canadiens franchise record. With those accomplishments, it’s not surprising that he was able to earn the nod for the award, which is handed out annually by a panel of Canadian sports journalists.
Price called the honor “unique,” adding it’s much different from winning the Vezina or Hart because for the Lou Marsh Trophy his achievements were being compared to those of others across all sports.
“This is another level for me,” Price said when asked how it compared to receiving awards from the hockey community. “Being compared to so many great athletes in Canada is definitely humbling. There are so many athletes that had such excellent years this year. To be the recipient of this award is very humbling.”
Price is still recovering from his lower-body injury that will keep him out into January, but was on hand at the Canadiens game against the San Jose Sharks Tuesday night where he received a standing ovation from fans at the Bell Centre.
Throughout his career, Price, who has aboriginal roots, has been a proud supporter of his heritage and has been an inspirational figure for those communities.
“It’s definitely something to look up to, for sure,” Price said. “It’s something that I hope for a lot of aboriginal communities to be able to see this and say these types of things are attainable for their children. All it takes is a lot of dedication and hard work and luck.”
By being named the recipient for 2015, Price becomes the ninth hockey player to win the award but the first goaltender — from any sport — to win the award. Sidney Crosby is the only other active NHLer to win the award (2007, 2009). Wayne Gretzky received the award four times, with Bobby Orr, Mario Lemieux, Phil Esposito, Bobby Clarke as others. Guy Lafleur and Maurice Richard have also won the award, the only other Montreal Canadiens to do so.
“It’s very honoring to be a part of those names,” Price said. “It’s definitely special to me. I’m going to be able to be proud of that for the rest of my life.”