MONTREAL – Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Tuesday the signing of goaltender Carey Price to a three-year contract (2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Price is joining the AHL‘S Hamilton Bulldogs, who will complete their regular season with three games against Grand Rapids (April 11, 13, 14), and one game versus Rochester (April 15).
Price, 19, completed the 2006-07 season with a record of 30 wins, 13 losses and one overtime loss, a 2.45 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and three shutouts in 46 games with the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League. His performances helped his team finish in second place in the U.S. Division of the Western Conference with 47 wins and 96 points, two franchise records.
In just over four full seasons in Tri-City, Price, a 6-foot-3, 212-pound goaltender, posted an overall record of 83 wins, 78 losses and 18 overtime losses in 193 games, a 2.53 goals against average and a .906 save percentage. He also recorded 15 shutouts.
On the international scene, Price led Canada to the gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Hockey Championships, in Sweden. Selected as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and named to the All-Star Team, Price won each of his team’s six games, posted a 1.14 goals against average and a .961 save percentage. He also registered two shutouts.
Price, a native of Williams Lake, British Columbia, was the Canadiens’ 1st pick (1st round), 5th overall, in 2005.