Carey Price: Former Hamilton Bulldog named Olympic's best
Price wins first championship since AHL Calder Cup in Hamilton
Former Hamilton Bulldog goalie Carey Price was named the best goaltender at the 2014 Sochi Olympics tournament as voted by the International Ice Hockey Federation directorate.
Price posted back-to-back shutouts in the semifinals and gold-medal game and gave up just three goals in five games.
Price finished the Olympics with a shutout streak of 164 minutes, 19 seconds. The last goal he allowed was to Latvia's Lauris Darzins in the first period of the quarterfinals. He shut out the American team including tournament scoring leader Phil Kessel in the semi-finals. Kessel was named the best forward of the tournament scoring five goals. That total tied him with Austria's Michael Grabner for the most in the Olympics.
Price made made 31 saves against the United States and then 24 more against Sweden in the gold-medal game Sunday.
The last time Price won a championship, it was the Calder Cup with the American Hockey League Hamilton Bulldogs in 2007. Price was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the Calder Cup playoffs MVP. He played a few more games for the team the next year before being promoted to the NHL's Montreal Canadiens.
Ottawa Senator, Erik Karlsson, playing for Sweden was named the tournament's best defenseman. He tied Kessel for the tournament lead in points with eight, four of those were goals.
The tournament's most valuable player was Finland veteran Teemu Selanne. The 43-year-old led his team with four goals, including two against the U.S. in Finland's 5-0 bronze-medal winning performance against the U.S.. Selanne became the oldest player in Olympic hockey history to win a medal and the oldest player to score a goal at the Olympics.