Former Hamilton Bulldog Carey Price will be the starting goalie for Canada's Olympic team in their opener against Norway on Thursday. Watch live online at noon Thursday.
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.
Price's teammate in Hamilton and Montreal, defenseman P.K. Subban, is also on the team.
Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo will start Friday against Austria in the second game of the tournament for the Canadians.
Canada coach Mike Babcock announced his rotation Wednesday after practice in Sochi, but Babcock and both goalies attributed no significance to the order.
The coach had previously said both goalies likely would start at least once in the preliminary round before he decides who will backstop Canada during its run at a third gold medal in the last four Olympics.
"Obviously I'm thrilled, and I'm just ready to go," said Price, theCanadiens' three-time All-Star. "It's definitely a highlight. I seem to have had a lot in my young life so far, but this definitely ranks up there."
The Vancouver Canucks goalie isn't bothered by the competition for Canada's starting job from Price and Phoenix's Mike Smith.
"We're all here to play for Team Canada, man," Luongo said. "We're all pulling on the same rope. It's a team game right now. It's not about Roberto Luongo or Carey Price or Mike Smith. It's about being a part of Team Canada. It doesn't matter what role you're given. You have to embrace it and accept it."
Canada is expected to dominate its weak preliminary-round group, which also includes Finland. The top four teams in preliminary play advance directly to the quarterfinals and, from there, need just one more victory to play for medals.