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Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens won the Masterton Trophy on Friday as the player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.
Price had offseason knee surgery that was expected to keep him sidelined 10-12 weeks. The 34-year-old goalie experienced setbacks that had him question whether his playing career was over. He also entered the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program in October for substance use.
“There’s obstacles in life that will always challenge you,” Price said. “And I think having the ability to overcome those and keep things in perspective and keep moving forward is something that we should all be teaching our children and loved ones.” 
Montreal (22-49-11) finished last in the NHL standings one season after making the Stanley Cup Final.
Video: Carey Price awarded Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy
The local chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association (PHWA) submitted nominations for the Masterton Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, and the top three vote-getters — Price, New York Islanders defenseman Zdeno Chara and Philadelphia Flyers forward Kevin Hayes — were designated as finalists. A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minnesota, in the name of the Masterton Trophy winner.
“I’d like to first acknowledge ‘Big Z,’ Kevin, and all the other nominees from each team … the resilience and dedication in life and hockey,” Price said. “I’d like to thank the Montreal Canadiens organization, the training staff and my teammates.
“… It’s definitely a special honor for me. I’m very grateful to receive this award. Looking at some of the past players that have received this is definitely a special list. There are a lot of players on there that I have a ton of respect for, and I’m very grateful to be a part of that.”
Price played five games this season, his first April 15. He made 37 saves in a 10-2 win against the Florida Panthers in Montreal’s final game of the season April 29. It was his 700th NHL start.
“It was just an exceptional day for myself,” Price said the day after that game. “I had a great sleep. It was just an A-plus day. If it is [my final game], then that would be a great way to do it.”
Price is the sixth Canadiens player to win the award and the first since forward Max Pacioretty in 2011-12. He is the first goalie to win the award since Robin Lehner with the Islanders in 2018-19.
“Friends, you’ve all shown a tremendous amount of support throughout the season and career, and I’ve got to thank most importantly my family because without their support, this would be a lot more difficult,” Price said. “I’m very grateful to have all these people in my life and I just like to say thank you again.
“… Over the course of a decade-plus, I’ve been very fortunate to be able to play this game at the level that I have been. Everyone who’s had extended careers in this league knows how difficult it is to stay here, and I’m just very thankful for every opportunity that I’ve gotten.” staff writer William Douglas contributed to this report is the official web site of the National Hockey League. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup, Center Ice name and logo, NHL Conference logos, NHL Winter Classic name, and The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice are registered trademarks and the Stanley Cup Playoffs logo, Stanley Cup Final logo, Stanley Cup Qualifiers name and logo, NHL.TV, Vintage Hockey word mark and logo, The Game Lives Where You Do, NHL Winter Classic logo, NHL Heritage Classic name and logo, NHL Stadium Series name and logo, NHL All-Star logo, NHL Face-Off name and logo, NHL Premium, NHL After Dark, NHL GameCenter, NHL GameCenter LIVE, NHL Network name and logo, NHL Tonight name and logo, On The Fly, NHL Network Showdown name and logo, NHL Awards name and logo, NHL Draft name and logo, NHL Mascots, Hockey Fights Cancer, Because It’s The Cup, NHL Green name and logo, NHL Vault, Hockey Is For Everyone, NHL Thanksgiving Showdown name and logo, NHL Centennial Classic name and logo, NHL Centennial Season logo, NHL100 Classic name and logo, NHL Global Series name and logo, NHL China Games name and logo, NHL Power Players name and logo, NHL Outdoors at Lake Tahoe name and logo, NHL Street name and logo, and Don’t Miss A Moment are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. © NHL 2022. All Rights Reserved. All NHL team jerseys customized with NHL players’ names and numbers are officially licensed by the NHL and the NHLPA. The Zamboni word mark and configuration of the Zamboni ice resurfacing machine are registered trademarks of Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc.© Frank J. Zamboni & Co., Inc. 2022. All Rights Reserved. Any other third party trademarks or copyrights are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved.