Indigenous Success Stories

Sports and Reconciliation (87-91)

Carey Price

October 29, 2018 – Carey Price, goaltender for the Montréal Canadiens, has Nuxalk and Southern Carrier (Dakelh) Indigenous heritage, and his mother, Lynda, was the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation and the first woman elected to the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs board of directors.

Keeping it steady has been the key to his success on the world stage and in the maelstrom of Montreal. Price is a gold-medalist at the World Juniors, Olympics and World Cup, and in the 2014-15 season, his 44 wins broke a franchise record shared by Plante and Ken Dryden. It led the NHL, and he was first in goals against average (1.96), and save percentage (.933). He won the Hart Trophy, Vezina Trophy and Ted Lindsay Award – the first goalie to win all three – and shared the William Jennings Trophy with the Chicago Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford. During one of his many acceptance speeches, Price said: “I would really like to encourage First Nations youth to be leaders in their communities. Be proud of your heritage and don’t be discouraged from the improbable. Chanalya – thank you.”

Price, who was given the Jean Béliveau Trophy, which recognizes a Canadiens player for his “outstanding charity work and community involvement” in 2014, still returns to British Columbia every offseason and continues to give back to his hometown through the Breakfast Club of Canada, as well as donating thousands of dollars in hockey equipment.