Montreal Canadiens’ Carey Price takes home the Bill Masterton Memorial trophy

NEW YORK — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price The Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy was awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities perseverance, sportsmanship, and dedication.

The league announces Price the winner of Masterton Friday night before Game 2 of Eastern Conference final between the back to back defending champions Tampa Bay Lightning New York Rangers. Price supported the Canadiens in the Stanley Cup Final one year prior to losing to Tampa Bay.

Between Game 5 and the 2021 final in April and July, Price was not able to play. There were still two weeks in the 2021-22 regular-season. After having knee surgery last summer, Price entered the NHL/NHL Player's Association joint player assistance programme in October. He stated that it was to address a substance issue he had developed.

Price released a statement in November saying that over the years, he had let himself get into a very dark place. He didn't have any tools to help him. “Things had reached the point where I realized that I needed to prioritize health for myself and my family. We encourage our children to ask for help when they need it. It was exactly what I needed.”

Price made his season debut in April 15th, despite Montreal finishing near the bottom of league standings. After losing four games, Price won the next four and then made 37 saves in Montreal's 10-2 win.

Forward Cole Caufield Price won the game, Price said that at the time. He's the backbone to our team and the guy you want as a player. His presence in the room each day was something special. You feel the energy he brings, regardless of whether he is excited or not.

The future of Price is uncertain. Price turns 35 this August. Despite having four years remaining on his $31.25 million contract, it's possible that the British Columbia native will leave hockey.

Veterans Patrick Marleau Zdeno Chara These were the other finalists in the Masterton, as determined by the Professional Hockey Writers Association. Marleau, who retired last month after a 23 year career, and Chara may also retire at 45.

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