Canadiens Goaltender Price Named NHL’s Most Valuable Player

Carey Price was named Most Valuable Player for goaltending that helped the Montreal Canadiens to the second-best record in the National Hockey League and the Atlantic Division title last season.

In addition to the Hart Trophy for helping the Habs to their best regular-season record since 1988-89, Price also collected the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender and the Ted Lindsay Award, given by the players’ union to the outstanding player in the league.

Price is the first goaltender since Jose Theodore in 2002 to be named MVP. The Habs goalie collected the award after leading the league in wins (44), goals-against average (1.96) and save percentage (.933), becoming the first goaltender to pace the league in all three categories since Ed Belfour in 1990-91.

Price won the MVP voting over three-time recipient Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals and John Tavares of the New York Islanders.

Bob Hartley of the Calgary Flames won Coach of the Year and defenseman Aaron Ekblad of the Florida Panthers earned Rookie of the Year honors at the awards in Las Vegas Wednesday.

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