Why Carey Price should start for Team Canada
Fast forward four years later and Luongo once again has a chance to be between the pipes for Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. With that said, however, there is another goaltender who might deserve to be the starter when Team Canada takes the ice in February.
That netminder would be Montreal Canadiens' masked man Carey Price. While Price, 26, has no experience when it comes to playing in the Olympics, he does have experience with Team Canada as a member of their Word Junior Hockey club in 2007 when they won the Gold Medal.
When it comes to the Olympics or anytime Hockey Canada participates in an international event, there is always an enormous amount of pressure to come out as the best team. This is something that Price deals with on a daily basis as the goaltender for the proud and stories Canadiens.
In seven seasons with the Habs, Price has become the face of the franchise. He is looked at as their best player and in those seven seasons, has proven that he can win in both the regular season and in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Speaking of the playoffs, the Olympics are very much like the postseason in the NHL in that many games will be played over a short span of time and every game means something. In both international competition and in the NHL playoffs, Price has proven that he can handle that responsibility and win games by being at the top of his game.
In 2007, Price led Team Canada to the Gold Medal at the World Junior Championship. In that tournament, Price went 6-0 with a 1.14 goals against average, allowed just seven goals on 179 shots against and picked-up two shutouts.
With the Canadiens in the postseason, he was very good in 2010-11 in getting his club to a seventh game in the first round against the Boston Bruins. That postseason, Price posted a 2.11 goals against average and a .934 save percentage to go along with one shutout.
Lastly, it is time for the new guard to rise in net for Team Canada. Since 1998, Team Canada has had the likes of Martin Brodeur or Luongo manning the pipes and while both won a Gold Medal (2002 and 2010), there time has come and gone.
While many people might be clamoring to go with familiarity in between the pipes with Luongo, it is time to give the next one a chance and for Team Canada, that is Carey Price.