Prodigal son Carey Price has already made quite a name for himself at every level in hockey.

He won the Canadian Hockey League’s award for Goaltender of the Year, guided Team Canada to a gold medal in the 2007 World Junior Championship and won the Calder Cup in the American Hockey League (and at the same time picked up playoff MVP) with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

With a resume like this, there was only one step to take – a step up to the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL.

Price, the 5th pick overall in the 2005 Entry Draft who is from Anahim Lake, B.C., suited up as the backup to number one goaltender Cristobal Huet October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina against the Hurricanes.

Although Price did not see a minute of action, it demonstrated the team’s confidence in his abilities. The Habs won 3-2 in overtime on a Saku Koivu tally.

Price’s mother is Chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation in B.C. She raised her son to be proud of his heritage and to always remember where he came from. Now as a member of the Montreal Canadiens, Native people from across the country can be equally proud of him.