Price proves a role model for First Nations

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

LEKSAND, Sweden -- When Carey Price's mother says her son took a long road to the 2007 world junior championship, she's not kidding.

Of Canada's 22 players, none hail from a smaller town than Price, who has emerged as Canada's No. 1 goaltender.

Price calls Anahim Lake, B.C., population 319, home.

"Carey is running down a dream that he has had since he was a child," said Lynda Price, one of many parents of Canadian players who have made the trip here.

"The first thing I do is I thank the Lord that he is realizing his dream."

Price became a goalie as a young boy because, as his mother puts it, the net is where the older boys in school put him.

When Price became old enough to play organized hockey, his dad and mom would load up the car for the drive to Williams Lake, B.C. -- 320 km one way -- on weekends for games.

"My parents gave up a lot so I could play," the 6-ft. 2-in., 217-lb. Price said. "It's something I never forget."

The goaltender takes as much pride in his heritage as his mother does in him.

Lynda Price is the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation.

Dad Jerry also played goal and was drafted by Philadelphia in 1978 but never played an NHL game.

One of Price's cousins is Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan.

Price was the fifth-overall pick in 2005 by Montreal.

"I'm proud of who I am and where I came from and being from such a small community," Price said.

Price, whose regular hockey job is tending goal for the Tri-City Americans of the WHL, has become a positive example for First Nations people.

"All of the First Nations are very proud of Carey," Lynda said. "We have 203 First Nations communities and when the chiefs assemble, they always tell me what a great role model he is."


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