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Carey Price Wins 2014-15 Hart Trophy Award at NHL Awards Ceremony

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 25, 2015

Montreal Canadiens' Carey Price poses on the red carpet before the NHL Awards show Wednesday, June 24, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
John Locher/Associated Press

On a night that saw him win four awards, Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price took the biggest honor of all as he was named the NHL's most valuable player by virtue of capturing the Hart Memorial Trophy.

Price became the first goaltender to win the Hart since the 2001-02 season, when fellow Habs netminder Jose Theodore took the MVP award.

The 27-year-old native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, beat out Washington Capitals winger Alexander Ovechkin and New York Islanders center John Tavares to win the first Hart Trophy of his career.

According to Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post, Price came out on top by a landslide:

Alex Prewitt @alex_prewitt

Carey Price ran away with the thing: 139 first-place votes to Alex Ovechkin's 8.

Price also took the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goaltender, the William M. Jennings Trophy for the least goals allowed and the Ted Lindsay Award, which goes to the NHL's most outstanding player as determined by the NHL Players Association.

Per the Canadiens' official Twitter account, Price was humble and thankful following his haul of hardware:

Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL

“I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me, especially the other players.” -Carey Price http://t.co/VxT8JU1c9C

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail felt as though Price earned the collection of awards after putting the Canadiens on his back in 2014-15:

Eric Duhatschek @eduhatschek

A sweep of the big three for Carey Price, to the surprise of practically no one. He had an unbelievable year. Well deserved.

Price was spectacular, going 44-16-6 and leading the league with a minuscule 1.96 goals-against average and .933 save percentage.

The decorated goalie led Montreal to an Atlantic Division title and the second-best record in the Eastern Conference, which Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver was quite grateful for:

Mike Weaver @mikeweaver_43

Congrats @CP0031 it was an honor to block shots for you! Couldn't happen to a better person!

While Price made his dominance look effortless over the course of the season, he took time to reflect upon the tough road he traveled to reach the NHL:

Canadiens Montréal @CanadiensMTL

"There are always going to be difficult times and how you react is what defines your character."-Price on his NHL path

There has been a great deal of pressure on Price to perform since the Habs made him the No. 5 overall selection in the 2005 draft. While there have been some bumps along the way and the Stanley Cup has proven elusive, he has come into his own over the past few seasons.

Price is now undoubtedly the marquee goaltender in the NHL, and as a gold-medal winner in the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he is a national hero in Canada as well.

The next step in cementing his legacy is winning the Cup, and if the Canadiens organization is able to put enough talent around him, he is certainly good enough to deliver one to the city of Montreal. 

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