Friday, June 08, 2007
Goaltender Carey Price and forward Ajay Baines, past members of the BC Hockey Male High Performance Program, carried the Hamilton Bulldogs to a Calder Cup Championship last night. While Price was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs, Baines scored a shorthanded tiebreaking goal midway through the third period that would later be counted as the game winner, lifting the Bulldogs past the Bears. The Bulldogs defeated the Hershey Bears by a score of 2-1 at Copps Coliseum on Thursday night to claim the American Hockey Leagues championship crown.
The Hamilton Bulldogs, farm team of the National Hockey League’s Montreal Canadiens, defeated the Bears four games to one on route to capturing their franchises first AHL title.
Carey Price made 29 saves in Game Five and finished the playoffs with a win loss record of 15-6, 2.06 goals-against average and a .936 save percentage with two shutouts. The 19-year-old Price, fifth overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft made his first professional debut with the Bulldogs on Apr. 13th and later earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the most valuable player of the 2007 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Price becomes the third goaltender in AHL history and the first since Patrick Roy in 1985, to lead his team to a Calder Cup title as a teenager. In addition to the Calder Cup Championship, the native of Williams Lake, B.C. was named the tournament MVP for Canada at the 2007 World Junior Championships and the outstanding goaltender in the Canadian Hockey League.
The BC Hockey Male High Performance Program was introduced in 1980 with the mandate to systematically identify and train the province's elite-level players for high performance hockey sporting events. The overall objective of the program is to increase the chances of athletes from BC to compete provincially, regionally, nationally and internationally with the ultimate goal being selected to Hockey Canada’s National Junior or National Senior Team. To be eligible, all players must be members of BC Hockey or past members attending a Hockey Canada recognized residential school.
The current BC Hockey Male High Performance Program contains two categories: the Under 16 program and the Under 17 Program.
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