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Price spends lockout practicing with kids from his old junior team

Dec 10, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

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Back in 2004-05, during the NHL’s last lockout, veteran goaltender Olie Kolzig returned to his old junior team, the WHL Tri-City Americans to skate with their young players, including up-and-coming netminder Carey Price.

“That was a lot of fun for me,” Price recalled in a Montreal Gazette report. So now he’s returning the favor in a way. With the NHL locked out again, Price is back with the Americans.

He originally planned to stay for a week, but as the lockout has dragged on, he’s continued to practice with Tri-City.

“I’m kind of (in) full-out practice mode now,” he said. “It’s nice to have a little bit of structure to practice.

“And these guys all really seem to enjoy scoring on me. They try a lot harder.

“On game days, I back off and let them do their own thing. But when they have a couple days between games, I’m out there with them in the morning. Some of these guys skate twice a day, again in the afternoon when they’re done with school.”

Despite the familiar environment, this is a new experience for Price. Under normal circumstances, he wouldn’t be training this hard in December and he obviously would have gotten plenty of playing time under his belt at this point.

Price inked a six-year, $39 million deal with the Canadiens over the summer. He’s already established himself as a workhorse and solid starter, but when this lockout ends, he’ll need to prove that he can live up to the pressure that comes with that kind of contract in a big hockey market like Montreal.

  1. valoisvipers - Dec 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

    Yes folks it is that time again, where more games must be cancelled, How many pay cheques will it be this time one or two? After the stunt that the liar Fehr pulled last week part of me hopes Bettman punishes them with a 3-4 week cancellation of games but the other part of me wants to see some NHL action. None the less we are the 10th now and games are cancelled till the 14th so even if they agreed to a CBA today, the earliest start would be the 18th so more games are lost already. Tic Toc Tic Toc Hockey for Christmas? Only time will tell and one can only hope.

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