Carey Price

How a First Nations kid became a superstar goaltender

by Catherine Rondina

This is the story of how Carey Price became the highest paid goalie in the NHL and a role model for Indigenous youth everywhere.

Twenty years ago, Carey Price was flying hundreds of miles across the country so he could play on the nearest organized hockey team. Today, he is the highest-paid goalie in the NHL. But he's never forgotten where he started.

The son of an NHL draftee and the chief of the Ulkatcho First Nation, Carey got his start on skates as a toddler. The natural athlete went on to become the top amateur player in Canada in 2002, getting drafted fifth overall by the Montreal Canadiens three years later. Now one of the most recognizable figures in hockey, Carey credits his success to his community of Anahim Lake, where hard work and commitment often face off against remoteness and cost. Throughout his incredible career, he's taken every opportunity possible to encourage all young people, especially those who share his Indigenous background, to follow their dreams.

About the Author

CATHERINE RONDINA is a writer, educator and library assistant. Her books for children have received numerous honours including the Silver Birch Award, the Hackmatack Award and the Teacher's Choice Award. She lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Reviews

"The book is aimed at middle-grade readers, ages 12+, and has a decidedly different approach to telling his remarkable story. For one, author Catherine Rondina chose to really spotlight Price's Indigenous background ... The pocketbook from Lorimer's RecordBooks series crams a lot into its 150 pages, from Price's early days in the remote Anahim Lake, B.C., to leading Canada to a gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi."
Greg Oliver, Society for International Hockey Research
"This slim, pocket-size biography manages to convey an awful lot of information through engaging, brief chapters and breezy vocabulary. Readers will come away with an overview of acclaimed goalie Carey Price's hockey career to date."
Kathleen McBroom, Booklist
"An inspiring story, especially for hockey fans and not just for reluctant teen readers."
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Awards

2020 Rocky Mountain Book Awards
2020
CCBC - Best Books for Kids & Teens
2018
Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award
2019

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