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UNBC to recognize Carey Price during Spring Convocation ceremony in PG

Gold-medal-winning goaltender Carey Price is set to receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UNBC later this month.

Price’s childhood was spent in his home community of Anahim Lake through to his career for the Montreal Canadiens inspiring countless Canadians, fostered empowering community connections and became known for his tireless charitable efforts throughout the region and Canada.

“In sharing my journey and experiences with young people in Anahim Lake and across the country, I want to shine a light on all the possibilities and pathways open to them,” said Price, who is of Ulkatcho/Southern Dakelh and Nuxalk First Nations heritage.

“Receiving this honorary Doctor of Laws degree from UNBC is an example of the unexpected opportunities that arise and fulfilling ways that community service gives back to you.”

Price found success in the Western Hockey League, American Hockey League and internationally, garnering a number of awards and honours including a gold medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship and was named the CHL’s Goalie of the Year in the same season.

He was selected fifth overall by the Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, where he would go on to play for 15 seasons – establishing new franchise records for most games played and most wins by a goalie.

Price also won gold medals at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and, at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto, Ontario in 2016.

In addition, he was the recipient of five major NHL Awards, including the Hart Memorial Trophy for the league’s Most Valuable Player.

While Prince never won a Stanley Cup, he did guide the Canadians to the final against the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2020-21 where they fell in five games.

In 2015, Price won the Northern Star Award as Canada’s top athlete and in 2016 he was named an Indspire Award recipient, recognizing Indigenous professionals who demonstrate outstanding career achievements.

Price will be inducted into the BC Hockey Hall of Fame in July.

Furthermore, Price has a personal connection to UNBC — his mother, Chief Lynda Price of the Ulkatcho First Nation, is an alumni.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in First Nations Studies with a minor in Political Science in 2011.

Price will receive his honorary degree on May 31st during the convocation at the Prince George campus.

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