August 18, 2010
We're a month or so away from the opening of NHL training camps (!) and among the names still on the market is that of goaltender Carey Price(notes). A restricted free agent with the Montreal Canadiens, Price took his mind off his contract situation this summer by earning money in an entirely different sport.
The Western Canada native went back to his cowboy roots and recently participated in two rodeo roping events, winning $934.57 in prize money; establishing a two-sport stardom that gives his agent a valuable bargaining chip when negotiations resume with Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier, like when Russian players use the KHL to get a better NHL deal.
During a July event in his hometown of Anahim Lake, Price and his partner beat out 35 opponents by roping a steer in exactly seven seconds, winning each of them $634.27. Earlier this month, Price and a partner won $300.30 apiece against 24 teams by bringing down a steer in 15.4 seconds at another event.
In team roping, one rider's job is to lasso the calf's horns while the other tries to get another lasso around its hind legs.
Price currently sits 16th in the "Heelers" standings and sixth in the "Rookie of the Year", race according to the British Columbia Rodeo Association, with the next tour events schedule for this weekend.
Stick-tap to Steven M. for the heads up