Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 07/30/05 at 04:25 PM ET
The Montreal Canadiens' highest-ranked pick in two decades was enough of a shocker that even the player chosen didn't see it coming. With the No. 5 pick — their highest since 1984 — the Habs selected a goalie. The fact that Montreal already has a Hart and Vezina trophy winner could explain the slight gasp in the room when the Habs announced their pick: Carey Price. His cousin, Shane Doan, scored 27 goals in the last NHL season with the Phoenix Coyotes, and he has another cousin in minor-league hockey. Price cracked a few jokes when asked whether Montreal would have been his first choice. He said the Habs were his favourite team growing up — for about two years in elementary school. "I always got booed for that," he said. He switched allegiances when the Vancouver Canucks made the Stanley Cup final in 1994, he said. So were the Habs his first choice? "Well, yeah," he said. Then he chuckled and paused. "Now (they are)."
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