|Carey Price won't be following in Bill Durnan's footsteps anytime soon.|
"I think Roberto has more than proven that he's the leader of that team. As for me, I don't think I'm quite ready to wear the "C", but who knows, maybe in 10 years or so,” laughed Price.
Only twice in franchise history has a goalie served as captain of the Canadiens, with George Hainsworth being the first to do so in 1932-33 and Bill Durnan following suit 15 years later.
Durnan’s tenure lasted only a few months from January 1948 through October 1948, with Emile “Butch” Bouchard taking over to start the 1948-49 season. The last NHL goalie to serve as captain prior to Luongo, Durnan saw his stint cut short with the league mandating that a goalie could not be captain as a result of Durnan’s constant chirping at officials. The strong silent type, Price would surely not have that problem. With the NHL now softening its stance 60 years later to pave the way for Luongo, Price is quite comfortable with the captain he’s got.
“When you're a goalie, you naturally have to take a leadership role, but we already have such great veteran leadership to follow in this dressing room,” explained Price. “I'm not the kind of guy who will stand up in the room and talk, anyways. I like letting my actions do the talking.”
Manny Almela is a writer for canadiens.com