Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has found himself in some hot water.
This past weekend, the 35-year-old netminder posted a personal statement on his Instagram page, indicating his opposition to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s new bill set in place to control firearms, Bill C-21.
“I love my family, I love my country and I care for my neighbour,” Price shared on Instagram alongside a photo of him decked in camouflage hunting attire and holding a hunting rifle. “I am not a criminal or a threat to society. What Justin Trudeau is trying to do is unjust. I support the Canadian Coalition of Firearm Rights to keep my hunting tools. Thank you for listening to my opinion.”
The Instagram post quickly became the third-most liked and second-most commented on post of Price’s Instagram portfolio.
Price has never shied away from sharing his ‘outdoorsman’ way of life. With Ulkatcho First Nation roots, the Anahim Lake, BC. product continues to live off the land as both a hunter and fisher. Although entitled to his own opinion on the reduction of hand guns and long gun through the Liberal government’s new bill, Price’s post and commentary has hit some the wrong way, with reference to an upcoming historical anniversary.
Tuesday, December 6 will mark the 33-year anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre, one of Canada’s very worst mass shootings all-time. Born just two years before the 1989 shooting, Price was reportedly not aware of the unfortunate timing of his post in reference to the Polytechnique massacre.
He responded on Twitter on Monday night after criticism became heavy as it was discovered that the CCFR had recently used ‘POLY’ as a promotional code as a way to save on guns and related merchandise.
“My views are my own and I do believe in them,” Price wrote. “The only reason I bring up this issue is because it is what’s being brought up now and not out of disrespect to anyone. No, I didn’t agree with the promotional code either… I continue to stand beside my fellow hunters and sport shooters who have legally acquired our property and use in a safe manner.”
With fallout continuing throughout the day, the Montreal Canadiens posted the following statement on Monday evening prior to the team’s game against the Vancouver Canucks:
“On the eve of the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we reflect on the lives that were shattered 33 years ago in one of the worst mass shootings in Canadian history. Our thoughts are with the 14 women who lost their lives on December 6, 1989, at École Polytechnique, as well as with their families, friends, and the survivors of that tragedy.
In honor of their memory, the Montreal Canadiens organization has made a donation to the “Week of the White Rose” campaign to send 14 underprivileged girls to Polytechnique Montréal’s summer science camp, Folie Technique, to help support the growth and development of women in STEM. We encourage all of those who wish to join us by visiting roseblanche.org/en to learn more about and contribute to this amazing initiative.
On Saturday, Carey Price posted a statement in support of the CCFR’s opposition to proposed federal gun control legislation. As previously stated, Carey was unaware of the CCFR’s recent marketing campaign nor was he aware of the unfortunate timing of his statement. The Montreal Canadiens wish to express their sincere apology to any and all who have been offended or upset by the discourse that has arisen over this matter in recent days.”
Also on Monday, Habs defenceman Joel Edmundson and head coach Martin St-Louis also commented on Price’s post and the adversity associated with it.
“None of us are really aware of what happened 30 years ago,” the Brandon, MB. product said. “The anniversary is fast approaching — it’s news to all of us, to be honest. But we’re with Carey. There was no bad intentions on his part. It’s just being blown out of proportion and we support him.”
His coach offered a similar response.
“It’s something that happened in 1989,” St-Louis said. “How old was Carey in 1989? Two years old. I don’t think he knew what was going on in Quebec back then… I mean right away I know Carey, it’s not something that he’s trying to do at that time based on the date of the event that happened (at Polytechnique). It’s unfortunate, but Carey’s a family man and he’s sensitive. He’s got two girls and a boy. It’s not like he’s trying to stir it up or anything. He’s entitled to his opinion, but I don’t think that it was meant to come across that way.”
Price is currently on the Canadiens’ long-term injured reserve with a knee injury and is not expected to play at any point during the 2022-23 season. He is Montreal’s all-time wins leader with 361 career victories.