Carey Price to start for Canada against Norway, Luongo gets call against Austria
Team Canada goalie Carey Price skates during practice at the Sochi Winter Olympics Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Published Wednesday, February 12, 2014 6:05AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 12, 2014 7:37AM EST
SOCHI, Russia -- Team Canada will split goaltending duties for the first two games of the Olympics, as Carey Price will start the opener against Norway and Roberto Luongo will play against Austria.
Coach Mike Babcock delivered the news to the goaltenders on Wednesday, roughly 36 hours before puck drop of the Norway game. Babcock had one plan all along but didn't give a rationale for why he chose this order.
"I was going to play one of them in (each of) the first two games," Babcock said. "If I had put Luongo in, you'd be asking me the same question."
Price will be making his Olympic debut against Norway on Thursday. He called this moment "definitely a highlight" of his career.
"I seem to have a lot in my young life so far," Price said. "It definitely ranks up there."
It wasn't immediately clear whether Luongo and Price would dress for both games, or if third goalie Mike Smith would get a turn.
Luongo, who was in net when Canada won gold four years ago in Vancouver, said he just wants to be ready when it's time for him to start. That will be Friday versus Austria.
"We're all here to play for Team Canada, man," Luongo said. "It's not about one player. We're all pulling the same rope."