Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens has been selected the winner of the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for 2022, which is given to the player who "best exhibits the virtues of persistence, sportsmanship, and dedication to hockey."
The announcement was revealed immediately before Game 2 of the Eastern Conference final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the New York Rangers on Friday, with Price thanking everyone for their support in a video message broadcast on Sportsnet.
"There will always be challenges in life, and I believe that having the ability to overcome those challenges while keeping things in perspective and moving on is something that we should all be teaching our children and loved ones," he said.
Chara, 45, finished the season with 1,680 games played in his career, breaking Chris Chelios' record for most games played by a defenseman and becoming only the eighth player in NHL history to play in 24 seasons.
Price played in only five games for the Habs this season, all of them in April, after voluntarily entering the NHL/NHLPA player assistance programme and recovering from offseason knee surgery.