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.

The 34-year-old beat out New York Islanders' Zdeno Chara and Philadelphia Flyers' Kevin Hayes for the honour.

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.

Kevin Hayes recovered from a slew of injuries and diseases following the death of his brother, former NHLer Jimmy Hayes, to earn 31 points in 48 games in the 2021-2022 season.

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.

On April 29, he picked up his only win of the season, a 10-2 thrashing of the Florida Panthers.

Last season, the former Vezina Trophy winner guided the Canadiens to their first Stanley Cup final since 1993. He won 13 games and had a.924 save percentage before falling to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

Price has a 361-261-79 record in 712 NHL games, averaging 2.51 goals against and a.917 save percentage.