Carey Price to start for Team Canada against Norway

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The Price is right for Mike Babcock on the eve of the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

After a brisk, 55-minute practice here Wednesday, the Team Canada coach announced Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price will get the call in net for Thursday’s tournament opener vs. Norway.

Just 24 hours later, it will be Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo’s turn to build his case for the main starter’s job throughout the tournament.

Price said Babcock informed him of the decision prior to practice and that he was told “right to my face, just like a coach should.

“Obviously I’m thrilled and I’m just ready to go,” Price said. “It’s definitely a highlight. I seem to have had a lot in my young life so far but this definitely ranks up there.

“We all knew coming into this that anything could happen and that anybody could be starting. We were all mentally prepared for that. We’ll just continue to do the same things we’ve been doing all year.”

Luongo took the decision in stride.

“It’s an honour to be a part of the Olympics, it’s the biggest stage in the world, so just enjoy the moment more than anything else,” Luongo said of advice he gave to Price.

“For me, I just want to be ready for whenever I’m called upon. As we saw last time, things change quickly. Whoever is playing doesn’t matter as long as all three guys are ready to play.”