NEW YORK — Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is set to wear a different jersey next year, but it won’t be a uniform with his old team in the stands.
The Canadiens will start the season with the blue jersey of their old team on their third line, with the same number on the back of the jersey, and a white jersey on the top of the third line.
Pensacola Kings goalie Ilya Bryzgalov is also set to make the switch to the white jersey, with a black jersey for the first time since the Kings drafted him in the fifth round in 2012.
“This is something we have talked about for a long time,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said.
“I think it’s a great thing to see a team embrace the past, to wear the past with pride and we’ll continue to do that.”
Price has worn the white since last season.
The other Canadiens players are expected to follow suit.
When the Canadiens traded for Bryz, the Kings got him from Nashville in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019.
Bryzgalova has been one of the best goalies in the NHL for the Kings.
Last season, the Penguins defeated the Canadiens 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Finals, in front of a crowd of 22,948 fans.
This is a new start for Price.
Montréal has won two Stanley Cups in the last six years.
Price said he’s excited to play for his old club.
“It’s going to be different,” Price said.
He said it’s going for us to do something new.
And he said the fans are going to love it.
We are going for a new beginning, but we are still going to play hockey.