Montreal goalie Carey Price takes a mental-health break and receives widespread support from players and fans

Price, 34, was born in Vancouver and was drafted by the Canadiens in 2005

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      Montreal Canadiens will be without their star netminder for the first part of the season.

      That's because Carey Price is taking time off to deal with a mental-health issue.

      In an Instagram post, Carey Price's wife, Angela, stated that one of the privileges of being in the family is that  "we also get a public platform to show how there is and can be a path to light for anyone who is struggling".

      "No matter what is on the line, we hope we can communicate the importance of putting your mental health first, not just by saying it, but by showing up and doing the work to get better," she stated.

      "Carey's showing up for himself and our family and making the absolute best decision possible for us," she continued. "I will continue to show up for him and our kids and seek out the support that i may need on any given day."

      The Price family's decision to go public and try to erase the stigma around mental health is receiving widespread praise.

      Price, 34, was born in Vancouver and played for the Tri-City Americans in the Western Hockey League. He was chosen fifth overall in the 2005 NHL draft.

      His mother, Lynda Price, is the elected chief of the Ulkatcho (Anahim) First Nation.