Watch: The story in Mastromonaco’s own words
MONTREAL – It was a happy ending for both Montreal Canadiens’ goaltender Carey Price and local Habs’ fan John Mastromonaco.
Just after midnight, at the suggestion of his wife, Price tweeted a message that his two Labrador retrievers, Duke and Motty, were lost.
“I was preoccupied and they snuck out the garage door,” Price said after practice on Monday.
“It’s not the first time and probably not the last time.”
Watch: Goalie Carey Price describes what happened
The story was picked up by local media and Mastromonaco, who owns the landscaping company J.G. Mastro, said that he heard about the lost dogs on the radio as he was driving in his truck in Candiac early Monday morning.
“Around 6:15 this morning, I hear on TSN that Price has lost his two dogs, and then I see these two dogs following a jogger but they’re not on a leash,” he told Global News.
He stopped his truck and asked the jogger if two Labradors belonged to him. When he discovered they didn’t, he realized that the black and golden dogs must belong to Price.
“The dogs came to me, they were really nice,” he said. “I called the radio station to tell them I have the dogs.”
It was then that he noticed that the pups were wearing tags. “So I called the number on the dog tags and it was his wife,” he said.
“I told her I can bring the dogs by in my pick-up truck.”
The dogs are a big part of Price’s family and close to his heart – he tweeted a photo of them last January.
When Mastromonaco brought the dogs to the house, the door was answered by none other than Price himself.
The landscaper said that Price was grateful to have his dogs back and he gave him a signed goalie stick.
“He gave me a signed stick. I thanked him, wished him luck on Tuesday and that was it.”
As a Habs fan, Mastromonaco admitted that he found this “pretty cool.”
The Montreal Canadiens face the Boston Bruins on home ice in Montreal on Tuesday for Game 3 of the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
You can bet that many Habs fans will be happy to know that the missing dogs won’t be on the star goalie’s mind.