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Max Pacioretty
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Born November 20, 1988 (1988-11-20) (age 30)
New Canaan, Connecticut
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team Flag of the United States.svg United States
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2008–present

Max Pacioretty (born Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty on November 20, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey left winger and captain for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Max was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by Montreal.

Playing CareerEdit

Amateur Playing CareerEdit

Max played high school hockey at New Canaan High School in which he led the state in points during his freshman year and then moved on to The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut.

He then played junior hockey for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for one season in 2006–07.

Max signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Canadiens on July 17, 2008, thus forgoing his remaining eligibility at the University of Michigan.

Professional Playing CareerEdit

Max made his NHL debut with the Montreal Canadiens on January 2, 2009, scoring his first NHL goal on his first NHL shot in a 4–1 loss against the New Jersey Devils

Upon his debut, he also became the first player in Montreal's lengthy franchise history to wear jersey number 67.

After starting the 2010–11 season playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL), the Canadiens' top minor league affiliate, Max was recalled for the second time to the NHL on December 12, 2010.

Returning to action during the 2011–12 season, Max would end the year as the team's points leader, finishing with a career-high 33 goals and 32 assists in 79 games and also won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for "perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

He recorded his first career hat-trick on February 9, 2012, against the New York Islanders.

On August 12, 2012, Max signed a six-year, $27 million contract extension with the Canadiens. In September of 2012, as a result of the impending labor lockout, he signed a contract to play overseas with Swiss National League A team HC Ambrì-Piotta.

On February 6, 2014, Max became the first Canadien to have two penalty shots awarded in the same game against the Vancouver Canucks and goaltender Roberto Luongo and also becoming just the second player in NHL history to be awarded two penalty shots in the same period.

These were his second and third NHL career penalty shots, the first occurring earlier in the season on October 12, 2013, coincidentally also against the Canucks and Luongo. Max missed all three penalty shots, but nonetheless, he still scored a hat-trick in the February 6th game.

On September 15, 2014, Max was named an alternate captain of the Canadiens along with P.K. Subban, Tomas Plekanec and Andrei Markov.

On September 18, 2015, he was voted by the team to become the 29th captain in Canadiens history after going without a captain in the 2014-15 season with the departure of Brian Gionta.

Zdeno Chara IncidentEdit

On March 8, 2011, Max suffered an injury following a hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chára.

The force and location of the hit resulted in him colliding with the stanchion at the end of the bench. He was taken off the ice on a stretcher after laying motionless on the ice for several minutes. The extent of the injury was revealed the next day to be a fracture to the 4th cervical vertebra (C4) and a severe concussion.

For delivering the hit, Zdeno received a five-minute major penalty and a game misconduct, and after reviewing videotape of the play, the NHL decided no further punishment was warranted.

However, a criminal investigation was announced by the Montreal Police Service. Additionally, Air Canada threatened to remove its League sponsorship if the NHL did not take any action to prevent further violence on ice.

Max recovered in time to start the 2011–12 season with the Canadiens.

For Max's part, he could not remember the incident, but after seeing the tape, he said that he was "disgusted" that there was no fine or suspension. About two months later, he said that he thought Chára regretted his actions and that he forgave him.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2006–07 Sioux City Musketeers USHL 60 21 42 63 119 7 4 6 10 10
2007–08 University of Michigan CCHA 36 15 23 38 59  —  —  —  —  —
2008–09 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 37 6 23 29 43  —  —  —  —  —
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 34 3 8 11 27  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Montreal Canadiens NHL 52 3 11 14 20  —  —  —  —  —
2009–10 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 18 2 9 11 10 5 1 0 1 2
2010–11 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 27 17 15 32 20  —  —  —  —  —
2010–11 Montreal Canadiens NHL 37 14 10 24 39  —  —  —  —  —
2011–12 Montreal Canadiens NHL 79 33 32 65 56  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 HC Ambrì-Piotta NLA 5 1 0 1 4  —  —  —  —  —
2012–13 Montreal Canadiens NHL 44 15 24 39 28 4 0 0 0 4
2013–14 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 39 21 60 35 17 5 6 11 8
2014–15 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 37 30 67 32 11 5 2 7 16
NHL totals 399 144 136 280 237 32 10 8 18 28

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 United States WJC 4th 6 0 0 0 8
2012 United States WC 7th 8 2 10 12 4
2014 United States Oly 4th 5 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 6 0 0 0 8
Senior totals 13 2 11 13 8

AccoladesEdit

Award Year
All-CCHA Rookie Team 2007–08
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy 2012

Personal LifeEdit

Max is the brother-in-law of former NHL player Maxim Afinogenov. In July of 2011, he married his sister, Katia.

The couple welcomed their first child, a boy named Lorenzo on December 23, 2013 in Montreal. They welcomed another child on June 12, 2015 named Maximus Raymond.

Max's paternal grandmother, Theresa Pacioretty (née Savoie) is a French-Canadian from Montreal.