Pacioretty while at the University of Michigan
November 20, 1988 |
New Canaan, CT, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||212 lb (96 kg; 15 st 2 lb)|
|NHL team||Montreal Canadiens|
|National team||United States|
|NHL Draft||22nd overall, 2007
Max Pacioretty (born November 20, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was called up from the American Hockey League (AHL) for the second time on December 12, 2010. He was drafted 22nd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.
Playing career 
Pacioretty played high school hockey at New Canaan High School during his freshman year, and then moved on to The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut. He signed a three-year contract with the Canadiens on July 17, 2008, thus forgoing his remaining eligibility at the University of Michigan.
Pacioretty 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. He is the first player in franchise history to wear the jersey #67. He recorded his first career hat trick on February 9, 2012, against the New York Islanders, in the same game Scott Gomez ended his year long goal scoring drought.
Returning to action during the 2011-12 NHL season, Pacioretty would become the team's points leader, finishing with a career high 33 goals and 32 assists in 79 games  and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.
On August 12, 2012, Pacioretty signed a six year, 27 million dollar extension to his contract with the Canadiens. In September 2012, due to the NHL lock out, he signed a contract with Swiss National League A Team Ambri-Piotta.
Chara incident 
On March 8, 2011, Pacioretty suffered an injury following a devastating hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara. The force and location of the hit resulted in Pacioretty 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. One Bruin, Mark Recchi, questioned the severity of the concussion during an interview stating that Pacioretty was at a movie theater four days after the incident. For delivering the hit Chara 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. Additionally, Air Canada threatened to remove its sponsorship if the league does not take any action to prevent further violence on ice. Pacioretty recovered in time to start the 2011-12 NHL season with the Canadiens.
For Pacioretty's part, he could not remember the incident, but after seeing tape said that he was 'disgusted' that there was no fine or suspension. About two months later, he said that he thought Chara regretted his actions and that he forgave him.
Personal life 
Career statistics 
Regular season and playoffs 
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|Junior int'l totals||6||0||0||0||8|
|Senior int'l totals||8||2||10||12||4|
- "Daily Hab-it: Pacioretty gets his wish". CTV Montreal. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- "Devils whip Canadiens behind sharp play from Clemmensen". CBS Sports. 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2010-12-15.
- "No Criminal Charges". Quebec: The Canadian Press. November 11, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2012. "After eight months, the police case has been officially closed on Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara's devastating hit on the Montreal Canadiens' Max Pacioretty."
- "Max Pacioretty taken off ice on stretcher / Video". National Hockey League. 2011-03-08.
- "Fractured Vertebra for Pacioretty". Montreal Gazette. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Zdeno Chara won't be suspended or fined by NHL for hit on Pacioretty". NESN. 2011-03-09. Retrieved 2011-03-09.
- "Pacioretty on-ice hit to be investigated by police". CBC News. 10 Mar. 2011. Retrieved 10 Mar. 2011.
- "Max Pacioretty's terrible hit, amazing recovery, assist to Montreal General Hospital". Montreal Gazette. 16 Oct. 2011. Retrieved 27 Oct. 2011.
- Bob McKenzie (March 9, 2011). "McKenzie: Pacioretty not happy with Chara or league decision". TSN.ca. Retrieved March 4, 2012. "'I am upset and disgusted that the league didn't think enough of (the hit) to suspend him,' Pacioretty told me. 'I'm not mad for myself, I'm mad because if other players see a hit like that and think it's okay, they won't be suspended, then other players will get hurt like I got hurt.'"
- "Pacioretty has no ill will". Brossard, Quebec: The Canadian Press. April 28, 2011. Retrieved March 4, 2012. "'I think he regrets what he did and I forgive him because he definitely made an effort to contact me and go out of his way to tell me how he felt,' said Pacioretty. 'I respect him for that'. [...] 'It's a fast game and it's tough to make a decision in a second. Fortunately now I'll be ready to go next season.'"
- Steve Milton (2011-09-23). "No offence, but he'd rather not be in Hamilton". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- Dave Stubbs (2011-10-17). "Giving back to the community". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- Sean Gordon (2011-10-28). "Hospital helped Canadiens' Pacioretty, now Max gives back". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-05-21.
- Max Pacioretty's player profile at NHL.com
- Max Pacioretty's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
|Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
|Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick