Max Pacioretty

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Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty - Montreal Canadiens.jpg
Pacioretty in 2012 with the Montreal Canadiens.
Born (1988-11-20) November 20, 1988 (age 25)
New Canaan, CT, USA
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 217 lb (98 kg; 15 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team Montreal Canadiens
National team  United States
NHL Draft 22nd overall, 2007
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 2008–present

Maximillian K. 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 drafted 22nd overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens.

Playing career[edit]

Pacioretty playing for the University of Michigan.

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.[1] He is the first player in franchise history to wear the jersey #67. After starting the 2010-11 season playing for the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, Pacioretty was called up for the second time on December 12, 2010.[2]

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 [3] and won the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

On February 6, 2014, Pacioretty became the first Canadiens player to have two penalty shots in the same game, in Montreal against the Vancouver Canucks netminder Roberto Luongo,[7] and the second NHL player to be awarded two penalty shots in the same period.[8] These were his second and third career penalty shots, the first occurring earlier in the same 2013-2014 season on October 12, 2013 in Vancouver against the same Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo.[9] He missed all three penalty shots,[10] but did still score a hat trick in the February 6 game.

Chara incident[edit]

On March 8, 2011, Pacioretty suffered an injury following a hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15] Pacioretty recovered in time to start the 2011-12 NHL season with the Canadiens.[16]

For Pacioretty's part, he could not remember the incident, but after seeing the tape said that he was 'disgusted' that there was no fine or suspension.[17] About two months later, he said that he thought Chara regretted his actions and that he forgave him.[18]

Personal life[edit]

Pacioretty is the brother-in-law of former NHL player Maxim Afinogenov. In July 2011, Pacioretty married Afinogenov's sister Katia.[19]

His paternal grandmother, Theresa Pacioretty (née Savoie) is a French Canadian from Montreal.[20][21]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    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 72 39 21 60 35 17 5 6 11 8
NHL totals 319 107 106 213 205 21 5 6 11 12


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

Awards and honours[edit]

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


  1. ^ "Devils whip Canadiens behind sharp play from Clemmensen". CBS Sports. December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Daily Hab-it: Pacioretty gets his wish". CTV Montreal. December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010. 
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  7. ^ SportsNet, "Pacioretty overshadows goalie battle in Habs win", February 6, 2012, Canadian Press
  8. ^ ABC News, "Pacioretty Leads Canadiens Past Canucks 5-2", February 7, 2014, Associated Press
  9. ^ TSN, "Pacioretty has hat trick as Canadiens rout Canucks", February 6, 2014, CP
  10. ^ National Post, "Max Pacioretty misses on two penalty shots, but still scores a hat trick as Canadiens conquer Canucks", February 6, 2014, Kelsey Patterson
  11. ^ "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." 
  12. ^ "Max Pacioretty taken off ice on stretcher / Video". National Hockey League. March 8, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Fractured Vertebra for Pacioretty". Montreal Gazette. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Zdeno Chara won't be suspended or fined by NHL for hit on Pacioretty". NESN. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Pacioretty on-ice hit to be investigated by police". CBC News. March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Max Pacioretty's terrible hit, amazing recovery, assist to Montreal General Hospital". Montreal Gazette. October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2011. 
  17. ^ Bob McKenzie (March 9, 2011). "McKenzie: Pacioretty not happy with Chara or league decision". 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.'" 
  18. ^ "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.'" 
  19. ^ Steve Milton (September 23, 2011). "No offence, but he'd rather not be in Hamilton". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved October 1, 2011. 
  20. ^ Dave Stubbs (October 17, 2011). "Giving back to the community". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 
  21. ^ Sean Gordon (October 28, 2011). "Hospital helped Canadiens' Pacioretty, now Max gives back". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 21, 2013. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan McDonagh
Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Louis Leblanc
Preceded by
Mark Letestu
CCHA Rookie of the Year
Succeeded by
David Wohlberg
Preceded by
Ian Laperrière
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
Succeeded by
Josh Harding