Maxime Talbot (born 11 February 1984 in LeMoyne, Quebec ) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player who is since October 2013 when the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League contract.
The 1.80 m wide center began his professional career with various teams in the Canadian Junior Football League QMJHL before he selected at the NHL Entry Draft in 2002 as a 234 in the eighth round by the Pittsburgh Penguins ( drafted ) was. With the Olympiques de Hull of the links Sagittarius won the 2003 Coupe du Président, the championship of the QMJHL. He was also elected twice in a row for Most Valuable Player of the QMJHL play -offs.
For the season 2004 /05 Talbot eventually signed a contract with the Penguins him because of the lockout first with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, their farm team in the American Hockey League, exert. Although he could not implement his offensive qualities he had shown in the QMJHL, immediately in the senior league, but he ended his first season with 19 points scorer. Due to good performances in training the attackers managed to start the following season the leap into the NHL roster of franchises from Pittsburgh, his debut in the top North American professional league, he was already at the season opening against the New Jersey Devils. After 48 NHL inserts of Canadians, however, was initially sent back to Wilkes- Barre.
After only five games in the AHL the following season Talbot was appointed by the Pittsburgh Penguins back in the NHL squad, where he has since established itself as a regular force. 2008, the striker reached with the franchise the final of the Stanley Cup, the North American Hockey Championship, lost it the team, however, against the Detroit Red Wings.
However, in the following year, Talbot was able to return the favor. In a rematch of last year's finale secured not least the center of the Penguins 4-3 win in the series for the Stanley Cup in 2009 against last year's champion Detroit Red Wings. It Talbot scored both goals in the decisive 2-1 win in Detroit Joe Louis Arena and became the match winner in the decisive seventh game of the Stanley Cup.
On 1 July 2011, the free agent agreed to a long-term contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. On October 31, 2013, was transferred from the Flyers to Colorado Avalanche, Philadelphia received in return the winger Steve Downie.
With the Canadian national team Maxime Talbot won the silver medal at the U20 World Youth Championship 2004 in Helsinki. During the tournament, the striker served as an assistant captain and scored three assists in six games.
Awards and achievements
- 2003 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 2003 Coupe du Président - profit with the Hull Olympiques
- 2003 Trophée Guy Lafleur
- 2004 Silver medal at the U20 World Junior Championships
- 2004 QMJHL Second All-Star Team
- 2004 Coupe du Président - profit with the Gatineau Olympiques
- 2004 Trophée Guy Lafleur
- 2009 Stanley Cup win with the Pittsburgh Penguins
( Key to Career statistics: Sp or GP = Games Played, T or G = goals scored, V or A = achieved assists; Pts or Pts = scored points scorer, SM or PIM = received penalty minutes, / - = Plus / Minus balance sheet; PP = scored majority gates; SH = scored shorthanded goals, GW = achieved victory gates; Play-downs/Relegation 1 )