Talbot in September 2015
|Born||February 11, 1984|
LeMoyne, Quebec, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||186 lb (84 kg; 13 st 4 lb)|
| KHL team|
| Avangard Omsk |
|NHL Draft|| 234th overall, 2002 |
Maxime Talbot (born February 11, 1984) is a Canadian professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).
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Talbot was drafted into the NHL out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 234th overall, in 2002. He led the Hull/Gatineau Olympiques to back-to-back President's Cups while earning the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP both years. During his NHL career, he has also played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins.
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During the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, while still playing for Pittsburgh, Talbot scored his team's only two goals in Pittsburgh's 2–1 victory over Detroit in the series-deciding Game 7, securing the Penguins' Stanley Cup championship win.
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The Detroit Red Wings are a professional ice hockey team based in Detroit. They are members of the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL) and are one of the Original Six teams of the league. Founded in 1926, the team was known as the Detroit Cougars from then until 1930. For the 1930–31 and 1931–32 seasons the team was called the Detroit Falcons, and in 1932 changed their name to the Red Wings.
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Talbot was selected by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the first round of the 2000 QMJHL Draft. At the League trade deadline that year, Talbot was dealt to the Hull Olympiques in exchange for Alexandre Giroux.Talbot completed his major junior rookie season with a combined 37 points between the two teams.
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Before the start of the 2002–03 season, Talbot was named team captain for the Olympiques and finished the year with a major junior career-high 46 goals and 104 points in 69 games, good for fifth in League scoring and for QMJHL Second All-Star Team honours.In the playoffs that year, he led the League in scoring with 44 points in 20 games as he captained the Olympiques to a QMJHL Championship, also earning the Guy Lafleur Trophy as playoff MVP in the process. Playing the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s Kitchener Rangers in the final of the subsequent 2003 Memorial Cup, they were defeated by a 6–3 score.
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The President Cup is awarded annually by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League to the league's playoffs champion.
The Guy Lafleur Trophy is awarded annually to the Most Valuable Player in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League playoffs. It is named for Hockey Hall of Famer and QMJHL alumnus Guy Lafleur.
In the 2003–04 season, Talbot finished third in scoring in the QMJHL with 98 points (25 goals and 73 assists) in 51 games as the team became the Gatineau Olympiques through the almagamation of Hull into the City of Gatineau. He led the team to a second consecutive QMJHL championship while again being named playoff MVP and leading the League in post-season scoring for the second-straighy year. He was the first to earn back-to-back Guy Lafleur Trophies since Marc Saumier in 1987 and 1988.The Olympiques were, however, defeated for the second-straight year in the Memorial Cup Final, losing to the Western Hockey League (WHL)'s Kelowna Rockets 2–1.
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As the 2004–05 season approached, Talbot was signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and was assigned to make his debut with the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He was assigned to various linemates and was placed in many role playing opportunities.He did not have the offensive power in the AHL, however, that he did in the QMJHL, but nonetheless Talbot showed quality traits in other aspects of the game as he finished his debut season with 19 points (seven goals and 12 assists) in 75 games.
With an impressive training camp, Talbot made the Penguins' opening roster for the 2005–06 season, making his NHL debut against the New Jersey Devils. He scored his first career NHL goal on October 14, 2005, from centre ice against the Philadelphia Flyers. His primary role during his rookie season was that of a penalty killer.He would later be sent back down to the AHL after 48 games in the NHL, during which time he recorded eight points (five goals and three assists).
Talbot did not start the 2006–07 season in the NHL, but was recalled by Pittsburgh on October 24, 2006, just five games into the AHL season.He would play that same night against New Jersey. Talbot continued to play a key role on the penalty kill, recording four short-handed goals to go with a season total of 24 points (13 goals and 11 assists).
Talbot scored four goals in the first five games of the 2007–08 season. He was the part of an on-ice prank on December 1, 2007, when he briefly donned the jersey of teammate Sidney Crosby during an optional practice that Crosby had chosen to skip. He initially drew a large cheer from the crowd in Toronto before they realized the jersey switch.
In Game 3 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Talbot scored a backhand goal against Ottawa Senators goaltender Martin Gerber less than five minutes after the Senators had taken the lead in that game. In the Conference Finals against the Philadelphia Flyers, Talbot scored the game-winning goal in the third period of Game 2. He did this in his first game back from a broken foot that had sidelined him for the previous four playoff games. In Game 5 of the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, he scored the tying goal with 35 seconds remaining, allowing the Penguins to score in triple overtime to force a Game 6.
Midway through the final year of his initial contract with the Penguins, 2008–09, Talbot re-signed on December 19, 2008, to a two-year contract extension through the 2010–11 season. The Penguins returned to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second consecutive year against Detroit. Talbot scored both of the Penguins' goals in the seventh and deciding game of the series to capture the franchise's third Stanley Cup.
For the 2009–10 season, Talbot served as the Penguins representative to the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), a position he took over from Matt Cooke.
Whilst playing for the Penguins, Talbot has appeared in numerous television commercials, including Valley Pool and Spa, City of Champions Crunch cereal (which featured Talbot on one side of the box and Pittsburgh Steeler Hines Ward on the other), and three commercials for Pittsburgh A&L Motor Sales (these A&L commercials have earned him the nickname "Superstar"). He also appeared in a Reebok commercial with teammate Sidney Crosby which aired during the 2010 NHL Winter Classic.
While promoting the 2011 NHL Winter Classic, Talbot called out Washington Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin during an interview with a Pittsburgh radio station, calling him "a real douche."
After being unable to come to terms with the Penguins on a new contract, Talbot signed a five-year, $8.75 million contract with the Penguin's in-state rival Philadelphia Flyers on July 1, 2011. On December 29, 2011, during a 4–2 Philadelphia victory, Talbot scored an empty net goal in his first game back in Pittsburgh against the Penguins since signing with the Flyers. He would finish his first season in Philadelphia appearing in 81 regular season games, scoring 19 goals and 15 assists for a total of 34 points; all three statistics were NHL career-highs for Talbot. Talbot and the Flyers would ultimately face the Penguins in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2012 playoffs, a series that saw the Flyers defeat the Penguins in six games. Talbot scored four goals during the series, two of which were short-handed.
After the first month of the 2013–14 season with the Flyers, Talbot was traded to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Steve Downie on October 31, 2013.On December 6, 2013, Talbot scored his first Avalanche goal in a 3–2 win over the Calgary Flames.
With the Avalanche on the outside of the 2015 playoff picture, Talbot was traded at the NHL trade deadline on March 2, 2015, along with Paul Carey, to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Jordan Caron and a sixth-round draft pick in 2016.
On December 21, 2015, the NHL announced that it was suspending Talbot for two games because of a hit on New Jersey Devils forward Jiri Tlusty in a game on Dec. 20.
At the conclusion of his contract with the Bruins, and as an impending free agent, Talbot opted to continue his career abroad in the Kontinental Hockey League, agreeing to a one-year deal with Russian club, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl on May 27, 2016.
Talbot played two seasons with Lokomotiv, before leaving as a free agent and signing a one-year contract to remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk for the 2018–19 season, on August 25, 2018.
|World Junior Championships|
Talbot helped Canada win a silver medal as an alternate captain during the 2004 World Junior Championships in Helsinki, Finland.
In 2016, Talbot was a member of Team Canada at the 2016 Deutschland Cup.
Talbot's father, Serge, is a construction worker; his mother Lucie is a high school teacher.Talbot has two older brothers, Will and Frank.
Talbot married Canadian former figure skating champion Cynthia Phaneuf on July 11, 2014.The couple has two children.
|Second All-Star Team||2003, 2004|
|Guy Lafleur Trophy||2003, 2004|
|President's Cup (Hull/Gatineau Olympiques)||2003, 2004|
|Stanley Cup (Pittsburgh Penguins)||2009|
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