Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty (born November 20, 1988) is an American professional ice hockey left winger and an alternate captain for the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Pacioretty in April 2015
November 20, 1988|
New Canaan, Connecticut, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||206 lb (93 kg; 14 st 10 lb)|
Vegas Golden Knights|
|National team||United States|
22nd overall, 2007|
Pacioretty was drafted in the first round, 22nd overall, in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens; he would go on captain them for his last three seasons with them and score 30 or more goals in five of those seasons. He was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights before the 2018-19 NHL season.
Pacioretty 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. Pacioretty then played junior hockey for the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) for one season in 2006–07. Following the campaign, Pacioretty was selected in the first round, 22nd overall by the Montreal Canadiens during the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. He spent the 2007–08 season with the University of Michigan, recording 15 goals and 38 points in 36 games.
On July 17, 2008, Pacioretty signed a three-year, entry level contract with the Canadiens.
Pacioretty made his NHL debut with the 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, Pacioretty was recalled for the second time to the NHL on December 12, 2010.
On March 8, 2011, Pacioretty suffered an injury following a hit by Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chára. 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 lying (semi-)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, Chára 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. Pacioretty recovered in time to start the 2011–12 season with the Canadiens.
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. About two months later, he said that he thought Chára regretted his actions and that he forgave him.
Returning to action during the 2011–12 season, Pacioretty would end the year as the team's points leader, finishing with a career-high 33 goals and 32 assists in 79 games, also winning 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, Pacioretty signed a six-year, $27 million contract extension with the Canadiens. In September 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, Pacioretty became the first Canadien to have two penalty shots awarded in the same game, against the Vancouver Canucks and goaltender Roberto Luongo, 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. Pacioretty missed all three penalty shots, but nonetheless still scored a hat trick in the February 6 game.
The 2017–18 season was disappointing for the Canadiens, who finished 28th overall in the NHL standings. After four-straight 60+ point seasons, Pacioretty recorded only 37 total points over the season. On March 2, 2018, Pacioretty left a game against the New York Islanders due to an injury, and a few days later it was announced that Pacioretty suffered a knee injury and was set to be out for four to six weeks.
The summer prior to his contract ending, there was speculation the Canadiens were intending to trade Pacioretty. There was a trade in place to send Pacioretty to the Los Angeles Kings during the 2018 NHL Entry Draft, but Pacioretty denied it from happening. Pacioretty subsequently switches agents. Pacioretty confirmed in late August that he hadn't engaged in extensions talks with the club, signaling that the final year of his contract could also be the final year of his tenure with the Canadiens.
Vegas Golden KnightsEdit
On September 10, 2018, Pacioretty was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Tomáš Tatar, Nick Suzuki, and a 2019 second round draft pick. He subsequently signed a four-year, $28 million contract extension with the Knights.
Pacioretty made his return to Montreal on November 10, 2018. Prior to the game, the Canadiens aired a video tribute for him, while he received a standing ovation from the fans. Pacioretty recorded nine shots and a -2 rating in a 5-4 loss.
Pacioretty's paternal grandmother, Theresa Pacioretty (née Savoie) is a French-Canadian from Montreal. Pacioretty's mother is of Mexican origin. Having grown up in Mexico she was not familiar with ice skating but given Pacioretty's very high energy as a child, took him to a rink to expend energy.
In March 2016, McDonald's introduced the "Max 67" burger which is only available in its Quebec restaurants.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|2018–19||Vegas Golden Knights||NHL||66||22||18||40||36||7||5||6||11||4|
Awards and honorsEdit
- Todd, Jack (November 26, 2016). "Jack Todd: Time for everyone to get off Pacioretty's back". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
Enter Maximillian Kolenda Pacioretty,
- "Pee-Wee players who have reached NHL or WHA" (PDF). Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. 2018. Retrieved February 15, 2019.
- "Youngster Pacioretty signs with Canadiens". The Star. Retrieved July 17, 2008.
- "Devils whip Canadiens behind sharp play from Clemmensen". CBS Sports. December 12, 2010. Archived from the original on October 10, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
- "Daily Hab-it: Pacioretty gets his wish". CTV Montreal. December 12, 2010. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
- "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. March 8, 2011.
- "Fractured Vertebra for Pacioretty". Montreal Gazette. March 9, 2011. Archived from the original on March 12, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
- "Zdeno Chara won't be suspended or fined by NHL for hit on Pacioretty". NESN. March 9, 2011. Retrieved March 9, 2011.
- "Pacioretty on-ice hit to be investigated by police". CBC News. March 10, 2011. Retrieved March 10, 2011.
- "Max Pacioretty's terrible hit, amazing recovery, assist to Montreal General Hospital". Montreal Gazette. October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 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.'
- "2011-2012". NHL.com (in French). Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "Max Pacioretty wins Bill Masterton Trophy". NHL.com. Montreal. June 20, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "Gomez scores first goal in a year for Habs; Pacioretty records hat trick". cbssports.com. Uniondale, NY. February 9, 2012. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- "Max Pacioretty signs six-year deal with Canadiens". CTV News Montreal. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
- Stubbs, Dave (September 24, 2012). "Max Pacioretty decides on Switzerland during NHL lockout". The National Post. Retrieved January 30, 2018.
- SportsNet, "Pacioretty overshadows goalie battle in Habs win", February 6, 2012, Canadian Press
- ABC News, "Pacioretty Leads Canadiens Past Canucks 5-2", February 7, 2014, Associated Press
- TSN, "Pacioretty has hat trick as Canadiens rout Canucks", February 6, 2014, CP
- National Post, "Max Pacioretty misses on two penalty shots, but still scores a hat trick as Canadiens conquer Canucks", February 6, 2014, Kelsey Patterson
- "Canadiens opt for four alternate captains this season". NHL. September 15, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
- "Max Pacioretty becomes the 29th captain in Montreal Canadiens history". Canadiens.nhl.com. September 18, 2015. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
- Cowan, Stu (April 9, 2018). "'I've fallen in love with this city,' Canadiens' Max Pacioretty says". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Braverman, Dan (April 3, 2018). "Pacioretty, Mete head home". NHL.com. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Hickey, Pat (March 5, 2018). "Canadiens' Max Pacioretty and Victor Mete will miss up to six weeks". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved April 9, 2018.
- Friedman, Elliotte (June 25, 2018). "31 Thoughts: All eyes on John Tavares during UFA interview period". Sportsnet. Retrieved June 25, 2018.
- @renlavoietva (August 28, 2018). "Max Pacioretty confirme qu'il n'y a aucune négociation avec les @CanadiensMTL pour une prolongation de contrat" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
- "Golden Knights Acquire Max Pacioretty From The Montreal Canadiens". NHL.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- "Pacioretty signs four-year extension with Golden Knights". NHL.com. September 10, 2018. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
- Cowan, Stu. "Canadiens Game Day: Habs refuse to give up and beat Golden Knights 5-4". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
- Steve Milton (September 23, 2011). "No offence, but he'd rather not be in Hamilton". The Hamilton Spectator. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Canadiens Montréal on Twitter: "Congrats to Max and Katia Pacioretty on the birth of their second child!"". June 12, 2015. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- Qmi, Agence (June 12, 2015). "Pacioretty de nouveau papa". Le Journal de Montreal. Retrieved June 13, 2015.
- Dave Stubbs (October 17, 2011). "Giving back to the community". The Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- Sean Gordon (October 28, 2011). "Hospital helped Canadiens' Pacioretty, now Max gives back". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 21, 2013.
- Cowen, Stu (January 25, 2017). "Stu Cowan: For Canadiens' Max Pacioretty hockey becomes family affair". Montreal Gazette. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
- Clinton, Jared (March 16, 2015). "MAX PACIORETTY HAS HIS OWN MCDONALD'S BURGER, THE 'MAX 67'". thehockeynews.com. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- Biographical information and career statistics from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
|Awards and achievements|
| Montreal Canadiens first round draft pick
| CCHA Rookie of the Year
| Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner
| Montreal Canadiens captain