Born February 11, 1984 (age 27) in LeMoyne, Quebec, Canada
Center/winger for the Philadelphia Flyers
Max Talbot has been the talk of the town lately because of his surprising trade from the Penguins to the cross-state rival Flyers, but let’s learn more about the man behind the trade. For example: he is the youngest of three brothers (Will and Frank are his siblings), his dad Serge works in construction and his mom Lucie is a high school teacher! Talbot started out playing in the QMJHL, first for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies and then for the Hull Olympiques (later the Gatineau Olympiques), starting in 2000. He was named captain of the Olympiques in 2002. His major junior career was studded with achievements: leading the league in scoring in 2002-03, two consecutive championships, playoff MVP both years. He moved up to the AHL during the NHL’s lockout year, going to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the Baby Penguins. During this year, his production was so impressive that once the NHL was back in business, he made the Penguins’ opening roster, though he did bounce back and forth between the NHL and AHL for two years. He did consistently well enough to impress Pittsburgh, so in 2008 he signed an extension that went on to 2010-11. In 2009, he scored both of the games during the seventh decisive game to give Pittsburgh the Stanley Cup.
Talbot is known for having a notable personality. In a December 2007 prank, he donned Sidney Crosby’s jersey during an optional practice, drawing huge cheers before people realized that wasn’t the real Crosby. He’s done ads for places like Valley Pool and Spa and Pittsburgh A&L Motor Sales, earning him the nickname Superstar. When promoting the 2011 Winter Classic, he referred to Capitals captain Alexander Ovechkin as “a real douche.” Ouch! Plus, there’s that photo of him mooning the camera…Anyway! Last season he played 82 games, scored 8 goals, got 13 assists and spent just over an hour in the sin bin in the regulars. In the playoffs, he played 7 games, scored a goal, got 3 assists and had 14 penalty minutes. On July 1, he signed a five-year contract with the Flyers, so good luck to him there next season!