Getting to Know: Max Talbot

The first-year Avalanche player won a Stanley Cup with Pittsburgh in 2009

Friday, 01.17.2014 / 11:31 AM
Ryan Simmons

Maxime Talbot was an eighth-round pick in the 2002 NHL Draft, 234th overall to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He made his NHL debut in the 2005-2006 season against the New Jersey Devils. Talbot was a member of the 2009 Stanley Cup winning Penguins team, his two-goal effort in the deciding game made him a fan favorite. He signed a five-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers during the 2011 offseason. Talbot joined the Avalanche in a trade with the Flyers on Oct. 31, 2014. He has been a pivotal part of the Avalanche’s improved penalty-kill unit.

Do you have a favorite pre-game meal?

“Everything that my fiancé makes me, usually chicken, quinoa, and a kale salad.”

Do you have any superstitions on game-days?

“Just a routine. It’s about dressing up from the right to the left and there are a couple things on the ice that just became normal for me, but I guess you can call them superstitions.”

Who was your favorite player growing up and why?

Patrick Roy. [Laughs] When I was in Pittsburgh I used to say Mario Lemieux, but no I’d probably say Mario Lemieux, I loved watching him, great player- great man.”

When you’re not on the ice, what do you do for entertainment?

“I like to go to the movies, I like to watch different movies and TV shows, relax.”

When you were traded to the Avalanche it was the first time you had been traded in your NHL career, can you describe that experience?

“A little bit overwhelming to start, you get the phone call and then three hours later you need to be at the airport to meet the team in a new city. Your fiancé is back home seven-months pregnant and she’s got to pack the house, sell the house, but after a week or two being with a new team the routine comes back to normal and you can adjust quite easily.”

How do you like Denver?

“I’ve been loving it, everything about it, I love the scenery, the mountains, the altitude, love the building and love this team.”

Your fiancé, Cynthia Phanuef, is a recently retired figure skater, who’s better on skates?

“She is by far. We are expecting a kid right now, and I’ll tell you I won’t be the one teaching.”

How did you two meet?

“Through a common friend, a common message therapist which is a friend of ours and we just went for a drink one night.”

How did you spend your day with the Stanley Cup?

“July 31, 2009 one of the best days of my life, it was great. It was a quick 24 hours, but in the morning I had a 300 people brunch, family and friends, in the afternoon we did a big parade in my hometown, [LeMoyne, Quebec] we had 10,000 people, raised about $15,000 for Children’s Wish Foundation. Spent some time with the family later that night, then during the night we had a 400 people private party with old coaches, a couple bands playing it was a good time.

You have always been a strong part of your team’s penalty killing lineups, is that an aspect of your game that you try to focus on?

“Well you have to, you have to focus on that when you’re being called for. It’s an important aspect of the game, we always say that special teams will win some games, and championships so if you can always be plus-1, plus-2 in the special teams it’s huge. It’s not just having a good power play, you need a good PK.”

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