2014 Winter Olympics US Men's Hockey Player Profile: Max Pacioretty

By Greg Higgins
Max Pacioretty
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We’ve reached that time once again where the NHL is about to take a two-week hiatus from their normal schedule. The regular schedule will be interrupted as some of the players make the trek to Sochi, Russia for the Winter Olympics. This includes a number of players that will represent the USA, as they play for the gold medal.

One of those players is Montreal Canadiens Left Winger Max Pacioretty. Pacioretty, a 25-year-old from New Caanan, Connecticut, will try to help the Olympic team finish what it couldn’t do four years ago. During those Olympic games, the US team lost to the Canadian team in the Gold Medal game.

Pacioretty played hockey at the University of Michigan before signing with the Canadiens in July of 2008. Pacioretty made his NHL debut on Jan. 2, 2009 against the New Jersey Devils. Even though his team lost 4-1, Pacioretty scored the only goal of the game and it came on his first shot.

Perhaps, the incident that Pacioretty is most known for is being the victim of a vicious hit from Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins. The hit left Pacioretty motionless on the ice for several minutes and it resulted in a concussion and a fractured vertebrae. He made it back in time to start the 2011-12 season and played in 79 games for Montreal.

So far this season, he has played in 48 games and has registered 23 goals and 11 assists. This is his first shot at Olympic gold and the US team will be looking for the same scoring output he brings to the Canadiens each and every game.

Greg Higgins is an Olympic Hockey writer for rantsports. Follow him on Twitter.

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