Maxime Talbot To Have Jersey Number Retired By Gatineau Olympiques
Philadelphia Flyers forward Maxime Talbot was bestowed a great honor this week when it was announced that his number 25 jersey was going to be retired by his former major junior hockey club, the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
New Glasgow's Colin White will have his jersey retired by the Gatineau Olympiques. Max Talbot and Martin Gelinas too.
— Willy Palov (@CH_WillyPalov) May 31, 2012
Talbot was originally drafted by the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies in the first round of the 2000 QMJHL draft prior to being traded at that year’s deadline to the Olympiques for future Edmonton Oilers forward, Alexander Giroux.
The trade ultimately favored the Olympiques.
After compiling a combined 97 points in his first two seasons, Talbot was named captain of the Olympiques for the 2002-03 season and recorded a major junior career-high 46 goals and 104 points in 69 games.
That was only the tip of the iceberg, as Talbot put up 44 points in the playoffs that year en route to a QMJHL Championship and a Guy Lafleur trophy as playoff MVP. In 2003-04, Talbot accomplished the feat for a second straight season, leading the Olympiques to another OMJHL title, another playoff scoring title and a second Guy Lafleur trophy.
When all was said and done, Talbot compiled 110 career goals and 299 points in 249 games over five seasons in the QMJHL.
Early Saturday morning, he expressed his excitement via his twitter account in regards to his jersey being retired by his old club.
I learned earlier that my jersey will be retired from the Hull/Gatineau Olympiques in the Q. Such and Honor. Proudest kid ever! #speachless
— Max Talbot (@Max25talbot) June 2, 2012
He will join the likes of Jean Poulin, Luc Robitaille, Sam Lang, Jose Theodore and Guy Rouleau in the retired number club.
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