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MONTREAL CANADIENS VS ST. LOUIS BLUES
Montreal Canadiens Maxim Lapierre (40) gets past St. Louis Blues Eric Brewer on his way to a goal in the first period at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on March 10, 2007. (UPI Photo/Bill Greenblatt)
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Maxim Lapierre (born March 29, 1985) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward currently playing for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League (NHL). Drafted out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), he was selected 61st overall in 2003 by the Montreal Canadiens. He spent parts of his first three professional seasons with the Canadiens' minor league affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL) before playing his first full NHL season in 2008–09. Lapierre spent five-and-a-half seasons in the Canadiens organization before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks in December 2010. Two months later, he was traded again to the Canucks. A checking forward, Lapierre is known as an agitator.

Lapierre was born in Saint-Léonard, Quebec, and grew up in Repentigny. Beginning to play hockey at age nine, Lapierre's midget team was based out of Cap-de-la-Madeleine, Quebec. One of his teammates, Jean-Francois Jacques, went on to play with him on the Hamilton Bulldogs, as well.

During the 2001–02 season, Lapierre made his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) debut with the Montreal Rocket, appearing in nine games, during which time he scored two goals. Playing in his first full QMJHL season in 2002–03, Lapierre 22 goals and 43 points over 72 games. He added four points in seven playoff games. Following his rookie year in the juniors, Lapierre was selected in the second round, 61st overall, of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. Following his draft, Lapierre was returned to junior early in the Canadiens' 2003 training camp. His QMJHL club had relocated to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, to become the PEI Rocket in 2003–04. Lapierre recorded a junior career-high 61 points over 67 games in his third season with the Rocket. Remaining in junior ranks for a fourth season in 2004–05, he recorded 52 points over 69 games.

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