McGill’s Mighty Max signs pro pact with AHL team in Norfolk


MONTREAL (ISN) – Maxime Langelier-Parent, a 24-year-old forward with the McGill University men’s hockey team, has signed a one-year contract, plus an option year, with the American Hockey League’s Norfolk Admirals, the top farm team of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound centre from Léry, Que., scored 12 goals – half of them shorthanded – and 18 points in 28 regular season games for the Redmen, who captured their first-ever CIS national championship on March 25. In 45 games overall, the speedy senior had a 16-16-32 record with 97 penalty minutes, two power-play goals, a school record six shorthanded markers, four game-winners and a hat-trick.

Langelier-Parent, an alternate captain who is expected to graduate this spring with a BA in economics, owns a lifetime mark of 47-70-117 and 316 PIMs in 174 games overall during his four seasons with McGill. He has also tallied a school record 11 shorthanded goals and 10 winning markers.

“It’s great news for our program and I’m very happy for Max as he is a hard-worker who has improved steadily over his career,” said Kelly Nobes, head coach of the Redmen. “He is one of the top skaters in CIS hockey and I expect him to have a solid pro career.”

Before playing for the Redmen, he toiled for three teams in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, with Victoriaville, St. John’s and Gatineau, posting a 5-6-11 record in 53 games between 2004 and 2006. He then played for College Français, the Longueuil-based club in the Quebec Jr. AAA league where he scored 24 goals and 59 points in 50 games.

Langelier-Parent, who didn’t miss a game this season despite being hampered by a groin injury during the 2012 playoffs, is expected to report to Norfolk after writing his final exams later this month. The Admirals are currently on a 22-game winning streak, the longest in AHL history.

He will become the 10th player produced by McGill to skate in the AHL, joining a list that includes David Urquhart, now playing in Europe after three seasons in the AHL (2008-11), Jean-Michel Daoust (2007-11), Daniel Jacob (2004-05), Greg Davis (2001-03), Mathieu Darche (2000-10), Pierre Gendron (1997-98), Jim Webster (1980-81), Danny Porteous (1947-50) and Johnny Peirson (1946-48). If Langelier-Parent gets called up to the big leagues, he would also become the 10th player out of McGill and the 160th Canadian university player to to skate in the NHL.

Christian J. Stewart
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