MONTREAL – When you make a living outworking your opponents, summer vacation doesn’t tend to last very long.
Right after helping his hometown Habs reach the Eastern Conference Final for the first time in 17 years, Maxim Lapierre hit the beach for some well-deserved R&R. A week later, he was back in the gym working harder than ever.
“I went to Cancun with four of my friends right when the season ended but that’s about it as far as trips go,” explained the 25-year-old forward. “I also went to New York City for three days with my buddies, which was a lot of fun and then I just enjoyed being in Montreal after the playoffs for a few days but then it was back to training.”
Dishing out a team-high 164 hits in the regular season and following it up by leading the way with 49 hits in the playoffs, Lapierre never shies away from punishing his body for the greater good. And the feisty forward is only adding more tricks up his sleeve this offseason.
“I’ve actually been training with [former Canadiens strength and conditioning coach] Scott Livingston at his studio all summer,” described the Saint-Leonard native. “We do all the normal stuff like power weights and everything, but I’ve also been doing some boxing with a trainer and I have a cycling coach who pushes me through different sprints and programs on this new program called PowerWatts on the bike.”
A far cry from last August when he was still recovering from ankle surgery at this time of year, Lapierre is spending the dog days of summer perfecting his technique and preparing for the season this time around.
“I got back on the ice a while ago, skating and practicing with some other guys who are in town,” said Lapierre. “It’s really nice to get out there and get the legs going – as much as you train, nothing
trains you to skate like actually skating. My ankle is healed 100% now, I’m feeling great and I’m just really excited for the season to get going.” Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com.See also2011 Heritage ClassicMy Essentials: PK Subban The new guy No. 35 is back!