MONTREAL - After two long months of forced rest, Maxim Lapierre’s ankle injury is a thing of the past and the speedy forward is all about making up for lost time. Lapierre has a one track mind these days, with just one thing filling out his summer schedule: training.
While he may not have had much time to soak up the sun and hit the links yet this summer, the Canadiens’ feisty No. 40 has no intention of wasting a single remaining second of his offseason. Not only will Lapierre be spending the next month in the gym and on the ice preparing for what lies ahead, but his intense training regime even includes a brief period of exile in the nation’s capital.
“I’m going to Ottawa for a month to train with Lorne Goldenberg, our new strength and conditioning coach,” explained Lapierre, who won’t be making the two and a half hour voyage solo. His good friend and fellow Habs forward, Guillaume Latendresse will be riding shotgun for the trek.
“Guillaume is coming with me and we’ve already rented an apartment there for the month. We’ll be working out hard and we’ll have someone helping us with our nutrition, just helping us in the final sprint heading into camp,” confided the 2008-09 Jacques Beauchamp award winner, given annually to the team’s unsung hero.
After enjoying a career year last season, notching 15 goals and 28 points, the young veteran is looking forward to setting the bar even higher for the coming campaign.
“At the start of last year, I didn’t really have a ton of confidence in myself and in my performance at the NHL level,” offered the Saint-Leonard native. “Over the course of the season, I found that confidence. This year, I’m going to start off strong, fully aware of what I’ve already accomplished as well as the challenges that still lie ahead for me.”
With expectations higher than ever for the break-out star, there’s no doubt that when it finally comes time to hit the ice with his teammates this September, Lapierre will be jacked up and ready for an encore performance. Vincent Cauchy is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Shauna Denis
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