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Popular role-playing forward Maxime Talbot was born on February 11, 1984 in Lemoyne, Quebec. The feisty 5-foot-11 two-way forward, who played for three different teams during his Quebec Major Junior Hockey League days, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the eighth round (234th overall) of the 2002 NHL Draft.

In Talbot's best junior season, he compiled 104 points (46 goals, 58 assists) and 130 penalty minutes for the Hull Olympiques in 69 regular season games. He then racked up 44 points (14 goals, 30 assists) in 22 playoff games in 2002-03 as Hull won the Quebec League championship and team captain Talbot won the Guy Lafleur Trophy as postseason MVP. Hull advanced to the Memorial Cup Final before losing to the Kelowna Rockets.

At the NHL level, Talbot played 704 games in the regular season (91 goals, 113 assists, 204 points, 495 penalty minutes) as well 84 games in the Stanley Cup playoffs (18 goals, 21 assists, 39 points, 101 penalty minutes). Able to play center or wing and to move around the lineup as needed, especially within the bottom-six forward group and on the penalty kill, Talbot proved to be a valuable and versatile player. He won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Penguins in 2008-09. In the first round, Talbot had a memorable fight with the Flyers' Dan Carcillo in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal that some credit turning the momentum of the game even though Carcillo significantly got the better of the bout and the Flyers held a 3-0 lead at the time with 15:39 left in the second period. In the seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cup Final against the Detroit Red Wings, Talbot scored both of the victorious Penguins' goals.

Disliked as a member of the archrival Pittsburgh Penguins, he quickly became a popular player in Philadelphia after signing with the Flyers as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2011.

 In his first season as a Flyer, Talbot unexpectedly scored a career-high 19 goals while serving as a penalty killing mainstay who could play wing or center as needed. The next season was curtailed by a broken left leg. Talbot spent two-plus seasons with the Flyers. On Oct. 31, 2013, the Flyers traded Talbot to the Colorado Avalanche in a one-for-one trade to reacquire Steve Downie.Talbot remained in the NHL into the 2015-16 season, playing for the Avalanche and the Boston Bruins after his departure from the Flyers. On May 16, 2016, Talbot signed a one-year contract to play in the Kontinental Hockey League with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl for the 2016-17 season.