It’s been quite the career for former NHL pest Maxim Lapierre since heading overseas in 2015-16. The former Montreal Canadiens, Anaheim Ducks, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues and Pittsburgh Penguins forward left North American after 600+ games when he was unable to find an NHL contract in the summer of 2015, electing to sign with MODO of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). Since then, Lappiere has found a home with Lugano HC of the Swiss-A League, playing there the past two seasons.
Along the way, Lappiere has been up to his usual antics: agitating opposing players, declining invitations to fight and just generally being a reviled opponent. You know… the usual Max Lappiere stuff. Oh… and he managed to win an Olympic medal. Lappiere, you may recall, was part of Canada’s bronze medal winning 2018 Winter Olympic roster. Max Lappiere, Olympic champion. Crazy.
Well, with the 2018-19 Swiss season dawning it now seems Max has put away his medal and sportsmanship ways in favor of some familiar tricks. Check out this video of Lappiere nearly going at it with Mannheim Eagles forward David Wolf off ice in between periods of an early season exhibition match:
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Check out this rough translation of the altercation, courtesy of Swiss hockey publication Hockey News Schweiz:
There are two found! At the training match on Saturday against the Adler Mannheim in Will, Lugano slapstick Maxim Lapierre gets off the bench to Mannheim-Raubein David Wolf. Previously, both were sent off towards the end of the season in the final section of the ice. Fortunately, several people prevent a possible escalation of the situation, because with these two provocative players a proper brawl would have been the logical conclusion.
Uh… what? It’s tough to piece together, but judging by the video and the bit of broken English above Lappiere, who was surrounded by four or five other men, was pushed up against a wall by Wolf before the pair were finally separated. It’s worth noting that Wolf, a German native, has played three games of NHL action with the Calgary Flames during the 2014-15 season.
Ah... Max Lappiere. Getting into Swiss League hallway shouting matches and having strangers come to your aid. Somehow we expected nothing less.