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Born May 24, 1987 (1987-05-24) (age 22),
Sainte-Catherine, QC, CAN
Height
Weight
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
225 lb (102 kg; 16 st 1 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
F. teams
Minnesota Wild
Montreal Canadiens
Ntl. team  Canada
NHL Draft 45th overall, 2005
Montreal Canadiens
Career 2006 – present

Guillaume Latendresse (born May 24, 1987, in Sainte-Catherine, Québec) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He currently plays at the forward position for the Minnesota Wild. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, 2nd round (45th overall).

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Playing career

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Junior

Latendresse, a power forward, was the 2nd overall choice in 2003 QMJHL's entry draft by the Drummondville Voltigeurs, just after Sidney Crosby. He played three seasons with the Voltigeurs. Latendresse went to the Montreal Canadiens' training camp in 2005. The Canadiens returned him to the Voltigeurs. He made the Canadian World Junior team that won the gold medal in 2005 but head coach Brent Sutter felt that Latendresse was always on his own page and he had him benched for most of the tournament. Latendresse tried out several times, again for the 2006 World Junior Team, but he was cut due to a concussion he sustained after being elbowed in the head by Steve Downie, a Canadian junior player.

NHL

Latendresse's training camp in 2006 prompted Canadiens' coach Guy Carbonneau to give the 19-year-old a roster spot on September 29, and General Manager Bob Gainey made Carbonneau's decision official by signing Latendresse to a three-year deal worth $850,000 US per year - the NHL rookie maximum.

Latendresse was given the number 84 to wear on his jersey prior to the start of his first season. While unaware of its significance, he became the first player in the NHL to ever wear number 84. Which was the last remaining number to ever be worn.[1]

After Chris Higgins suffered an ankle injury, Latendresse was bumped up to the first line. On November 7, 2006, during his first game on the Canadiens' top line, Latendresse tapped in a rebound past Dwayne Roloson to record his first career NHL goal against the Edmonton Oilers, 1:04 into the third period.

At a press conference after the game in which he scored his first NHL goal against the Edmonton Oilers, Guillaume was asked about the comments of former Canadiens goalie and Hall of Famer Patrick Roy. Just a few weeks earlier, Roy had said he thinks the only reason 19-year-old rookie Latendresse remains with the Canadiens is because he's a francophone, suggesting if he was named Smith or Brown he'd be back in Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). Guillaume talked briefly about it. '"It's me who's supposed to be 19, not him," said Latendresse. "I will act like a man. I'll leave it to him to act like a child. I don't know why he's acting like that. I've never spoken to him. He should be delighted by the success of young Québecers in the NHL instead of making stupid comments."

Widely considered as a tribute to Guy Lafleur, the crowd at the Bell Centre will often chant "Guy! Guy!" when Latendresse handles the puck during Canadiens games.

In 2005, Latendresse posed topless for Montreal's gay magazine “La Voix du Village” (the Voice of the Village), creating a mild controversy and raising questions about his sexual orientation at the time.[2]

On November 23, 2009, he was traded to the Minnesota Wild for Benoît Pouliot. In his first twenty games in a Wild sweater, he scored ten goals, far surpassing his goal per game rates in Montreal.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2003–04 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 53 24 25 49 66
2004–05 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 65 29 49 78 76 6 6 4 10 7
2005–06 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 51 43 40 83 105 5 3 2 5 8
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 16 13 29 47
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 16 11 27 41 8 0 1 1 19
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 56 14 12 26 45 4 0 0 0 12
NHL totals 209 46 36 82 133 12 0 1 1 31

Personal life

His older brother, Olivier, plays for the Manitoba Moose and is a draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes. On February 18, 2008, Olivier was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens.

Has a child, Hayden with his former girlfriend

He is now dating pop star Annie Villeneuve

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