Max Talbot has played for a lot of different NHL teams, but it’ll most likely be his time with the Pittsburgh Penguins - the team that drafted him and the team he played the most games for - that’ll be best remembered.
I mean, when you score two goals in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, you build up a certain amount of memorability.
And who assisted on one of those goals? None other than Evgeni Malkin. While Talbot’s NHL career appears to be over, Malkin’s is still going strong, but that doesn’t mean the two wouldn’t keep up with each other... or each other’s families, apparently.
Via TVA Sports (and Google Translate), it looks like Talbot’s team, Yaroslavl Lokomotiv, was passing through Malkin’s old stomping grounds of Magnitogorsk. So who was there to greet him, other than Geno’s dad?
"He was waiting for me on the edge of the rink and he gave me a big hug. It made me really happy to find it there,” said Talbot, joined from Ufa, Russia.
That’s awesome. That’s just the best. It’s great to hear they’re still keeping in touch!
Talbot, in his first season in the KHL, has 10 goals and 17 points in 33 games. He’s currently fourth in his team’s scoring; it looks like the move to Russia is going well so far.