Pacioretty’s stint with Swiss team cut short by minor injuries
Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty’s stint with Swiss club HC Ambri Piotta has been cut short by nagging minor injuries.
According to his agent Alec Schall, Pacioretty has decided to recover from minor injuries in the United States rather in Switzerland. He is scheduled to fly to Connecticut Wednesday.
“He had a couple nagging injuries — nothing that would keep him out of NHL games,” Schall told ESPN. “It was not an ideal environment for therapy and workouts. We just decided it would be best to come home and do therapy and good workouts.”
There were reports that the conditions were not ideal for Pacioretty’s development. He lived far away from the team’s rink and their strength-training facilities were not equipped enough to meet his conditioning needs.
In five games with the team, he recorded one goal, four penalties and registered 22 shots on goal.
Schall said Pacioretty will work with personal trainer Ben Prentiss in Connecticut before joining informal workouts in Montreal in preparation for the 2012-2013 NHL season.
The 23-year-old Pacioretty scored a career-high 33 goals last season for the Canadiens, who rewarded him with a six-year contract extension worth $27 million.