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October 2018

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62 THE WOLVERINE OCTOBER 2018 BY AUSTIN FOX O n Sept. 9, the Montreal Cana- diens traded former U-M icer left wing Max Pacioretty to the Vegas Golden Knights for forward Tomas Tatar, prospect Nick Suzuki and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft. A day after being swapped, Vegas signed the 29-year old to a four-year, $28 million contract, after he racked up 37 points — 20 assists, 17 goals — in 64 contests with Montreal last season. He missed the final 18 games with a knee injury. Prior to last year, though, Pacio- retty had put together four straight campaigns of 60 or more points, in- cluding a career-high 39-goal show- ing in 2013-14. In his 10 years with Montreal, he produced 448 points (226 goals and 222 assists). The Canadiens had been looking to trade the former Wolverine for the past year, especially after he an- nounced he would not negotiate a contract extension during the season. As a result, his trade seemed im- minent, and Vegas general manager George McPhee admitted his club had been interested in Pacioretty for a while. "It took a couple of months, and it was ongoing," he revealed after the swap, per "There was sometimes a lot of talk, and some- times it was quiet. "Things picked up in the last three or four days [before the trade]." Pacioretty impressed in his pre- season debut with the Golden Knights, tallying a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win over the Arizona Coy- otes Sept. 16. The MLB RYAN LAMARRE ACHIEVES SPECIAL CAREER FIRST The first home run of Ryan La- Marre's MLB career proved to be special in more ways than one. His 387-foot shot put the Chicago White Sox on top of the Detroit Tigers en route to a 6-3 victory Aug. 14. La- Marre was born in Royal Oak, Mich., and grew up rooting for the Tigers, so it was a special moment for him. "To do it here and in Detroit was something I feel like you couldn't dream up," LaMarre told The Chicago Tribune. LaMarre's wife, Whitney, his par- ents and grandparents, and several other relatives and friends were all on hand in the stands to watch him play. Amazingly, his uncle was the one who ended up with his home run ball. "I don't think anyone in the dug- out knew it was my first homer, so when [pitching coach Don Cooper] found out about it, he called the bull- pen to get that ball," LaMarre told The Tribune. "It was my uncle, he al- ready had it. "He was sitting up there. I don't know if he caught it on the fly or on the bounce, but he wouldn't give it back. He was bringing it over to my parents." The 29-year old outfielder hit his second dinger in a 4-1 win over the New York Yankees Aug. 29, capping a 3-for-4 performance that also in- cluded two doubles and a personal- best four RBI. FORMER WOLVERINES ON MLB ROSTERS Through Sept. 17 • Rich Hill (Played at U-M from 2000-02), SP, Los Angeles Dodgers: Has posted a 9-5 record and 4.02 ERA in 118 2 ⁄3 innings pitched over 22 starts and one relief appearance … Strung to- gether an incredible August, compiling a 3.15 ERA in 34 1 ⁄3 frames, but had fallen off considerably in September with a 6.75 ERA in three starts. • Ryan LaMarre (2008-11), OF, Chicago White Sox: Has been a wel- come addition to the club since being claimed off waivers from the Minne- sota Twins July 9, hitting .294 with two home runs and seven RBI in 26 games with Chicago … For the season, was batting. 273 with two homers and 15 Pacioretty signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Golden Knights after being dealt by Montreal. He tallied 448 points (226 goals and 222 assists) in his 10 years with the Canadiens. PHOTO BY DAVID BECKER/VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS   MICHIGAN IN THE PROS Max Pacioretty Cashes In With Trade To Vegas

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