MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens
General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of forward Guillaume Latendresse to a three-year contract (2006-07, 2007-08, 2008-09).
Guillaume Latendresse, 19, completed the 2005-06 season with 83 points in 51 games (43 goals, 40 assists) and 105 penalty minutes with the Drummondville Voltigeurs
, in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He established career highs in assists (43) and points (83). In three seasons in the QMJHL, the 6'2'', 229-pound left-winger totaled 210 points, including 96 goals, and 247 penalty minutes in 169 games. Latendresse also played in 11 career playoff games with the Voltigeurs, collecting nine goals and 15 points, as well as 15 penalty minutes.
In six pre-season games with the Canadiens in 2006-07, Latendresse has registered five points, including a team-high three goals.
Latendresse, a native of Ste-Catherine, Quebec, was the Canadiens' 2nd pick (2nd round), 45th overall, in 2005.