Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Texas Stars Maxime Fortunus one of a few black players in pro hockey

In this first season in Central Texas, Maxime Fortunus has pulled any number of gags on teammates. He's removed every item from a player's hotel room — blankets, towels, pillows, telephone — and left only the toilet paper.

He's deposited street clothes in the cold tub. He's thoughtfully applied super-hot topical gels in teammates' boxers.

He's got his serious side as well.

He helped raise $22,000 for earthquake victims in his parents' homeland of Haiti.

He loves being a father to his 3-year-old son, Malik, and has a longtime girlfriend, Marie Josee. And he remains committed to making it in the NHL, no matter the wait.

"It's just opportunity and timing," Jerrard said. "Max quietly does his job, night in and night out. He's very reliable and consistent."

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