Flyers Sign Maxie Ouellet
Saturday, September 13, 2000
The Philadelphia Flyers today signed 6-2, 195-pound goaltender Maxime Ouellet (pronounced wuh-LET) to a three-year contract, announced President and General Manager Bob Clarke. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
"We believe that Maxime is probably the best goaltending prospect in the world right now," said Clarke. "He's certainly the top one in Canada and we think he's going to be a top National Hockey League goaltender. We wanted to get him signed because if we didn't (this year), he would go back into the draft."
Ouellet was 31-16-4 with a 2.67 GAA last season for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The native of Beauport, Quebec, was originally drafted by the Flyers in the first round (22nd overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. Ouellet and Flyers center Simon Gagne were teammates with Quebec during the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons.
According to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, if Ouellet, 19, plays professionally this season, he must be carried on an NHL roster or be returned to his junior team in Quebec. He cannot be assigned to the Philadelphia Phantoms, the Flyers' American Hockey League affiliate.
Maxime Ouellet's Career Statistics
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