Latendresse began his career in the QMJHL (junior league) as the Drummondville Voltigeurs' 2nd overall choice in the 2003 entry draft (Sidney Crosby going 1st overall that year). That same year (2003-2004) he was named to the QMJHL All-Rookie team. In 2005, he was a part of the Canadian World Juniors team to win a gold medal; however, head coach Brent Sutter had him benched for the majority of the tournament - that happened to be his one and only experience with the Canadian World Juniors as a concussion sidelined him after trying out in 2006.
He was later Montreal's 2nd pick in the 2005 Entry Draft (45th overall) and made the roster after the Canadiens 2006 training camp. They signed him to a three-year deal at $850,00 per year which is the NHL's maximum salary for a rookie. He had an amazing rookie season according to the following stats: led all NHL rookies with 164 hits, was ranked 8th among NHL rookies in power play goals (5) and game-winning goals (3), ranked 9th among NHL rookies in goals (16) and shooting efficiency (13.2%), ranked 10th among NHL rookies in shots on goal (121), and ranked 11th among NHL rookies in points (29).
Latendresse wears number 84 which Montreal assigned to him shortly after making the team. The significance of this number is the fact that he was the FIRST NHL player ever to wear the number and it was the NHL's last unworn number prior to his assignment of it.
Um, just look at him (YUM!)!! He's an agressive, hard-hitting forward that uses his size to his advantage (6'2, 230 pounds) illustrated by the number of hits during his rookie season (164).
His nicknames include Gui, Guimauve, and Let's Undress (could you guess that the last one is my favorite?! I think it's appropriate not only because it sounds like his last name, but also because that's what you think when you look at him!)!!
A mature man can be quite attractive especially when he can defend himself without lowering to another's childish level. I've read some things that make me believe, not unlike Sidney, he's mature beyond his years. During Latendresse's rookie year, Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy made a statement about the reason he believed Latendresse remained a Canadien as a 19 y/o rookie was because he was a francophone (a noun often used to describe a natively French-speaking individual / Canadian; refers to people whose cultural background is primarily associated with French language, regardless of ethnic and geographical differences). When he was asked about it during a press conference a few weeks later, he responded by stating
'"It's me who's supposed to be 19, not him," said Latendresse. "I will act like a man. I'll leave it to him to act like a child. I don't know why he's acting like that. I've never spoken to him. He should be delighted by the success of young Québecers in the NHL instead of making stupid comments."
In case you're interested in little Ms. Villeneuve, I posted a picture underneath the former happy couple (and read more about the NEW couple HERE).
Although his sexuality was the center of controversy in 2005 and questioned by some after he (supposedly was tricked into) posing topless for a gay Montreal magazine (“La Voix du Village” (the Voice of the Village)), I have to say it doesn't interfere with his hotness factor by any means. What do you think??