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Al Iafrate’s son signs with Colorado’s AHL affiliate

Mar 19, 2014, 3:03 PM EDT

The Lake Erie Monsters — AHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche — have signed OHL Kitchener d-man Max Iafrate to an amateur tryout deal, the club announced on Wednesday.

The son of longtime NHL defenseman Al Iafrate, Max has spent the last three years playing for the Rangers, racking up eight goals, 30 points and 124 PIM in 57 games this season while capturing the team’s top offensive defenseman award.

Prior to signing with Lake Erie, Iafrate had spent time in Washington’s and San Jose’s prospect development camps.

At 6-foot-2, 220 pounds, the younger Iafrate has a build similar to his dad, who was a four-time NHL All-Star. That said, Max appears to lack the blistering slapper… and the hair.

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  1. ibieiniid - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Al Iafrate was before his time… “his time” being a time where helmets are mandatory.

    MULL-OVER!

    • ibieiniid - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

      jk, he played when they were mandatory. my bad, my blunder.

  2. atodaso - Mar 19, 2014 at 3:40 PM

    They had a Top 10 Hockey Hair special on TSN a few days ago. So happy to see Al on that list

  3. terrier92 - Mar 19, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Al Iafrate was an absolute beast Saw him when with bruins at the end of his career and when his knees allowed he was dominate. Have been season ticket holder since 1977 and his goal against Habs in I think 92 was as spectacular as I ever saw. Habs dumped into corner he retrieved it, circled net came up boards Habs forward had beeline hit lined up on him as he left zone, al just blew through the guy picked up steam crossed offensive blue line and blistered Slapshot past Roy. One of the few times a guy brought me to my feet it was as amazing a play as I’ve ever seen. Shame his knees didn’t hold up loved the guy.

  4. 7mantel - Mar 19, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    When I hear the name Al Iafrate I think of a Ranger /Caps game at MSG and he was checked into the stanchion by the Caps bench .At that time they were not padded ,you could hear it up in blue seats ! I think he bent it !

  5. stcrowe - Mar 19, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Al Iafrate had the skills and body to be a Hall of Famer. However, he realized he had enough talent to coast along at a decent level and never took his game seriously enough.

    I saw Max Iafrate play for Kitchener. He doesn’t have his father’s talent, but he works harder, and has pretty good hockey sense.

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