2008-09: Maxim Lamarche returned to Laval-Bourassa Rousseau for his second season in Quebec midget AAA hockey. In 44 regular season games he scored 6 goals with 21 assists and had 36 penalty minutes. Laval-Bourassa dominated the provincial playoffs, sweeping Trois-Rivieres in the finals to reach the Telus Cup. Lamarche scored 1 goal with 13 assists and had 6 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. Laval-Bourassa defeated the Winnipeg Thrashers in the bronze medal game at the 2009 Telus Cup. Lamarche was selected by Victoriaville in the third round (45th overall) of the 2009 QMJHL Entry Draft.
2009-10: Lamarche began his QMJHL career with Victoriaville, skating in 33 games with the Tigres before being obtained by Baie-Comeau in a January trade. Lamarche scored 3 goals with 10 assists playing for the Tigres, one of the league’s top teams, but saw increased ice time with the last-place Drakkar following the trade. In 62 games between the two teams he scored 6 goals with 11 assists and was -6 with 41 penalty minutes.
2010-11:Lamarche was the fourth-leading scorer for Baie-Comeau from his defense spot in his first full season with the Drakkar. He scored 4 goals with 24 assists and was -40 with 98 penalty minutes. Baie-Comeau had the second-worst record in the QMJHL; finishing last in the re-aligned East Division.
2011-12: Lamarche played 68 games for Baie-Comeau in his third QMJHL season. He scored 4 goals with 21 assists and was -12 with 67 penalty minutes. The Drakkar reached the playoffs despite finishing last in the East Division and advanced to the second round after sweeping second-place Victoriaville. Lamarche had 4 assists and was -5 with 12 penalty minutes in eight playoff games.
2012-13: Lamarche returned to Baie-Comeau for an over-age season and was the leading scorer amongst defensemen for the East Division champions. In 55 games he scored 9 goals with 34 assists and was+31 with 63 penalty minutes. Led by high-flying forwards Petr Straka (Philadelphia), Valentin Zykov (Los Angeles) and Raphael Bussieres (Minnesota), the Drakkar reached the QMJHL finals against Memorial Cup champion Halifax. Lamarche scored 3 goals with 8 assists and was +15 with 28 penalty minutes in 19 playoff games. He signed a three-year entry-level contract with Philadelphia in May of 2013.
2013-14: Lamarche appeared in 12 games with Flyers AHL affiliate Adirondack in his first pro season — spending most of the season with the ECHL’s Elmira Jackals. Lamarche made his AHL debut in a three-game stint with the Phantoms at the end of December and rejoined them for six games in March and three more contests in April. He had 1 assist and was minus-2 with 7 penalty minutes during his time with Adirondack. The Phantoms missed the playoffs; finishing fourth in the Northeast Division. Lamarche scored 3 goals with 5 assists and was plus-2 with 38 penalty minutes in 50 ECHL games with the Jackals. Elmira finished last in the Atlantic Division; missing the ECHL playoffs.
2014-15: Lamarche appeared in seven games with Flyers’ AHL affiliate Lehigh Valley and spent the bulk of his second pro season with the ECHL’s Reading Royals. He had 1 assist and an even plus/minus with 4 penalty minutes in his time with the Phantoms. Lamarche scored 9 goals with 23 assists and was +24 with 56 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games for Reading. The Royals finished third in the East Division, falling to South Carolina in a first-round playoff series. Lamarche scored 1 goal with 2 assists and was -1 with 16 penalty minutes in seven playoff games.
2015-16: Lamarche played in a career-high 29 AHL games with Lehigh Valley in his third pro season, splitting the year between the Phantoms and the ECHL’s Reading Royals. He scored 1 goal with 5 assists and was -4 with 21 penalty minutes with Lehigh Valley. Lamarche scored 5 goals with 7 assists and was +15 with 40 penalty minutes in 27 regular season games with the Royals. Reading finished second in the East Division, facing Toledo in a first-round playoff series.
An offensive defenseman, Lamarche has yet to show the same type of offensive production at the minor pro level that he did for Baie-Comeau in major junior. He has improved his defensive play, but will most likely be a career minor leaguer.
Lamarche has spent the bulk of his three year professional career in the ECHL — appearing in 29 AHL games with Flyers' affiliate Lehigh Valley in 2015-16. A consistent offensive threat at the ECHL level, Lamarche was signed when the Flyers had a dearth of defenseman prospects in the pipeline. With several talented high-level prospects now in the organization, it is unlikely he is tendered a qualifying offer when his original entry-level deal expires.