2002-03:Made major junior debut with Val-d’ Or in the QMJHL. Played the entire season and finished 11th in team scoring. Also saw post-season action with the Foreurs.
2003-04:Returned for second year and ended leading the Foreurs in scoring during the regular season. Led the team in assists (46). Ranked second overall in post season scoring.
2004-05:Continued to progress and turn in another good season for a weaker Foreurs squad. Led the team in scoring. Also led the team in goals and assists.
2005-06: Played his final season as overager with Val-d’ Or. Turned in an all-star performance, leading the Foreurs in overall scoring for the third consecutive season. He also led the team in goals and assists for the second straight year. His effort landed the Foreurs back in the playoffs, where he again led the team in scoring during the post season.
2006-07: Made professional debut with the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL.Things didn’t go well for pivot. Making a minimal impact, he was jettisoned off to the Roadrunners for the majority of the year.
Olivier is also the older brother of Guillaume Latendresse, who is a prospect of the Montreal Canadiens.
2007-08: Latendresse proved to be a journeyman this season, playing for three different clubs in three separate leagues. He started the season with the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), recording three points in seven appearances. Next with traveled to Arizona (CHL), where he netted 22 goals and 30 assists in 37 games with the club. Finishing the season with Cincinnati (ECHL), he recorded 35 points (7+28) in 24 regular season games, and an additional 19 points (7+12) in the postseason. He was traded to Montreal by Phoenix for Cory Urquhart on Apr. 7, 2008.
Olivier Latendresse's game progressed steadily over four seasons with the Val-d' Or Foreurs in the QMJHL. In each of those four seasons, he grew on many fronts. While improving his two-way play, Latendresse turned himself into a feisty centerman who's offensive game progressed because of the attention and focus defending his own end first.
The Quebec native is a solid skater and a good stickhandler. He has a great stride and skates with finesse. Standing at 5'10, he is the biggest player but, he makes up for that with his skill and persistence. Latendresse doesn't take shifts off, he works very hard and is very reliable. He is a good two-way player who is positionally sound at both ends of the ice. He works hard down low and puts himself in position to create more scoring chances. On the opposite end of the ice, he attacks the rush and will break up an opposition cycle. He works hard at getting himself in between the net and the puck and will get physical.