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    Jacques Plante

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    Jacques Plante

    Plante as a member of the Quebec Citadelles, in one of his

    characteristic tuques.

    BornJanuary 17, 1929

    Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, PQ,CAN

    DiedFebruary 27, 1986 (aged 57)

    Geneva, SUI

    Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)

    Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)

    Position Goaltender

    Caught Left

    Played for

    Montreal Canadiens

    New York Rangers

    St. Louis Blues

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Boston Bruins

    Edmonton Oilers(WHA)

    Playing career 19521975

    Hall of Fame, 1978

    Joseph Jacques Omer Plante (January 17, 1929 February 27, 1986) was a Canadianprofessional ice hockeygoaltender. During a career lasting from 19471975, he was considered

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    to be one of the most important innovators in hockey. He played for the Montreal Canadiensfrom 1953 to 1963; during his tenure, the team won the Stanley Cup six times, including fiveconsecutive wins.

    Plante retired in 1965 but was persuaded to return to theNational Hockey Leagueto play for theexpansion St. Louis Blues in 1968. He was later traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1970 and

    to the Boston Bruins in 1973. He joined the World Hockey Association as coach and generalmanager for the Quebec Nordiques in 197374. He then played goal for the Edmonton Oilersin197475, ending his professional career with that team.

    Plante was the first NHL goaltender to wear a goaltender maskin regulation play on a regularbasis. He developed and tested many versions of the mask (including the forerunner of today'smask/helmet combination) with the assistance of other experts. Plante was the first goaltender toregularly play the puck outside his crease in support of his team's defencemen, and he ofteninstructed his teammates from behind the play. Plante was inducted into the Hockey Hall ofFame in 1978, was chosen as the goaltender of the Canadiens' "dream team" in 1985, and wasinducted into the Quebec Sports Pantheon in 1994. The Montreal Canadiens retired Plante's

    jersey, #1, the following year.

    Contents

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    1 Early life 2 Playing career

    o 2.1 Minor leagues

    o 2.2 Montreal Canadiens

    2.2.1 Masko 2.3 Trade to New York and first retirement

    o 2.4 Comeback to professional hockey

    3 Hockey analysis and coaching 4 Retirement and death 5 Legacy 6 Career statistics

    o 6.1 Regular season

    o 6.2 Post season

    7 Awards and honours 8 See also 9 Bibliography 10 References 11 Further reading

    12 External links

    [edit] Early life

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    Jacques Plante in the 1944 - 1945 season aged 15 or 16

    Plante was born on a farm near Mont Carmel, in Mauricie, Quebec, the first of 11 children bornto Palma and Xavier Plante.[1] The family moved toShawinigan Falls, where his father worked inone of the local factories. In 1932, Plante began to play hockey, skateless and with a tennis ball,using a goaltender's hockey stick his father had carved from a tree root.[2] When he was fiveyears old, Plante fell off a ladder and broke his hand. The fracture failed to heal properly andaffected his playing style during his early hockey career; he underwent successful correctivesurgery as an adult.[3][4] Plante suffered from asthma starting in early childhood. This preventedhim from skating for extended periods so he gravitated to playing goaltender. [5] As his playing

    progressed, Jacques received his first regulation goaltender's stick forChristmas of 1936.[1] His

    father made Plante's first pads by stuffing potato sacks and reinforcing them with wooden panels.[1]As a child, Plante played hockey outdoors in the bitterly cold Quebec winters. His mothertaught him how to knit his own tuques to protect him from the cold. Plante continued knittingand embroidering throughout his life and wore his hand-knitted tuques while playing and

    practicing until entering the National Hockey League (NHL).[1]

    Plante's first foray into organized ho