Google pays Tribute to Joseph Jacques Plante who was a Canadian professional Ice-hockey Goaltender and a coach. He born  January 17, 1929 in Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel, Quebec – Died February 27, 1986 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Joseph Jacques Omer Plante
Jacques Plante 1957 Montreal Canadiens
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Start of The Jacques Plante in Ice-hockey

Plante started to play Hockey, skateless and with a tennis ball, utilizing a goaltender‘s Hockey stick his dad had cut from a tree root. When he was five years of age, Plante tumbled off a stepping stool and broke his hand. The crack neglected to mend legitimately and influenced his playing style amid his initial Hockey profession; he experienced fruitful restorative medical procedure as a grown-up.

As his playing advanced, Jacques got his first control goaltender’s stick for Christmas of 1936. His dad made Plante’s first cushions by stuffing potato sacks and strengthening them with wooden boards. As a youngster, Plante played Hockey outside in the harshly cool Quebec winters. His mom showed him how to sew his own tuques to shield him from the virus. Plante kept weaving and weaving for an amazing duration and wore his hand-sewed tuques while playing and rehearsing until entering the National Hockey League/NHL.

First Raid into Hockey

Plante’s first raid into sorted out Hockey came at age 12. He was watching his school’s group practice, when the mentor requested the goaltender off the ice after a warmed contention over his play, and Plante requested to supplant him.

The Coach  allowed him to play since there was no other accessible goaltender; it was rapidly evident that Plante could stand his ground, notwithstanding alternate players being numerous years more established than he was. He awed the mentor and remained on as the group’s main goaltender.

After two years, Plante was playing for five unique groups – the nearby industrial facility group, and groups in the dwarf, adolescent, junior and middle of the road classifications.

Start of A Professional hockey player 

Jacques Plante chose to request a pay from the industrial facility group’s coach after his dad revealed to him that alternate players were being paid in light of the fact that they were organization workers. The coach paid Plante 50 pennies for each amusement to hold him and keep up the group’s ubiquity. Thereafter, Plante started to get different offers from different groups; he was offered $80 every week—an extensive entirety back then—to play for a group in England, and a comparative offer to play for the Providence Reds of the American Hockey League.

Completion of Study

Plante left them behind in light of the fact that his folks needed him to complete secondary school. He graduated with best distinctions in 1947. Upon graduation, he accepted a position as an agent in a Shawinigan processing plant. Half a month later, the Quebec Citadelles offered Plante $85 every week to play for them; he acknowledged, denoting the start of his expert vocation.

Jacques joined the Quebec Citadelles in 1947. It was while playing for the Citadelles that Plante began to play the puck outside his wrinkle. He built up this method when he perceived that the group’s protection was performing inadequately.

Fans observed Plante’s unusual playing style to energize, however it irritated his directors. They trusted that a goaltender should remain in net and let his players recuperate the puck Plante had arrived at the resolution that as long as he was responsible for the puck, the rivals couldn’t shoot it at him – this is presently standard practice for goaltenders.

A similar season, the Citadelles beat the Montreal Junior Canadiens in the alliance finals, with Plante being named most profitable player in his group. The Montreal Canadiens’ general supervisor, Frank J. Selke, wound up keen on getting Plante as an individual from the group. In 1948, Plante got a solicitation to the Canadiens’ preparation camp. On August 17, 1949, Selke offered Plante an agreement with the Canadiens’ association.

Plante played for Montreal’s affiliate Royal Montreal Hockey Club / Montreal Royals, earning $4,500 for the season, and an extra $500 for practicing with the Canadiens.
A four-year apprenticeship with the Montreal Royals in Quebec Senior Hockey League and two years with the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League, Plante quickly emerged as Montreal’s goalie of the future.

In January 1953, Plante was called up to play for the Canadiens. Bill Durnan, the goaltender who played for Montreal when Plante first began, had retired, and Gerry McNeil—their top goaltender—had fractured his jaw. Jacques Plante played for three games, but in that short time, he generated controversy.

Coach Dick Irvin, Sr. did not wish his players to stand out by any addition to their regular uniforms. Plante always wore one of his tuques while playing Hockey, and after an argument with Irvin, all of Plante’s tuques had vanished from the Montreal locker room. Even without his good luck charm, Plante gave up only four goals in the three games he played, all of them wins.

Later during the 1952–53 NHL season, Plante played in the playoffs against the Chicago Black Hawks. He won his first playoff game with a shutout. Montreal won that series and eventually the Stanley Cup. Plante’s name was engraved on the Cup for the first time.

By the end of the 1953–54 NHL season, Plante was well-entrenched within the NHL. In the spring of 1954, he underwent surgery to correct his left hand, which he had broken in his childhood. He could not move the hand well enough to catch high shots and compensated by using the rest of his body. The operation was successful.
On February 12, 1954, Plante was called up to the Canadiens and established himself as their starting goaltender – he did not return to the minor leagues for many years. Plante was the Canadiens’ number one goaltender at the beginning of the 1954–55 NHL season.

For the 1955–56 season, Plante was the unchallenged starting goaltender of the Canadiens; Gerry McNeil had not played the previous season and was sent to the Montreal Royals. Charlie Hodge, Plante’s backup the previous season, was sent to a Canadiens’ farm team in Seattle. Later that season, Montreal won the Stanley Cup—the first of what would be five consecutive Stanley Cup championship seasons, and five consecutive Vezina Trophy wins, records that have yet to be equaled.
The next season, Plante missed most of November because of chronic bronchitis, a consequence of the asthma that had affected him since childhood.

During the 1957–58 NHL season, the Canadiens won their third straight Stanley Cup despite injuries to Plante and other members of the team. Plante’s asthma was getting worse. He sustained a concussion with just a few weeks left in the season and missed three games of the playoffs. In the sixth game of the Stanley Cup finals, Plante’s asthma was making him dizzy, and he was having difficulty concentrating; he collapsed at the end of the game after teammate Doug Harvey scored the series-winning goal. The Canadiens went on to win the Stanley Cup again at the close of the 1958–59 season.
During the 1959–60 NHL season, Plante wore a goaltender mask for the first time in a regular season game. Although Plante had used his mask in practice since 1956 after missing 13 games because of sinusitis, head coach Toe Blake did not permit him to wear it during regulation play. However, on November 1, 1959, Plante’s nose was broken when he was hit by a shot fired by Andy Bathgate three minutes into a game against the New York Rangers, and he was taken to the dressing room for stitches.

Plante’s Return After Injury 

When he returned, he was wearing the rough home-made goaltender cover that he had been utilizing in practices. Blake was enraged, however he had no other goaltender to call upon and Plante declined to come back to the objective except if he wore the veil. Blake conceded to the condition that Plante dispose of the veil when the cut mended.

The Canadiens won 3– 1. Amid the next days Plante declined to dispose of the cover, and as the Canadiens kept on winning, Blake was less vocal about it. The unbeaten streak extended to 18 diversions. Plante did not wear the cover, at Blake’s ask for, against Detroit on March 8, 1960; the Canadiens lost 3– 0, and the veil returned for good the following night. That year the Canadiens won their fifth straight Stanley Cup, which was Plante’s last.

Plante along these lines planned his very own and other goaltenders’ covers. He was not the first NHL goaltender known to wear a face cover. Montreal Maroons’ Clint Benedict wore an unrefined calfskin form in 1929 to secure a broken nose, however Plante presented the veil as ordinary gear, and it is currently required hardware for goaltenders.

Plante and Toe Blake never truly observed eye to eye. That was most likely in light of the fact that Blake, in the same way as other of the media, fans and Hockey individuals of the day, was a conventionalist, and Jacques was changing the amusement. A large number of the present goaltending strategies are inferable straightforwardly to Plante.

Plante was a pioneer of the style of play for goaltenders too. While there had been different goalies previously him who intermittently left their wrinkle to play the puck, he was the first to skate in behind the net to stop the puck for his defensemen. He likewise was the first to raise his arm on an icing call to let his defensemen comprehend what was occurring on the ice, and he idealized a high quality style of goaltending that underlined positional play, chopping down the edges and remaining square to the shooter.

He additionally kept broad notes on restricting players and groups all through his profession.

Plante’s Book on Goaltending

Jacques Plante's Book on Goaltending
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Plante’s book, On Goaltending, was the first of its sort and cemented his place in the diversion as an incredible plug as well as a man who genuinely comprehended Hockey and needed to have an impact on how the amusement would be played later on. The book was distributed in 1972 in English, with the French release (entitled Devant le filet) distributed in 1973.

In his book, Plante plot a program of goaltender advancement that included off-ice works out, decision of hardware, styles of play, and amusement day arrangement. He likewise exhorted on best instructing techniques for both youthful and propelled goaltenders. His book stayed well known with mentors and players and was reproduced in both French and English in 1997, 25 years after it was first distributed.

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Hampered by horrible agony in his left knee amid the 1960– 61 NHL season, Plante was sent down to the small time Montreal Royals. Torn ligament was found in his knee, and the knee was carefully fixed amid the late spring of 1961. The following season Plante turned out to be just the fourth goaltender to win the Hart Memorial Trophy – he likewise won the Vezina Trophy for the 6th time.

The 1962– 63 season was agitating for Plante. His asthma had declined, and he missed the majority of the early season. His association with his mentor, Toe Blake, kept on crumbling in light of Plante’s industrious medical issues. Afterward, Plante was at the focal point of a noteworthy discussion when he guaranteed that net sizes in the NHL were not uniform, consequently giving a measurable favorable position to goaltenders playing for the Chicago Black Hawks, Boston Bruins, and New York Rangers. His case was later affirmed as the aftereffect of an assembling blunder.

After the Canadiens were wiped out for the third straight year in the primary playoff round amid the spring of 1963, there was mounting weight for change from their fans and media. Developing strain among Plante and Blake on account of Plante’s conflicting hard working attitude and disposition made Blake announce that for the 1963– 64 season it is possible that he or Plante must go.

On June 4, 1963, Plante was exchanged to the New York Rangers, with Phil Goyette and Don Marshall in return for Gump Worsley, Dave Balon, Leon Rochefort, and Len Ronson. Plante played for the Rangers for one full season and part of a second. He resigned in 1965 while playing for the small time Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League. His better half was sick at the time, and he required medical procedure on his correct knee.

Jacques After Retirement 

Upon retirement, Plante accepted a position with Molson as a business agent however stayed dynamic in the NHL.

In 1965, Scotty Bowman approached Plante to play for the Montreal Jr. Canadiens in a diversion against the Soviet National Team on December 15, 1965. Regarded to speak to his nation, Plante concurred, and subsequent to getting consent from both the Rangers (who possessed his rights) and Molson, he started rehearsing. The Canadiens won 2– 1 with 2 objectives in the third time frame, and Plante was named first star of the amusement.

As indicated by most measurable sources, Plante was idle from focused Hockey in his multi year retirement, yet Jean Beliveau expressed generally in his collection of memoirs My Life In Hockey. He asserts Plante played for the Quebec Aces amid that time, which clearly would have kept his aptitudes sharp.

Toward the start of the 1967– 68 NHL season, Plante got a call from his ex-partner Bert Olmstead looking for some assistance instructing the extension Oakland Seals. Plante instructed chiefly by precedent, and after the three-week preparing camp, he likewise played a show amusement with the Seals, yet he was arranged to leave preparing camp once it was chosen that the Rangers still claimed his NHL rights.

Gossipy tidbits twirled that Plante was arranging a rebound.

In June 1968, Plante was drafted by the St. Louis Blues and marked for $35,000 for the 1968– 69 season. In his first season with the Blues, Plante split the goaltending obligations with Glenn Hall. He won the Vezina Trophy that season for the seventh time, outperforming Bill Durnan’s record. While playing for the Blues in the 1969– 70 playoffs against the Boston Bruins, a shot discharged by Fred Stanfield and diverted by Phil Esposito hit Plante in the brow, thumping him out and breaking his fiberglass cover. The main thing Plante said after he recovered cognizance at the clinic was that the veil spared his life. That amusement ended up being his keep going for the Blues, and he was exchanged the mid year of 1970 to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Plante drove the NHL with the most minimal objectives against normal (GAA) amid his first season with the Maple Leafs. At season’s end, he was named to the NHL’s second All-Star group, his seventh such respect. He kept on playing for the Maple Leafs until he was exchanged to the Boston Bruins late in the 1972– 73 season, recording a shutout against the Chicago Black Hawks in his presentation for the Bruins. He played eight customary season and two playoff recreations for the Bruins to complete that season, his rearward in the NHL.

Plante used to be inquired as to whether goaltending was a distressing activity.

“Distressing?” he answered. “Do you know a great deal of occupations where each time you commit an error, a red light goes off over your head and 15,000 individuals begin booing?”

Plante acknowledged a $10 million, 10-year contract to wind up mentor and general supervisor of the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association in 1973. He was exceptionally disappointed with his and the group’s execution and surrendered toward the finish of the 1973– 74 season. Leaving retirement again, Plante played 31 recreations for the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA in the 1974– 75 season. Plante resigned amid the Oilers’ preparation camp in 1975– 76 in the wake of accepting news that his most youthful child had passed on.

Plante made his introduction in the telecom stall amid his first retirement during the 1960s as a shading observer for communicates of Quebec Junior League amusements close by Danny Gallivan of Hockey Night in Canada notoriety. Radio Canada, the French language part of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, brought Plante on board as on-air expert for its transmissions of the 1972 Summit Series between the national group of the Soviet Union and a Canadian group made up of expert players from the NHL.

Plante was one of only a handful couple of North American investigators who disagreed from the broadly held faith in the predominance of the Canadian group.


  • Jacques Plante was accepted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.
  • Jacques Plante was accepted into the Canada Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.
  • Jacques Plante was accepted into the Quebec Sports Pantheon in 1994
  • Jacques Plant’s shirt, #1, was resigned in 1995 by the Montreal Canadiens.
  • Jacques Plante was accepted into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2010.

Top pick Game 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1969, 1970.

The Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy was built up in his respect as an honor to the best goaltender in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

The Jacques Plante Trophy was built up in Switzerland after Plante’s passing; it is given out yearly to the best Swiss goaltender.

The primary field in Shawinigan the town he experienced childhood in, was renamed to Aréna Jacques Plante.

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