Todd Denault: Jacues Plante The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey



Cial occasions ike church His first goalie stick was one carved from a tree root by his father His first pads were stuffed potato sacks that were enforced with wood panels He struggled with asthma and had an allergy to eggs He iked to keep to himself and was considered a oner He would knit or read to pass the time while on the trains to games Jacues often played hockey against boys years older than him He started to play the puck outside the crease because the team he played on at the time was not very strong He figured if he was in control of the puck the opponents could not shoot it at him Throughout his Models Dont Eat Chocolate Cookies life he was found to be unconventional and changed the traditional style of play He wore a toue that he knitted himself on the ice to keep his ears warm which caused controversy Plante was able to read players so well because he studied them He shouted directions to his teammates during games and kept extensive notes on opposing players and teams throughout his career He had a book on everyone and kept notes on players goalies arenasighting and would study the teams From the stands he watched teams of different eagues to earn anything that might improve his game On November 1 1959 Plante at 30 years old wore a goaltender mask for the first time in a regular season game He had used his mask in practice since 1956 Plante s nose was broken when he was hit by a shot fired intentionally by Andy Bathgate to injure Plante three minutes into a game against the New York Rangers Plante was taken to the dressing room for stitches When he returned he was wearing the crude homemade goaltender mask that he had been using in practices The Montreal coach Toe Blake was ivid but he had no other goaltender to call upon and Plante refused to return to the goal unless he wore the mask Blake agreed on the condition that Plante discard the mask when his face healed The Canadiens won the game 3 1 During the following days Plante refused to get rid of the mask but the Canadiens continued to win so the coach was ess vocal about it The unbeaten streak stretched to 18 games Plante did not wear the mask at Blake s reuest against Detroit on March 8 1960 and the Canadiens Scruples Two lost 3 0 The mask returned for good the next night That year the Canadiens won their fifth straight Stanley Cup which was Plante sastAfter many tests it was found that Plante played just as well with a mask if not better and his vision and sightlines were not impacted Plante had many injuries previous to wearing a mask due to stopping pucks with his face including four broken noses broken jaw two broken cheekbones and than 200 stitches The coach felt that wearing a mask was showing signs of cowardice and a fear of the puck With their only being six teams and one goalie to a team teams were uick to replace players that didn t do what they were told Plante was able to stand his ground because he proved himself in hockey and the Canadians needed him The two previous goalies for the Canadians retired early partly due to anxiety People were shocked when Plante returned in the game but even so because he What Janie Found (Janie Johnson, lookedike something out of a horror movie with his mask People felt that the mask gave Plante a psychological advantage as it was so unusual and striking that the opponents were caught off guard Everyone uestioned the effectiveness of the mask Many people felt he was weak for wearing a mask even though pucks of speeds up to 100 miles an hour were flying at him and uestioned his manhood Some of the complaints were from hockey management who felt it was unfair to female fans who wanted to see the faces of players Or that if a goalie wanted to wear a mask then where did it stop Eventually would the defenseman want a mask And forwards too Soon hockey would become a team of faceless headless robots all of whom Carl Hiaasen Collection look alike to the spectators which would take away all the fan appeal to hockey Others thought it would create blinds spots for the goalie The mask would save Jacues Plante sife years ater in a St Louis gameSome goalies were against it too Gump Worsley wondered why a mask was needed after seventy years of hockey without it Terry Sawchuk didn t see a reason to start wearing one now after a dozen years of playing hockey Glenn Hall thought Plante was a wimp Each goalie would wear a mask before their careers ended Plante was traded from Montreal to New York Rangers in 1963 He played for two years before retiring due to injuries to his knee and his wife Jacueline s health He started working with Molson Breweries Scotty Bowman asked Plante to play for the Montreal Jr Canadiens in a game against the Soviet National Team Plante was proud to represent his country and after receiving permission from both the Rangers who owned his rights and Molson where he worked he began practicing The Canadiens won 2 1 and Plante was named first star of the gamePlante came out of retirement to play expansion team St Louis Blues He was able to defer his salary with the NHL due to being good with money and owning properties and business St Louis paid him 26000 a season with 12000 being deferred for four years It was a weekend when signing the contract with Scotty Bowman and the secretary was not in so Plante typed the contract back himself Plante split the goaltending duties with Glenn Hall He won the Vezina Trophy that season for the seventh time surpassing Bill Durnan s record While playing for the Blues in the 1969 70 playoffs against the Boston Bruins a shot fired redirected hit Plante in the forehead knocking him out and breaking his fiberglass mask Plante was traded in the summer of 1970 to the Toronto Maple Leafs He ed the NHL with the Explosive Acts lowest goals against average GAA during his first season with the Maple Leafs At season s end he was named to the NHL s second All Star team his seventh He continued to play for the Leafs until he was traded to the Boston Bruinsate in the 1972 73 season recording a shutout against the Black Hawks in his debut for the Bruins He played eight regular season and two playoff games for the Bruins to finish that season his Shadowbridge (Shadowbridge, last in the NHLWith the Leafs he had a goals against average of 188 which was the best in theeague It was the eighth time he had achieved the feat to this day an NHL record Plante finished 5th in voting for the Hart trophy Plante was named goalie for the All Star team Fellow goalies he played against his whole career were all eaving the game but Plante was still receiving many honours He was playing even better than he had with the Canadien s He was 42 and had one of the greatest seasons of a goalie Plante accepted a 1 million 10 year contract to become coach and general manager of the uebec Nordiues of the World Hockey Association in 1973 but resigned at the end of the first season to come out of retirement once Plante played 31 games for the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA in the 1974 75 season Plante retired for good during the Oile. Ice Jacues Plante was a true original; he was extremely talented boastful defiant mysterious and complex Throughout his tumultuous career as a goalie he played for Montreal New York St Louis Toronto Boston and Edmonton His contributions to and impact on the game were extensive and are reflected

A great subject Too much of the book relied on old newspaper articles There was not enough interviews of the old Canadiens An excellent book thoroughly researched and well written Because of its presentation style Jacues Plante is best for adults I recommend it to those who enjoy reading about the sport of hockey and its history the Canadiens goalies etc Jacues was an amazing man I first knew of Jacues Plante through Canada s Heritage Minutes those televised history segments honouring famous Canadians before I had even watched a hockey game We re all familiar with shot from Andy Bathgate now the one that allowed Plante to don a mask and change the face of the game This was a very enjoyable read I m not a Habs fan myself but I do appreciate the history behind the oldest franchise especially all the greats they ve had holding their forts during their ucrative years Todd Denault charts Plante s ife from his humble beginnings in small town uebec instilling in him a sense of pride and frugality that asted beyond his years as a goaltending Two Reels And A Crank legend An eccentric example of this was Plante being an avid knitter making his own toues which he seemingly wore as a statement piece because no one else did it Teammates also remembered him as being a reclusive man keeping to himself duringong road trips between games Even though he is first and foremost known with the Canadiens jersey he also played for the Rangers Blues Leafs recording his all time best SV% Bruins and Oilers WHA With seven Vezinas six Stanley Cups and one Hart Trophy it s hard not to be impressed with his accomplishments but most importantly were the changes he made to the game playing the puck outside the net to help out his defencemen communicating with his defense assiduously studying other goalies to refine his own skills and becoming the first goaltending coach The interviews from his teammates friends and adversaries personalized this book along with some vintage photos included The books credited in the bibliography are great resources too if you re curious Queens Gambit (The Tudor Trilogy, like me and can t get enough of hockey books I have never met Jacues Plante I ve never seen him play except on television through the magic of cross border television broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada Still I ve read enough about and by the man that I feel I have some background into who he was and what he brought to the sport of hockey and to the world Now courtesy of Todd Denault s first fullength book Jacues Plante A well researched and well written story about one of hockey s greatest innovators He was a uniue individual and sometimes misunderstood by his managers and teammates A true student of the game he always wanted to make it better His book Goaltending is a must read for anyone pondering the guarding of the 4 x 6 net One of the best hockey books I ve read so far You really can see that he made a El guerrero (La guardia de los Highlanders 1) lot of research Usually I can t stand books that were written by authors who haven t really witnessed any of the happenings but this was very well written and didn t bore me at all even though I already heard some of the stories that were told I d recommend this to anyone who s eager toearn about the Canadiens or simply the hockey history In the history of the NHL there have been very few players that are as uniue as Jacues Plante In this biography Todd Denault explores the very essence that is the egendary goaltender In this account of the goaler s ife called Jacues Plante the Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey Todd Denault follows the Absalom, Absalom! life of thisegend from as a child iving in poverty in u bec up to his death at age 57 in SwitzerlandDuring his 20 year stand in the NHL Plante played for the Montreal Canadians the Toronto Maple Leafs the St Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins He also won 6 Stanley Cups including 5 consecutive with the Montreal Canadians This still stands as an NHL record But the reason the Plante is such a memorable goalie is not because he won 5 straight cups or because he was the best goalie in the eague back in the day but it is because of the ways that he changed the game Plante is considered the inventor of the idea of stopping pucks behind his net He said that he started doing this because it was a necessity to win Our four defensemen had flaws one couldn t skate backwards one couldn t turn to his Black Stone left one couldn t turn to his right and one couldn t pass the puck accurately to our blueine Somebody had to clear those pucks so I started doing it myself 26 These are the words of the goaltender that at the time played for the Montreal Royals The fact that he was one of the best goalies in the junior eagues even with such poor defensemen shows Plante s great skill for the game But the biggest way that Plante changed the game is how he was the first goaltender to wear a mask Back in the day it was considered weak for a goalie to protect his face now it is considered crazy not to I guess that he was just ahead of his time as Plante made his voice be heard that all goalies should be reuired to wear masks Plante stated that masks should be mandatory for all goalies blaming the ack of all goalies on the absence of facial protection 130 Jacues s ideas were not crazy but a No Way Down little ahead of his time but in the next couple of decades he would get his wish This book was definitely a good read for any sports fan that is interested in hockey But I would not suggest it to anyone who is not interested in this subject especially because of the writing style Todd Denault s writing style is not one for theiterature purest His writing can often be dull and full of clich s But as a whole I as a hockey fan would rate this book as a four out of five but if I were not I would give it a two out of five One of the most important and greatest goalies of all time now sadly argely forgotten but for me he was the first truly great uber elite goalie and this is an excellent book about him I really enjoyed this book I m a goalie and obviously know a fair amount about Jacues Plante but there was many things I wasn t aware of In my opinion and many others he has made a huge impact on the game of hockey and especially to goaltending He was an incredibly skilled and hardworking goaltender He played goal for 27 years Plante was considered the eading expert in goaltending because of his vast knowledge and experience He was the first ever goalie coach When he wasn t playing goal he was a hockey commentator analyst coach hockey scout business owner author and family man Plante shaped goaltending to what it is now He was the first goalie to stickhandle communicate with his team play outside his crease signal icings first to wear a mask brought about the two goalie and backup system and exposed that nets were different sizes in the NHL giving other goalies an advantage in protecting a smaller net He was the first of eleven children They often didn t wear shoes in the summer except for spe. The first full scale biography of a English Humour for Beginners legendary and award winning NHL goalie who transformed the game“There are aot of very good goalies there are even a fair number of great goalies But there aren’t many important goalies And Jacues Plante was an important goalie” Ken DrydenOn and off the.

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Rs training camp in 1975 76 after receiving news that his youngest son had died by suicide During Plante s time in the Absolutely on Music league the primary statistic for goalies was the goals against average The statistic was flawed because a goalie could faceess shots but have a better average due to the number of goals scored The save percentage stat was created to track the percentage of shots stopped Figuring the totals Plante would have The Ransom of Mercy Carter led theeague in save percentage four times with the Canadien s929 2925923 During the Leaf s season at 42 his save percentage was942 the runner up goalie in that season was921 The save percentage of942 is the highest ever in NHL history passing the official NHL record held by Dominik Hasek of937 Jacues Plante is the most accomplished goalie in hockey history He was part of the All Star team eight times won 7 Vezina trophies one Hart trophy only four goaltenders to have done so and six Stanley cups After working with Plante goalies would see immediate success Bernie Parent finished the season with a Gone for Good league best seven shutouts goals against average under 222 second to Ken Dryden and the team had theowest amount of goals against them in the Lallieva (Alice Allevi, league Other goalies went on to win the Calder Cup or often finished first or usually top 3 in theeague Some goalies that he trained with advanced to the NHL Pete Peeters and Pelle Lindbergh won the Vezina Plante worked with Patrick Roy Steve Penney among others He taught goalies how to be a better goalie and off ice how to handle the pressure and forget bad games Plante made comebacks with St Louis Toronto Boston and Edmonton after retiring He played for team Canada at 45 years old in the Summit series but wasn t the oldest player as Gordie Howe was on the team With Edmonton he was playing against the best teams in the eague and still winning His debut with Edmonton included the argest crowd of the team s history at the time On games that Plante was playing fan attendance would increase by a few thousand Plante also wrote extensively on hockey He wrote hockey columns starting early in his career His book Goaltending was published in 1972 In his book Plante outlined a program of goaltender development that included off ice exercises choice of euipment styles of play and game day preparation He also advised on best coaching methods for both young and advanced goaltenders His book remains popular with coaches and players Plante wrote a book on goaltending that is considered the bible of goaltending that is invaluable to many players People memorized it to help them with their games On the day of his final retirement there wasn t a goalie that wasn t wearing a mask His career British Society Since 1945 lasted from 1947 1975 Plante first retired in 1965 but wasater persuaded to return to play for St Louis as one of the new expansion teams He was ater traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1970 and then to the Boston Bruins in 1973 He joined the World Hockey Association as coach and general manager for the uebec Nordiues in 1973 74 He then played goal for the Edmonton Oilers in 1974 75 His company Fibrosport produced close to 10000 masks a year at the peak of their success The company started to decline when the CSA that certified sports euipment banned fiberglass masks from minor hockey The company eventually ended after ten years in business Filming the movie Face off Plante was the double for the goalie He was to et the star player score on him for different scenes Each time Plante made a fantastic save The film production staff was getting frustrated and there was a confrontation between Plante and the staff After a short delay over the PA system an announcement was made that Monsieur Plante wishes it to be known that he is consenting to allow the puck to enter the net So the player comes down with a goal assured But again Plante stops the player cold After another conversation the next time the player went down the ice Plante allowed the goal to score He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978 Reiki And The Seven Chakras less than three years after retiring Others inducted were Marcel Pronovost who he grew up with in his hometown and Andy Bathgate who caused his injuries when he wore a mask for the first time He was inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 In 1985 he was named to the Montreal Canadiens dream team with Toe Blake Doug Harvey Larry Robinson Dickie Moore Maurice Richard and Jean Beliveau He backstopped the Candien s to six Stanley cups including 5 in a row 1953 1956 1960 He was inducted into the World Hockey Association Hall of Fame in 2010Plante was working as a goalie coach with St Louis when the team thought he didn took well and was Turning the Tide of Battle losingots of weight Plante never complained of any pain but after tests was found to have advanced stomach cancer A few weeks ater he passed away at 57 years old Throughout uebec the provincial flag flew at half mast as a tribute to one of the greatest athletes the province had ever seen Jacues was married to his first wife Jacueline for 23 years and had two sons Plante and his second wife Raymonde moved to Switzerland Plante helped to coach many young goaltenders and running hockey clinics Raymonde started the Jacues Plante Foundation to honour his egacy The Foundation aided in the development of young prospective Swiss goaltenders Plante was the subject of Heritage Minute one of only two hockey players to have a film made on them that illustrates a key moment in Canadian history The Jacues Plante Trophy in the uebec Junior hockey Once I Was a Princess league is awarded to the goalie with theowest goals against average The Shawinigan Arena was renamed the in his honour In 1998 Hockey News celebrated 50 years by creating a Court the Night (Blood Bonds, list of the best players in hockey history He was 13th on theist and second in goalies behind Sawchuk In 2000 Time magazine Greed, Seeds and Slavery listed Plante as one of the top ten most influential athletes of the century he was the only hockey playeristed and the only Canadian to make the Demons, Deliverance, Discernment list In 2000 Canada post created stamps of six hockeyegends Plante Gretzky Orr Howe Richard Harvey In 1995 his 1 jersey was retired at the Forum by the Montreal Canadien s The greatest tribute to Jacues Plante cant be found on a trophy The greatest tribute to Jacues Plante takes place every time a game of hockey is played Every time a goaltender puts on a mask plays the puck or talks with his defenseman they are honouring the goalie who has continued influence over the game he Some Prefer Nettles by Junichiro Tanizaki Summary Study Guide loved so much If you re a fan of hockey history at all you will enjoy this book It moves at a uick pace and keeps your attention throughout It was a hard book to put down Every aspect of theife and career of this uniue hockey innovator is covered well and is thoroughly researched The many footnotes give the impression of reading a research paper as well as a biography Especially interesting were the sections covering his many comebacks Well Meet Again later in his career and his post playing days. N today’s rules euipment and style of play Thoroughly investigated through archival and primary research and including interviews with figures such as Jean Béliveau Henri Richard Dickie Moore and Scotty Bowman this biography shedsight on one of the most pivotal figures in the history of hock.