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



Nault s writing style is not ne for the literature purest His writing can ften be dull and full f clich s But as a whole I as a hockey fan would rate this book as a four ut f five but if I were not I would give it a two ut f five One Black Leopard, Red Wolf of the most important and greatest goaliesf all time now sadly largely 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 Short Eyes: A Play obviously know a fair amount about Jacues Plante but there was many things I wasn t awaref In my pinion and many thers he has made a huge impact The Public Hating: A Collection of Short Stories on the gamef hockey and especially to goaltending He was an incredibly skilled and hardworking goaltender He played goal for 27 years Plante was considered the leading expert in goaltending because Soeur Angèle ou le feu sacré de la joie 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 businesswner author and family man Plante shaped goaltending to what it is now He was the first goalie to stickhandle communicate with his team play utside 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 ther goalies an advantage in protecting a smaller net He was the first f eleven children They ften didn t wear shoes in the summer except for special Dirty Dozen 2 (12 Taboo XXX Tales) occasions like church His first goalie stick wasne 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 liked to keep to himself and was considered a loner He would knit r read to pass the time while n the trains to games Jacues ften played hockey against boys years lder than him He started to play the puck utside the crease because the team he played n at the time was not very strong He figured if he was in control f the puck the pponents could not shoot it at him Throughout his life he was found to be unconventional and changed the traditional style f play He wore a toue that he knitted himself n 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 n pposing players and teams throughout his career He had a book Greetings! on everyone and kept notesn players goalies arenas lighting and would study the teams From the stands he watched teams f different leagues to learn anything that might improve his game On November 1 1959 Plante at 30 years ld 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 livid but he had no ther goaltender to call upon and Plante refused to return to the goal unless he wore the mask Blake agreed n 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 Grey's Lady of the mask but the Canadiens continued to win so the coach was less vocal about it The unbeaten streak stretched to 18 games Plante did not wear the mask at Blake s reuest against Detroitn March 8 1960 and the Canadiens lost 3 0 The mask returned for good the next night That year the Canadiens won their fifth straight Stanley Cup which was Plante s lastAfter 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 Blue Streak of cowardice and a fearf the puck With their The Asketikon of St Basil the Great only being six teams andne 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 looked like something ut f 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 pponents were caught ff guard Everyone uestioned the effectiveness Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time of the mask Many people felt he was weak for wearing a mask even though pucksf speeds up to 100 miles an hour were flying at him and uestioned his manhood Some Thoroughly Disarmed of the complaints were from hockey management who felt it was unfair to female fans who wanted to see the facesf 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 f faceless headless robots all f whom 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 s life years later in a St Louis gameSome goalies were against it too Gump Worsley wondered why a mask was needed after seventy years After the Ashes of hockey without it Terry Sawchuk didn t see a reason to start wearingne now after a dozen years f 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 wned his rights and Molson where he worked he began practicing The Canadiens won 2 1 and Plante was named first star Melody's Key of the gamePlante cameut f 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 wning 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 A Chance Acquaintance out and breaking his fiberglass mask Plante was traded in the summerf 1970 to the Toronto Maple Leafs He led the NHL with the 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 Bruins late 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 game. Ice Jacues Plante was a true riginal; 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 n the game were extensive and are reflected

A great subject Too much f the book relied n The Wallflower's Revenge old newspaper articles There was not enough interviewsf the ld Canadiens An excellent book thoroughly researched and well written Because f its presentation style Jacues Plante is best for adults I recommend it to those who enjoy reading about the sport War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 of hockey and its history the Canadiens goalies etc Jacues was an amazing man I first knewf 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 Leaving Mother Lake: A Girlhood at the Edge of the World one that allowed Plante to don a mask and change the facef the game This was a very enjoyable read I m not a Habs fan myself but I do appreciate the history behind the ldest franchise especially all the greats they ve had holding their forts during their lucrative years Todd Denault charts Plante s life from his humble beginnings in small town uebec instilling in him a sense f pride and frugality that lasted beyond his years as a goaltending legend An eccentric example f this was Plante being an avid knitter making his wn toues which he seemingly wore as a statement piece because no Introductory Algebra: Models Concepts Skills one else did it Teammates also remembered him as being a reclusive man keeping to himself during long 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 andne 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 Marriage After God: Chasing Boldly After God’s Purpose for Your Life Together outside the net to helput his defencemen communicating with his defense assiduously studying ther goalies to refine his wn 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 like me and can t get enough Blue Blood of hockey books I have never met Jacues Plante I ve never seen him play exceptn television through the magic The Gollywhopper Games: Friend or Foe of cross border television broadcastsf 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 Parafilias (Spanish Edition) of hockey and to the world Now courtesyf Todd Denault s first full length book Jacues Plante The Man Who Changed the Face It's Like This of Hockey I feel I know much Denault goes into depthn the development The Mirage of the first goalie mask and its baptismf fire He reviews the evolution f the wandering and the covering f the angles He even mentions the communication Rituels secrets des Templiers on the ice rather than stand there silently Plante would use his uniue vantage point to shout instructions to his teammates Allf these commonplace today all f them revolutionary when Plante first did themHe also covers lesser know things like Plante s public admonition that goal cages around the league were not f consistent size It turned A Mild Suicide out that they all had 4 posts but some had the crossbar welded to the top and some to the insides resulting in a differentialf 2 Beethoven for a Later Age: The Journey of a String Quartet of height He shows the events that led to Plante s departure from each team that he played for fewf them amicably I was especially interested to read Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face of his acrimonious relationship with Harry Sinden and the Boston Bruins whichnly got worse in the year after he left for uebecDenault did Origen: Scholarship in the Service of the Church omitne important thing WHY did Plante feel the need to provide coaching to the RUSSIAN goaltender Vladislav Tretiak before Game 1 f the 1972 Summit Series between the USSR and Canada To this day I have no idea what motivated that controversial action It s hard to fault the author n this point however it is probable that Jacues Plante is the nly person who ever knew why he chose to take that action and if so he took that secret to his grave Denault cover the incident and he does ffer some speculation which at this point is probably the best any hockey writer can doPerhaps the best compliment that I can pay the author is that it is difficult for me to believe that this is Todd Denault s first full length book I already have his 2nd The Greatest Game in my possession and am looking forward to reading it in 2013 Yes Denault does mention that George Hainesworth wore a version Porter Earns a Quarter (Four Basic Skills Series, Volume 2) of a mask for partf Mayan, Incan, and Aztec Civilizations, Grades 5-8 one game much earlier in hockey history A well researched and well written story aboutne Tablettes Albertini Actes privés de l'époque vandale of hockey s greatest innovators He was a uniue individual and sometimes misunderstood by his managers and teammates A true studentf the game he always wanted to make it better His book Goaltending is a must read for anyone pondering the guarding f the 4 x 6 net One f the best hockey books I ve read so far You really can see that he made a lot Sexual Soulmates: The Six Essentials for Connected Sex (English Edition) of research Usually I can t stand books that were written by authors who haven t really witnessed anyf the happenings but this was very well written and didn t bore me at all even though I already heard some f the stories that were told I d recommend this to anyone who s eager to learn about the Canadiens r simply the hockey history In the history f 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 legendary goaltender In this account f the goaler s life called Jacues Plante the Man Who Changed the Face Unbroken Circle: How to Take Your Family Through the End Time of Hockey Todd Denault follows the lifef this legend from as a child living 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 r because he was the best goalie in the league back in the day but it is because f the ways that he changed the game Plante is considered the inventor f the idea f stopping pucks behind his net He said that he started doing this because it was a necessity to win Our four defensemen had flaws ne couldn t skate backwards ne couldn t turn to his left Tajweed Rules for Qur'anic Recitation: A Beginner's Guide (Tajweed Rules, one couldn t turn to his right andne couldn t pass the puck accurately to Selling to VITO the Very Important Top Officer: Get to the Top. Get to the Point. Get to the Sale. our blue line Somebody had to clear those pucks so I started doing it myself 26 These are the wordsf the goaltender that at the time played for the Montreal Royals The fact that he was The Reformation (World History Series) onef the best goalies in the junior leagues 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 f 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 lack f all goalies Ask Me Nicely: Dark Urges Book One on the absencef facial protection 130 Jacues s ideas were not crazy but a little ahead Date With A Dead Doctor of his time but in the next couplef 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 Signs in the Heavens: A Jewish Messianic Perspective of the Last Days Coming Millennium of the writing style Todd De. The first full scale biographyf a legendary and award winning NHL goalie who transformed the game“There are a lot Daddy Lost Me At Poker (Eroticulture) (English Edition) of very good goalies there are even a fair numberf great goalies But there aren’t many important goalies And Jacues Plante was an important goalie” Ken DrydenOn and ff the.

S for the Bruins to finish that season his last in the NHLWith the Leafs he had a goals against average f 188 which was the best in the league 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 leaving 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 Witchopoly onef the greatest seasons Dear Chandler, Dear Scarlett: A Grandfather's Thoughts on Faith, Family, and the Things That Matter Most of a goalie Plante accepted a 1 million 10 year contract to become coach and general managerf the uebec Nordiues Asesinato en una Lavandería China (Fondo Editorial Tierra Adentro of the World Hockey Association in 1973 but resigned at the endf the first season to come ut f retirement nce Plante played 31 games for the Edmonton Oilers f the WHA in the 1974 75 season Plante retired for good during the Oilers training camp in 1975 76 after receiving news that his youngest son had died by suicide During Plante s time in the league the primary statistic for goalies was the goals against average The statistic was flawed because a goalie could face less shots but have a better average due to the number Beyond Time Travel - Exploring Our Parallel Worlds: Amazing Real Life Stories in the News (Time Travel Books Book 1) of goals scored The save percentage stat was created to track the percentagef shots stopped Figuring the totals Plante would have led the league 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 Boarding House of Hunks of942 is the highest ever in NHL history passing thefficial NHL record held by Dominik Hasek f937 Jacues Plante is the most accomplished goalie in hockey history He was part f the All Star team eight times won 7 Vezina trophies Bec (The Demonata, one Hart trophynly 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 league best seven shutouts goals against average under 222 second to Ken Dryden and the team had the lowest amount The Further Mishaps of Charlie Chumpkins of goals against them in the league Other goalies wentn to win the Calder Cup r ften finished first r usually top 3 in the league 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 thers He taught goalies how to be a better goalie and ff 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 ld in the Summit series but wasn t the Our Planet: Our Home oldest player as Gordie Howe wasn the team With Edmonton he was playing against the best teams in the league and still winning His debut with Edmonton included the largest crowd Kakoong, Pahlawan Pulau Awan Vol. 8 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 extensivelyn hockey He wrote hockey columns starting early in his career His book Goaltending was published in 1972 In his book Plante utlined a program f goaltender development that included Journeys of Frodo: An Atlas of J.R.R.Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings off ice exercises choicef euipment styles f play and game day preparation He also advised n best coaching methods for both young and advanced goaltenders His book remains popular with coaches and players Plante wrote a book n goaltending that is considered the bible f goaltending that is invaluable to many players People memorized it to help them with their games On the day f his final retirement there wasn t a goalie that wasn t wearing a mask His career lasted from 1947 1975 Plante first retired in 1965 but was later persuaded to return to play for St Louis as ne f the new expansion teams He was later 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 f 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 A Stepdaughter In Heat (Daddy Daughter Sex Stories) off Plante was the double for the goalie He was to let the star player scoren 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 ver 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 f Fame in 1978 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 f 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 f Fame in 2010Plante was working as a goalie coach with St Louis when the team thought he didn t look well and was losing lots In the End of weight Plante never complainedf any pain but after tests was found to have advanced stomach cancer A few weeks later he passed away at 57 years ld Throughout uebec the provincial flag flew at half mast as a tribute to ne f 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 legacy The Foundation aided in the development f young prospective Swiss goaltenders Plante was the subject f Heritage Minute ne f nly two hockey players to have a film made n them that illustrates a key moment in Canadian history The Jacues Plante Trophy in the uebec Junior hockey league is awarded to the goalie with the lowest goals against average The Shawinigan Arena was renamed the in his honour In 1998 Hockey News celebrated 50 years by creating a list f the best players in hockey history He was 13th The Age of Treachery on the list and second in goalies behind Sawchuk In 2000 Time magazine listed Plante asne f the top ten most influential athletes f the century he was the The Catcher in the Rye and Philosophy only hockey player listed and thenly Canadian to make the list In 2000 Canada post created stamps Seven Sisters New Quilts from an Old Favorite of six hockey legends 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 foundn a trophy The greatest tribute to Jacues Plante takes place every time a game f hockey is played Every time a goaltender puts n a mask plays the puck r talks with his defenseman they are honouring the goalie who has continued influence ver the game he loved so much If you re a fan When a Man Loves a Woman of hockey history at all you will enjoy this book It moves at a uick pace and keeps your attention throughout It N today’s rules euipment and stylef 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 sheds light n ne Keep From Falling of the most pivotal figures in the historyf hock.

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