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Jacques Plante

Jacques Plante
The dynasty of the late 1950’s Montreal Canadians had a plethora of scoring power, all of which felt comfortable to let it fly on the ice with the knowledge that Jacques Plante was in between the pipes. Plante is known for being the first goalie to regularly wear a protective mask, which seems to be what he is remembered mostly for. That may be an important fact, but we would rather think of his six Stanley Cups, seven Vezinas, one Hart and seven All Star selections.

Plante also had a very innovative style as he was the first Goalie to go behind his net to stop the puck for his defenders and the first to regularly raise his arm to indicating icing for his team. These subtleties helped his team, and laid a blueprint that others followed. Stylistically, he implored stand up style and relied on perfect positioning to utilize every possible angle. He actually penned the book “The Art of Goaltending” which remains a handbook that every aspiring netminder should read. Plante would rightfully enter the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.


The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, Canada

Elected In:


Played for:
Montreal Canadians
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers (WHA)

Major Accolades and Awards:
Hart Trophy (1) (1962)
Vezina Trophy (7) (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962 & 1969)
First Team All Star (3) (1956, 1959 & 1962)
Second Team All Star (4) (1957, 1958, 1960 & 1971)
All Star Games (8) (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1969 & 1970)
Most Wins (5) (1956, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1962)
Lowest Goals Against Average (8) (1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1969 & 1971)
Most Shutouts (4) (1957, 1958, 1959 & 1963)
Stanley Cup Rings (6) (Montreal Canadians 1953, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959 & 1960)

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