Jacques Plante

Ice Hockey Goaltender
Born Jan 17, 1929

Joseph Jacques Omer Plante was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. During a career lasting from 1947–1975, he was considered to be one of the most important innovators in hockey. He played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1953 to 1963; during his tenure, the team won the Stanley Cup six times, including five consecutive wins. Plante retired in 1965 but was persuaded to return to the National Hockey League to play for the expansion St.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on January 17, 1929.
1932 3 Years Old 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. … Read More
1936 7 Years Old As his playing progressed, Jacques received his first regulation goaltender's stick for Christmas of 1936. … Read More


1947 18 Years Old …  He graduated with top honours in 1947. … Read More
1948 19 Years Old In 1948, Plante received an invitation to the Canadiens' training camp.


1949 20 Years Old 1 More Event
On August 17, 1949, Selke offered Plante a contract with the Canadiens' organization. … Read More
1952 - 1953 2 More Events
In the spring of 1954, he underwent surgery to correct his left hand, which he had broken in his childhood. … Read More
1955 26 Years Old 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. … Read More
1957 28 Years Old During the 1957–58 NHL season, the Canadiens won their third straight Stanley Cup despite injuries to Plante and other members of the team. … Read More


1959 30 Years Old 1 More Event
During the 1959–60 NHL season, Plante wore a goaltender mask for the first time in a regular season game. … Read More
1960 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Plante did not wear the mask, at Blake's request, against Detroit on March 8, 1960; the Canadiens lost 3–0, and the mask returned for good the next night. … Read More
1961 - 1962 2 More Events
1963 34 Years Old 1 More Event
Growing tension between Plante and Blake because of Plante's inconsistent work ethic and demeanor caused Blake to declare that for the 1963–64 season either he or Plante must go.
1965 36 Years Old 1 More Event
He retired in 1965 while playing for the minor-league Baltimore Clippers of the American Hockey League. … Read More
1967 38 Years Old At the beginning of the 1967–68 NHL season, Plante received a call from his ex-teammate Bert Olmstead seeking some help coaching the expansion Oakland Seals. … Read More
1968 39 Years Old In June 1968, Plante was drafted by the St. Louis Blues and signed for $35,000 for the 1968–69 season. … Read More


1970 - 1972 2 More Events
1973 44 Years Old 1 More Event
Plante accepted a $10 million, 10-year contract to become coach and general manager of the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association in 1973.
1974 45 Years Old Coming out of retirement once more, Plante played 31 games for the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA in the 1974–75 season.
1975 46 Years Old 1 More Event
Plante retired during the Oilers' training camp in 1975–76 after receiving news that his youngest son had died. … Read More
1978 49 Years Old He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978.


1985 56 Years Old In the fall of 1985, Plante was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer.
1986 57 Years Old He died in a Geneva hospital in February 1986 and was buried in Sierre, Switzerland. … Read More
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