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Jacques Plante
Hockey Hall of Fame, 1978
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Born (1929-01-17)January 17, 1929
Notre-Dame-du-Mont-Carmel,
Quebec, Canada
Died February 27, 1986(1986-02-27) (aged 57)
Geneva, Switzerland
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Montreal Canadiens
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
Toronto Maple Leafs
Boston Bruins
Edmonton Oilers (WHA)
Playing career 1952–1975

Joseph Jacques Omer "Jake the Snake" Plante (January 17, 1929February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He grew up in Shawinigan Falls, Quebec, and began to play hockey in 1932. Plante started to play organized hockey at age 12, and his first professional game was at age 18. He played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1953 to 1963; during this time, the team won the Stanley Cup six times, including five wins in a row.

Plante first retired in 1965, but he was asked to come back to the NHL to play for a new team, the St. Louis Blues, in 1968. Plante was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1970, and then to the Boston Bruins in 1973. He joined the World Hockey Association, first as coach and general manager for the Quebec Nordiques in 1973–74. After his time with Quebec was not successful, Plante played goal for the Edmonton Oilers in 1974–75. Plante retired for the last time during training camp in the 1975-76 season.

Plante is considered one of the most important inventors in ice hockey. Most importantly, Plante was the first NHL goaltender to always wear mask when playing. With the help of other experts, he made and tested many versions of the goalie mask, including a version of today's mask/helmet combination. Plante was the first goaltender to regularly play the puck outside his crease in support of his team's defencemen, and often instructed his teammates from behind the play, as the goaltender usually has the best view of the game.

Plante was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. He was chosen as the goaltender of the Canadiens' "dream team" in 1985. He was inducted into the Quebec Sports Pantheon in 1994. Lastly, the Montreal Canadiens retired Plante's sweater, #1, in 1995.

Plante was the eldest of 11 children. In 1949, he married Jacqueline Gagné; they had two sons, Michel and Richard. In 1970, Plante met his second wife, Raymonde Udrisard, with whom he eventually moved to Switzerland. He died in Geneva, on February 27, 1986, shortly after he had been diagnosed with untreatable stomach cancer. He was buried in Sierre.

Awards and honours

Award Year/Season
Vezina Trophy 1955–56 NHL season
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star First Team 1955–56 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1956
Vezina Trophy 1956–57 NHL season
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team 1956–57 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1957
Vezina Trophy 1957–58 NHL season
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team 1957–58 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1958
Vezina Trophy 1958–59 NHL season
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star First Team 1958–59 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1959
Vezina Trophy 1959–60 NHL season
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team 1959–60 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1960
Hart Memorial Trophy 1961–62 NHL season
Vezina Trophy 1961–62 NHL season
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star First Team 1961–62 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1962
Shared (with Glenn Hall) Vezina Trophy 1968–69 NHL season
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1969
Played in National Hockey League All-Star Game 1970
Selected to National Hockey League All-Star Second Team 1970–71 NHL season
Elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame 1978
Selected to the Canada Sports Hall of Fame 1981

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