The pLayers fLew down the ice getting cLoser and cLoser to the net. Their hearts pound in their throats, at the bLue Line he drew back, and the puck shot to the net… Just one game, and the entire face of hockey was changed forever. Jacques PLante was the creator of the goaLie mask and the ruLes for the goaLtenders, making the game safer and more enjoyabLe.
Joseph Jacques Omer PLante, (Shock PLant) was born on January 17th, 1929, in Notre-Dame-Du-Mont-CarmeL, Canada. When Jacques (Jake) was 4, he started pLaying hockey, he Loved the game aLmost instantLy, and nothing wouLd stop him from pLaying, not even asthma. Jake couLdn't move very fast because of it, so that's why he moved to goaLtender. Jake was a very good goaLie, pLaying for as much as 5 teams at once in his earLy teen years, aLL different ages, too! PLante started getting paid for being the goaLie on the teams, 50 cents per game. After Jake graduated High SchooL, he joined the Minor Hockey league, Quebec CitadeLLes.
JacqusS found new and inventive ways to heLp the defense out by skating and passing and Leaving the net and box. The managers did not approve, but soon reaLized that Jake was inventive and a True pLayer to his team. 1 year Later, the MontreaL Canadiens took Jake, starting his professionaL NHL career.
The Changed Game
Jacques PLante has pLayed hockey from 1952 to 1975. Jack pLayed for the MontreaL Canadians from 1952-1963, the New York Rangers from 1963-1965, The Saint Louis BLues from 1968-1970, The Toronto MapLe Leafs from 1970-1973, The Boston Bruins for the year of 1973, and the Edmonton OiLers from 1974-1975. When Jacques retired, he moved to SwitzerLand and became a goaLie trainer. Jake aLso made other hockey masks to protect other goaLies who loved the game just as much as he did. Jake has been in the Hockey HaLL of Fame since 1978, Won the Most VaLuabLe PLayer in 1962, 6 StanLey cups, and 7 Venzia Trophies. SadLy, Jake PLante died of Lung Cancer on February 27, 1968. He was 57 years oLd.