My all time favorite NHL goalie is not Patrick Roy….it is the one and only….Jacques Plante.
Did you KNOW: Plante was one of the first goaltenders to skate behind the net to stop the puck. He also was one of the first to raise his arm on an icing call to let his defencemen know what was happening. He perfected a stand-up, positional style, cutting down the angles; he became one of the first goaltenders to write a how-to book about the position. He was a pioneer of stickhandling the puck; before that time, goaltenders passively stood in the net and simply deflected pucks to defencemen or backchecking forwards.
Plante was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978. His jersey, #1, was retired in 1995 by the Montreal Canadiens. Finally McFarlane Toys has released Plante’s classic red, white and blue jersey in Series 28. Just click the image below to buy it online.