Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey

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McClelland & Stewart, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 326 pages
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The first full-scale biography of a legendary and award-winning NHL goalie who transformed the game.

“There are a lot of very good goalies, there are even a fair number of great goalies. But there aren’t many important goalies. And Jacques Plante was an important goalie.” Ken Dryden

On and off the ice Jacques Plante was a true original; he was extremely talented, boastful, defiant, mysterious, and complex. Throughout his tumultuous career as a goalie, he played for Montreal, New York, St. Louis, Toronto, Boston, and Edmonton. His contributions to and impact on the game were extensive and are reflected in today’s rules, equipment, and style of play. Thoroughly investigated through archival and primary research, and including interviews with figures such as Jean Béliveau, Henri Richard, Dickie Moore, and Scotty Bowman, this biography sheds light on one of the most pivotal figures in the history of hockey.


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Contents

Prologue
1
A Sensation 58 22 Retirement and Rebirth
207
B The Rocket 68 23 Back in the Saddle
217
Doug 90 25 One More Moment tor the Master
238
The True Test of a Champion 98 26 The Living Legend
252
Solitary Man I09 27 A Man Contlicted
262
Changing the Face of Hockey I21 28 The Lion in Winter
276
The Pinnacle I43 30 Switzerland
283
Bibliography
313
Index
320
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A member of the Society for International Hockey Research, Todd Denault is a freelance writer who has had his work featured in numerous online and print publications. A graduate of Carleton University and Lakehead University, Todd resides in Cobourg, Ontario. This is his first book.


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