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Google doodle honours Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante

Google doodle honours Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante
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Jacques Plante is shown in photos without a mask and with two of the masks he wore in his career. The photo at right is 1960, the other two photos are from 1969. It was Jacques Plante of the Canadiens who popularized face protection when he stood his ground against reluctant coach Toe Blake to start wearing a mask full-time in 1959. Despite not being widely used until the late 1960 s, the goalie mask has become an intriguing mix of art individuality and utilitarianism and an iconic symbol of the league itself.

Google is honouring Montreal Canadiens legend Jacques Plante Tuesday.

The search engine’s Google doodle marks the 65th anniversary of the goaltender’s signing with the Habs on Feb. 12, 1954.

In his 10 years with the Canadiens, Plante won the Stanley Cup six times — including five consecutive wins from 1956 to 1960.

During his time in the NHL , he also played for the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins.

Plante was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Quebec Sports Pantheon in 1994. The Canadiens retired Plante’s jersey number, #1, the following year.

In 2017, he was named one of the 100 greatest NHL players in history.

Apr 3, 2018 at 4:42pm PDT

Plante is also known as the first NHL goalie to wear a protective fiberglass mask full-time, changing hockey history when he stood his ground against reluctant coach Toe Blake in 1959.

It wasn’t until the late 1960s that goalies regularly started wearing masks, but experts believe it to be a mix of individuality and utilitarianism, as well as an iconic symbol of the league itself.

Plante was also one of the first goaltenders to skate behind the net to stop the puck and has long been considered a pioneer of how the position is played. Several awards have been created in his name.
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