The doodle depicts Plante in Habs colours and reminds us that he was the first NHL goalie to wear a protective face mask.
Legendary NHL goalie Jacques Plante was honoured by Google on Tuesday, featuring the former Montreal Canadiens star on the doodle on its home page.
The doodle depicts Plante in Habs colours and also reminds users that he was the first NHL goalie to wear a protective face mask, a piece of equipment that is now standard issue for anyone playing in nets.
Born in Quebec’s Mauricie region in 1929, Plante made his debut with the Canadiens in 1952, playing with them until 1963. In the decade that followed, Plante played with the New York Rangers, the Saint Louis Blues, the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins.
He also played with the Edmonton Oilers during the 74-75 season as part of the World Hockey Association.
Plante won the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the best goalie in the NHL, seven times. In 1962 he won the Hart Trophy, given to a team’s most valuable player, and he was named to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1978, the first year he was eligible.
In 1986, at the age of 57, Plante died in Switzerland, where he had taken up residence. Nine years later, on Oct. 7, 1995, the Canadiens retired his #1 jersey.