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NHL 100: Jacques Plante

by Ashali Vise / St. Louis Blues

In celebration of its centennial season, the NHL released its list of the 100 Greatest Players to play the game. Throughout the rest of the season, we'll be profiling each of the 14 former Blues to be named to that list.

Over the 100 years of the National Hockey League's existence, goalie styles have evolved tremendously. Some things, however, have stayed the same thanks to the influence of some of the League's originals.

One of those influencers is Jacques Plante. One of the first great goalies, Plante was the first to wear a mask on a regular basis. He was also one of the first goaltenders to play the puck behind the net, a skill that would be picked up by later greats like Martin Brodeur.

Plante came out of his first retirement to play two seasons with the St. Louis Blues, splitting duties with Glenn Hall for the franchise's second and third seasons. The two helped the team to the Stanley Cup Final each of those runs. Plante went on to play another four NHL seasons before his professional career officially ended.

Known as a game analyst who yelled instruction to his teammates from the net, Plante ranks seventh all-time in wins (437).

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