The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey
McClelland & Stewart, Paperback, 9780771026270, 326pp.
Publication Date: October 26, 2010
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.
"In this engaging bio Todd Denault tells the story of a trailblazer."
— Sports Illustrated
"A fascinating read, meticulously researched."
— Scott Morrison
"A well researched and thorough examination of the life of an extraordinarily talented hockey player and complex man."
— Al Strachan
"This is a long overdue examination of one of hockey's pivotal players and most colourful characters — but Todd Denault has made the wait worthwhile."
— Roy MacGregor
"A complete, well-researched portrait of a complex man."
— Montreal Gazette
"After just a few pages into this book it was obvious Todd Denault had written an instant classic. I can not recommend this book enough."