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Michel Plasse





 Bios
Born : Montréal, Québec, June 1, 1948
Died : December 30, 2006
Catches : Left
Weight : 172 lbs.
Height : 5' 11"
Last Amateur club : Drummondville Rangers (QJHL)
Drafted by Montréal in the 1st round (1sth overall) in 1968

 Transactions
07-Aug-76

Acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins with Simon Nolet as compensations for Pittsburgh's signing of free agent Denis Herron

14-Sep-80 Signed free agent with the Québec Nordiques

 Micellaneous
Holds Rockies goaltending record for career most games played, career most minutes played, career most wins, career most losses, career most ties and career most goals allowed.  Shares with Doug Favell Rockies record for most career points.  Shares with Doug Favell, Glenn Resch, Al Smith and Phil Myre Rockies record for season most points.
 
Led the CHL in playoffs games played, playoffs minutes played (827), playoffs wins (8) and playoffs shutouts (1) with the Fort Worth Texans, 1979-80.

From the Rockies media guides

Michel Plasse turned pro with the Montréal Canadiens organization in 1968 and ended up in Cleveland with the Barons in the AHL. Those early years as a pro were far from smooth ones for him and he would just as soon forget them. For him, his professional career started in 1970-71 with the Kansas City Blues in the CHL.

He played 35 games that year and posted a nifty 2,63 goals against average. But what he wil never forget is the night of Febuary 21, 1971 when he scored a goal against the Oklahoma City Blazers to become the first professional goaltender to perform the feat.

The folloowing season, Plasse was sent to Nova Scotia in the American Hockey League where he backstopped theVoyageurs to a league championship.

In 1974, Montréal left Plasse available in the 1974 NHL's Expansion Draft and he was promptly snapped up by Kansas City.

Michel was dealt to Pittsburgh in January 1975, where he played a season-and-a-half as the Pens No. 1 netminder before winding up with the Colorado Rockies.

Plasse, who took over the brunt of the Rockies goaltending duties after Doug Favell's knee injury in mid-October, has taken to wearing a more-open Russian-style mask.

Few goaltenders in the NHL have carried as heavy a workload the two seasons of 1975-76 and 1976-77 as Michel Plasse. After working 3096 minutes in the net for the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975-76, Plasse missed a second straight 3000-minute campaign by just 14 minutes. His 54 appearances and 2986 minutes for the Colorado Rockies in 1976-77 ranked behind only such glittering goaltending names as Chicago,s Tony Esposito, Los Angeles' Rogie Vachon, Philadelphia's Brenard Parent, and Montréal's Ken Dryden. After he was acquired from Pittsburgh prior to the opening of the 1976-77 campaing, Plasse originally was listed as the backup goalie to Doug Favell, but he was pressed into service early - and often - when Favell went down with an injury only five games into the schedule. Michel ended up seeing action in 28 of the Rockies' first 31 contests, a murderous pace considering that he was facing a considerable amount of rubber every time out.

For the season Plasse fielded a total of 1712 shots, an average of 34,4 per 60-minute game. He recorded a won-lost-tie slate of 12-29-10, including a seven-game unbeaten streak skein (5-0-2) between January 28 - Febuary 20, 1977. During this span, Michel was brilliant, fashioning victories over Minnesota, the Rangers, Pittsburgh, detroit and Minnesota again, and ties with Atlanta and Cleveland. After a sensational 48 save, 5-2 victory over the Rangers at McNichols Arena on Feb. 1, John Ferguson, then the New York Rangers coach said "It was the best game any goaltender has played against us all season." It was one of four occasions during the year when Plasse was called upon 50 or more shots. In what was probably the Rockies' most heartbreaking loss in their first NHL season, they led the New York Islanders, 1-0, in the third periodat the Nassau Coliseum, with Plasse enjoying a sensational evening. But the powerful Isles finally broke through Michel in the final 20 minutes for a pair of scores and a 2-1 victory. They were the only two of New York's 51 shots that evening to elude the crafty Colorado veteran.

Plasse originally was drafted by the Canadiens in 1968 after he had played junior hockey with the Drummondville Rangers of the Québec Junior Hockey League. Montréal turned him pro with it's Cleveland Barons farm club in the American League, and Michel went down to the Eastern League's Jacksonville Rockets for some more seasoning before going up to the pros to stay, Oddly, his first game in the NHL came in the uniform of the St.Louis Blues, to whose organization he was on loan from the Canadiens during the 1970-71 season.

Michel and wife Diane have a daughter, Stéphanie. He enjoys Tennis and Golf

 Other teams
St.Louis
Montréal
Pittsburgh
Kansas city
Québec

 Statistics

Regular season
 SEASON   GP   MIN   W   L   T   GA  SO   GAA    SA   Sv%   G   A PIM
1979-80    6   327   0   3   2   26   0  4,77               0   0   0
1978-79   41  2302   9  29   2  152   0  3,96               0   2   4
1977-78   25  1383   3  12   8   90   0  3,90               0   0  12
1976-77   54  2986  12  29  10  190   0  3,82               0   1   0
  TOTAL  126  6998  24  73  22  458   0  3,93               0   3  16


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