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1974-75 Jacques Plante "Last" Goalie Mask - Photo Matched - Plante's Wife Letter
Lot #129

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1974-75 Jacques Plante "Last" Goalie Mask - Photo Matched - Plante's Wife Letter
Lot #129

A letter of provenance from Mrs. Jacques Plante will accompany this item.

This custom molded all white fiberglasss mask was worn by legendary netminder Jacques Plante during the 1974-75 WHA season, thus making it the last mask he ever wore. Plante spent the first 11 seasons of his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens where he earned 6 Stanley Cup rings. He established himself as one of the sports all-time greats by backstopping the Canadiens to 5 consecutive Stanley Cup titles spanning 1955-56 thru 1959-60. His career continued post Montreal with stops in New York, St. Louis, Toronto, Boston and finally Edmonton of the WHA. Plante further built upon his legend with the expansion St. Louis Blues in the late 1960’s where he teamed with Glen Hall and led the Blues to the Cup Finals in 1969 and 1970 at the age of 40 and 41.

Plante was 7 times a 1st or 2nd team NHL All Star and partook in 8 NHL All Star games spanning 1956 thru 1970. He won 7 Vezina trophies including one at 40 years of age in 1969. Jacques was also the last goalie prior to Dominik Hasek to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player, doing so in 1962. He retired with 434 NHL wins, 82 shutouts and a remarkable 2.38 Goals Against Average.  This heavy fiberglass gamer was produced by Jacques Plante’s Fibrosport, a premier mask making company in its day.

Other than himself, his most recognizable client was Hall of Famer Bernie Parent who made this “style” forever famous. Plante and Parent teamed together in Toronto in the early 1970’s where they both donned this style mask. Bernie continued wearing it thru the end of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers, where he built his own legend. So proud of the quality of this mask was Plante that he purchased insurance on it against goalies getting injured in the amount of 1 million dollars.

This striking heavy white painted mask remains in all original condition. Affixed to the forehead is the red Maple Leaf decal. The straps, interior padding and backplate remain just as they were the day Plante played his final game. On the inside is a gold decal with Plante’s Swiss address, further enhancing this already incredible piece of hockey history. Jacques played in 31 regular season contests for the WHA Oilers in 1974-75 wearing this mask.

Shown in the famous photo above is Plante holding this very mask dressed in Edmonton gear. Goalie masks are perhaps the hardest and most desirable collectibles in the entire hobby. This is one of the finest masks ever to enter the hobby and is without question worthy of a featured display in the Hockey Hall of Fame. This is a cornerstone item if there ever was one.  This mask is accompanied by a letter from Mrs. Jacques Plante.