November 1st is the 50th anniversary of Jacques Plante donning a mask, literally changing the face of the game of hockey.
November 1st also marks the release of Jacques Plante: The Man Who Changed the Face of Hockey by Todd Denault. HockeyBookReviews.com has an exclusive excerpt of the book available. Buy The Book: Amazon.ca - Chapters - Amazon.com
The anniversary has resulted in countless hockey history features online, with NHL.com providing the best coverage:
The Night Plante Made Goaltending History
Playing Without Masks Unthinkable Today
Plante's Legacy Extends Well Beyond Mask
Red Fisher on Jacques Plante
The Globe and Mail's Bill Beacon talks about how Plante's legend is still growing, while Kevin Allen at USA Today tries unmasking the real story of the man who revolutionized hockey. The Toronto Star looks back at the men (and woman) behind the evolution of the mask, while the New York Times offers a superb biography of Jacques Plante.