Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Derek Plante
Derek Plante played his amateur hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. During his senior year in 1992-93, he became a dominant player on the college circuit, being named to the WCHA First All-Star Team and to the NCAA West First All-American Team. His stellar year was topped off with his selection as USA Hockey's 1993 Male Athlete of the Year.

Plante's star potential did not go unnoticed by the brass of the NHL. He'd already been drafted by the Buffalo Sabres while fresh out of High School back in 1989. Upon completion of his university career, he jumped right into the Sabres' lineup for the start of the 1993-94 campaign. By season's end, he'd made his club's scouting staff look like high-watt light bulbs. His 56 points in 77 games placed him fourth in league scoring for rookies.

During the five seasons that followed, Plante molded himself into a solid, two-way forward who, in 1996-97, led the Sabres in scoring with 53 points while maintaining a +14 rating.

By 1998-99, however, Plante's effectiveness in the NHL began to decline as his travel points began to increase. Late in the season, the Dallas Stars acquired his rights to add depth to their forward lines during their run for the Stanley Cup. The move helped the Stars and it was a godsend for Plante who got his name inscribed on the Cup at the end of the season.

The following year, he began to bounce around, putting in stints with the Stars, Michigan, and Chicago of the IHL, and, finally, with the Chicago Blackhawks where he finished the campaign with 17 games. But by then, his offensive output had all but disappeared. He signed as a free agent with the Philadelphia Flyers for the start of the 2000-01 season, although he spent most of the year with the Philly Phantoms of the AHL.

With his pro options coming to a close, Plante jumped at a chance to play in Europe for the 2001-02 campaign where he presently skates for the Munich Barons.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1987-88 Cloquet Lumberjacks High-MN 23 16 25 41
1988-89 Cloquet Lumberjacks High-MN 24 30 33 63
1988-89 Madison Capitols USHL
1989-90 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 28 10 11 21 12
1990-91 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 36 23 20 43 6
1990-91 United States WJC-A 7 1 2 3 4
1991-92 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 37 27 36 63 28
1991-92 United States WC-A 6 0 1 1 0
1992-93 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 37 36 56 92 30
1992-93 United States WC-A 6 1 0 1 2
1993-94 Buffalo Sabres NHL 77 21 35 56 24 +4 7 1 0 1 0
1993-94 United States Nat-Tm 2 0 1 1 0
1994-95 Buffalo Sabres NHL 47 3 19 22 12 -4
1995-96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 76 23 33 56 28 -4
1995-96 United States WC-A 8 1 1 2 4
1996-97 Buffalo Sabres NHL 82 27 26 53 24 +14 12 4 6 10 4
1997-98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 72 13 21 34 26 +8 11 0 3 3 10
1998-99 Buffalo Sabres NHL 41 4 11 15 12 +3
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 10 2 3 5 4 +1 6 1 0 1 4
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 16 1 1 2 2 -4
1999-00 Michigan K-Wings IHL 13 0 4 4 2 -5
1999-00 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 17 1 1 2 2 -1
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 4 2 1 3 2 +2 8 3 1 4 6
1999-00 United States WC-A 7 1 1 2 4 -1
2000-01 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 12 1 2 3 4 0 5 0 1 1 0
2000-01 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 57 18 35 53 19 -7
2000-01 United States WC-A 9 0 2 2 2 -3
2001-02 Munchen Barons Germany 60 20 38 58 22 9 3 7 10 10
2001-02 United States WC-A 7 2 1 3 2 0
2002-03 ZSC Lions Zurich Swiss 44 22 24 46 34 10 1 2 3 4
2003-04 Adler Mannheim Germany 39 6 16 22 40 6 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Adler Mannheim Germany 44 6 7 13 22 7 0 0 0 0
2005-06 Nippon Paper Cranes AsianHL 35 28 47 75 64 8 7 8 15 4
2006-07 Nippon Paper Cranes AsianHL 24 20 27 47 42 7 6 7 13 12
NHL Totals 450 96 152 248 138 41 6 10 16 18


WCHA Second All-Star Team (1992)
WCHA First All-Star Team (1993)
WCHA Player of the Year (1993)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1993)
Traded to Dallas by Buffalo for Dallas' 2nd round choice (Michael Zigomanis) in 1999 Entry Draft, March 23, 1999. Traded to Chicago by Dallas with Kevin Dean and Dallas' 2nd round choice (Matt Keith) in 2001 Entry Draft for Sylvain Cote and Dave Manson, February 8, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 26, 2000.