Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Michel Plasse
At the NHL level, Michel Plasse was a well-traveled goalkeeper who was often a backup and sometimes the front guy for six different big-league clubs. But his most memorable experience in pro hockey came before he ever established a toehold in an NHL crease.

On the night of February 21, 1971, Plasse was in net for the Kansas City Blues who were struggling to hang on to a 2-1 advantage over the Oklahoma City Blazers late in the game. The Blazers had pulled their goalie and were storming the Blues' zone when Plasse fired the puck the length of the ice in an effort to stave off the charge. He did such a good job that the disk slid all the way into the unguarded enemy cage. He became the first professional goalie in the history of the game to score a goal.

From there, Plasse left the Blues' organization with one NHL start to his credit to serve as Ken Dryden's backup in Montreal. His first season brought a Stanley Cup win although Plasse saw no action during the playoffs.

After two seasons with the Canadiens, he put in a year with the Kansas City Scouts before joining the Pittsburgh Penguins where in 1975-76 he got his first run as a number-one goalie. He continued this trend the following year with the Colorado Rockies where he faced more than his share of expansion rubber.

Plasse remained with the Rockies until the early eighties when he signed as a free agent with the Quebec Nordiques. He started 41 games over two seasons before retiring from the Binghamton Whalers of the AHL in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1965-66 Drummondville Rangers QJHL
1966-67 Drummondville Rangers QJHL
1967-68 Drummondville Rangers QJHL 30 3 2.10 10 8 2 0 1 3.20
1967-68 Drummondville Rangers M-Cup 4 1 3 0 0 4.56
1968-69 Cleveland Barons AHL 7 2 4 0 0 5.06
1969-70 Jacksonville Rockets EHL 61 0 4.87 4 0 4 0 0 8.75
1970-71 Kansas City Blues CHL 16 0 2.63
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
1971-72 Nova Scotia Voyageurs AHL 36 17 13 4 1 2.77 15 12 3 0 3 1.25
1972-73 Montreal Canadiens NHL 17 11 2 3 0 2.58
1973-74 Montreal Canadiens NHL 15 7 4 2 0 4.08
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 24 4 16 3 0 4.06
1974-75 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 9 5 4 0 4.00
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 24 19 10 2 3.45 3 1 2 1 2.67
1975-76 Hershey Bears AHL 5 0 4 0 0 5.40
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 54 12 29 10 0 3.82
1977-78 Colorado Rockies NHL 25 3 12 8 0 3.90
1977-78 Hampton Gulls AHL 2 0 1 1 0 2.42
1978-79 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 7 0 6 1 0 4.39
1978-79 Colorado Rockies NHL 41 9 29 2 0 3.96
1979-80 Colorado Rockies NHL 6 0 3 2 0 4.77
1979-80 Fort Worth Texans CHL 32 9 13 3 0 4.15 14 8 5 0 1 2.97
1980-81 Quebec Nordiques NHL 33 10 14 9 0 3.66 1 0 0 0 4.00
1981-82 Quebec Nordiques NHL 8 2 3 1 0 5.41
1981-82 Binghamton Whalers AHL 8 3 3 1 0 4.32
NHL Totals 299 92 136 54 2 3.78 4 1 2 1 2.76


QJHL Second All-Star Team (1968) Scored a goal while with Kansas City (CHL), February 21, 1971. Loaned to Kansas City (CHL) by Montreal, October 1, 1970. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for cash, December 11, 1970. Traded to Montreal by St. Louis for cash, August 23, 1971. Claimed by Kansas City from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Traded to Pittsburgh by Kansas City for Denis Herron and Jean-Guy Lagace, January 10, 1975. Transferred to Colorado from Pittsburgh with Simon Nolet and the loan of Colin Campbell for the 1976-77 season (September 1, 1976) as compensation for Pittsburgh's signing of free agent Denis Herron, August 7, 1976. Signed as a free agent by Quebec, September 14, 1980. Traded to Hartford by Quebec with Quebec's 4th round choice (Ron Chyzowski) in 1983 Entry Draft for John Garrett, January 12, 1982.