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03-17-2013, 09:04 PM
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Jacques Plante

... is credited with being the first goaltender to actively "wander from his net" and play the puck, then refining it as his career progressed through the 50's & 60's, into the 70's. Story goes that while playing prior to joining the Habs, he had some Defencemen who were challenged when it came to skating. One guy could barely skate backwards, one guy couldnt turn left, another couldnt turn right. So he just started skating out & helped them by playing the puck, stopping it behind the net on shoot arounds which he innovated as well, ameliorating the risks. It stuck, and when he first started playing for the Canadiens, his wandering ways surely did freak out the Coaching fraternity, players & spectators. Previously, Goalies sticking close to the crease, short passes out, redirects & deflections only... not unlike some of Haseks unorthodox histrionics of several generations later I shouldnt think.

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