That's Not Hockey! (Paperback)
This children’s picture book is about the life of Jacques Plante, one of NHL Hockey’s best goalies. From a young age, Jacques was a creative, determined and passionate hockey player. It’s amazing to learn how Jacques Plante actually changed the way hockey is played as a result of the many injuries he endured! This is a super cool book for hockey enthusiasts! -Virgie— From Fickle February Staff Picks
The legendary goalie who revolutionized the game of hockey.
Young Jacques Plante's way of playing hockey may look different from everyone else's. Instead of a puck, he uses a tennis ball, and his shin pads are made out of potato sacks and wooden slats. But that's not going to stop him. He loves the game.
Jacques is drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in his mid-twenties. Fans love the unstoppable goalie as he leads his team to one victory after another. But there's a price to pay: pucks to the face result in a broken jaw, broken cheekbones, multiple stitches, and even a skull fracture.
One day, Jacques has had enough. He goes on the ice wearing a fiberglass mask. The coach orders him to take it off.
Finally, at a game against the New York Rangers, when yet another puck hits Jacques square in the face, he puts his foot down. He will not continue to play unless he's allowed to wear a mask.
Young hockey fans will enjoy this story of Jacques Plante, whose determination and love of the game brought about a revolutionary change to how it is played.