Alex Plante
Alex Plante
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons
Position Defence
Shoots Right
6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
230 lb (105 kg)
NHL Team Edmonton Oilers
Born May 9 1989 (1989-05-09) (age 28),
Brandon, MB, CAN
NHL Draft 15th overall, 2007
Edmonton Oilers
Pro Career 2009 – present

Alexandre Plante (born May 9, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who is currently playing for the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers 15th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft and made his National Hockey League (NHL) debut in 2009–10. He is the son of former professional defenceman Cam Plante, while his brother, Tyler, is a goaltender in the Florida Panthers organization.

Playing career Edit

Alex Plante Hitmen

Plante in a Calgary Hitmen uniform in 2008

Plante played junior hockey for the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The Hitmen selected him with their second round pick, 21st overall, in the 2004 WHL Bantam Draft.[1] He established himself as a regular on Calgary's blue line in 2005–06, playing in 54 games. He appeared in 58 more in 2006–07 and attracted greater attention from NHL scouts in the 2007 playoffs, scoring 11 points in 13 games. As a result, the Edmonton Oilers selected him 15th overall in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, a higher position than he was initially expected to go.[2] Several injuries limited Plante to 36 games in 2007–08 and he failed to report to Calgary's training camp prior to the 2008–09 WHL season, claiming that the team had treated him poorly the previous year.[3] While he initially demanded a trade out of Calgary,[4] Plante ultimately recanted and returned to the Hitmen early in the season.[5] He rebounded from his "nightmare season" in 2007–08 to rank among the leaders of the Hitmen defence with 45 points in the regular season and another 15 in the playoffs before Calgary was upset in the league championship series by the Kelowna Rockets.[6]

The Oilers signed Plante to a three-year contract following the season.[7] He began his professional career in 2009–10 with Edmonton's top minor league affiliate, the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL).[8] Several injuries on Edmonton's defence led the Oilers to recall Plante, and he made his NHL debut on February 1, 2010 against the Carolina Hurricanes and recorded an assist.[9] He was returned to Springfield as injured players returned to the Oilers' lineup.[10]

Career statistics Edit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2004–05 Calgary Hitmen WHL 8 0 0 0 6 11 0 0 0 17
2005–06 Calgary Hitmen WHL 54 1 3 4 72 13 0 0 0 6
2006–07 Calgary Hitmen WHL 58 8 30 38 81 13 5 6 11 14
2007–08 Calgary Hitmen WHL 36 1 1 2 28 15 0 4 4 10
2008–09 Calgary Hitmen WHL 68 8 37 45 157 18 6 9 15 41
2009–10 Springfield Falcons AHL 49 2 7 9 122
2009–10 Edmonton Oilers NHL 4 0 1 1 2
2010–11 Edmonton Oilers NHL 3 0 0 0 11
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 73 2 15 17 138
NHL totals 7 0 1 1 13

References Edit

  1. in Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie: 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League, 44. 
  2. Unger, Scott (2007-06-23). Plante ripe for pickin'. Winnipeg Sun. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  3. Matheson, Jim (2008-08-31). Plante fails to report to camp. Edmonton Journal. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  4. Plante fed up with Hitmen. Edmonton Journal (2008-09-04). Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  5. Fisher, Scott (2008-10-01). Alex makes D most of it. Calgary Sun. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  6. Tychkowski, Robert (2009-05-12). Bittersweet year for prospect Plante. Edmonton Sun. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  7. Oilers sign first round pick Alex Plante. The Sports Network (2009-05-28). Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  8. Sypek, Fran (2009-11-19). Plante hoping farm work bears fruit in NHL. Edmonton Journal. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  9. Van Diest, Derek (2010-02-02). Plante shines in debut. Edmonton Sun. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.
  10. Van Diest, Derek (2010-02-08). Plante back with Falcons. Edmonton Sun. Retrieved on 2010-03-13.

External links Edit

Preceded by
Sam Gagner
Edmonton Oilers first round pick
Succeeded by
Riley Nash
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