The Odessa Jackalopes
The Odessa Jackalopes announced Thursday that defenseman Philippe Plante will join the team for the upcoming 2008-2009 Central Hockey League season, bringing nine years of professional hockey experience to the Permian Basin.
Plante spent the last two seasons in the International Hockey League with the Muskegon Fury as a teammate of fellow Jacks signee, Dave Van Drunen. In 145 games, the Greenfield Park, Quebec, native scored 116 points (25 goals, 91 assists) from the blue line, and was an all-star both seasons. Along with his time in the IHL, Plante has appeared in 180 games at the American Hockey League level, recording 59 points (20 goals, 39 assists) as a former Montreal Canadiens (NHL) prospect.
"(Plante) is a strong, experienced defenseman with good leadership skills," said Jacks head coach Paul Gillis. "We're very excited to have him lead our defense. He's a solid guy who can play in any situation."
Plante also spent the 2005-2006 season playing in Frankfurt, Germany.
"We're very excited, my wife's from Texas," said Plante, "I like the direction the team is going, and I'm looking forward to getting the season started."
Plante has had a brief taste of West Texas in his playing career. He played in 55 games for the Austin Ice Bats of the WPHL in 2000-2001. That year he netted 13 goals with 28 assists for the Bats. Before turning pro in 1999, Plante spent four years playing junior hockey in the QMJHL.
In his professional career Plante has appeared in 597 regular season games scoring 72 goals and adding 203 assists for 275 points. The 29-year-old defenseman has also played in 78 playoff games scoring eight goals and 11 assists.