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 Bill Plante (Salmon River, 1979-2008)


Bill Plante began his Physical Education teaching and coaching career at Salmon River in the year 1979 and it carried on some 30 plus years.

The coaching records began to pile up starting in Coach Plante's first year as his Hockey Team won the NAC League and Section 10 Playoff Championships.  Then on to the 1st ever played New York State Hockey title held in the Hockey Capitol of America - Lake Placid, NY.   Being crowned the 1st State Champions led to many more state, sectional, and league titles.

Coach Plante holds the "record" for the most wins in New York State High School Hockey history with over 550 plus, and hopes to someday top the 600 plateau.

Bill also holds the "record" for the most State Championships ever won in New York State.

With a combination of about 38 Hockey League and Sectional Playoff Championships under his belt, Coach Plante also had an undefeated 4-0 trip to Sweden and Finland during the 1988-89 season.  At least 5 of his teams will be inducted into the New York State High School Hockey Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Lake Placid, with 3 being there already.  Also, in the first 3 years of the Salmon River Hall of Fame, 3 of his teams have been inducted, with many more to follow.  His son Marc played here for him all 4 of his high school years and served as a Captain and became an All-Star NAC player, as well as an All-State Player.  Marc was also inducted into the Shamrock "Athletic Wall of Honor."

NY State Rankings were always showered upon Coach Plante's teams every year of his coaching tenure, with a "record" five of them finishing the season #1.  Thirteen of those teams were Nationally Ranked, with the 2000-2001 team being the highest ranked NY State Public School ever at #4 in the U.S.A.  This team is also being inducted this year into the Salmon River Athletic Hall of Fame with an All-Time record of 27-2.

Bill is the co-founder of the New York State HS Hockey Coaches Association which is responsible for All-State selections,  All-Tournament selections at the States, Hall of Fame selections and was very influential in securing Lake Placid as the site for the Hall of Fame.

The New Hartford-Utica native also owned and worked at some of the best hockey schools in the country, including seminars and clinics.  Bill also coached youth sports such as Little League Baseball, Minor Hockey, and Pop Warner Football.  He also directed Youth All-Sports and Outdoor Camps.  Coach Plante worked in Major Jr. "A" hockey and Tier II Jr. "A" in Canada.  Before coming to Salmon River he had already gained professional experience working for the Toronto Blue Jays, both in the Minor Leagues and at the highest level.  Some of his playing-coaching days at the Semi-pro level landed some of his teammates in the Major Leagues.

Since the beginning, nine years ago, Coach Plante has been an active member of the Eastern Door and the North Team competing at the National Aboriginal Hockey Championships winning a number of Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals.  "Team Quebec" has been highly successful.  They have always been in the "Medal" rounds, including a Gold Medal Championship in 2007.

Bill was inducted into the New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, March 2009, for his dedication to the sport as a truly great coach who has contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.  This induction marks the 8th "Hall of Fame" Coach Plante has been enshrined into.

The New York State High School Hockey- Hall of Fame, located in the Lake Placid Olympic Center's '80 Rink hallway,  recognizes former outstanding Players, Coaches and Teams that have contributed noteworthy service to New York State high school hockey.

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