Plante picks up first point in NHL debut

 

Alex Plante was about to chow down on his pre-game meal, before heading over to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the American Hockey League Bruins when he got the word that his week was taking a turn.

 
 
 
 
 

EDMONTON — Alex Plante was about to chow down on his pre-game meal, before heading over to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I., for a Sunday afternoon tilt against the American Hockey League Bruins when he got the word that his week was taking a turn.

He grabbed his gear, called his folks, and flew to Edmonton.

Plante, the latest call-up to fill-in on the Oilers beat-up blue-line, played his first NHL game on Monday and picked up his first point, an assist.

“It’s something I’ve always dreamed about, to get to this level. Hopefully, I can learn as much as possible so I can eventually stay here,” he said before heading out to skate with veteran Jason Strudwick against the Carolina Hurricanes.

Plante’s dad, uncle and grandpa were in the stands after driving in from Manitoba.

“It’s tough when your team is struggling but I’m trying to learn as much as I can. I’m trying to take in everything I can,” continued Plante, who is sporting a shiner under his right eye.

Three days earlier, he had been clipped by the stick of Springfield Falcons teammate Jake Taylor during the morning practice.

“He felt really bad. He even wanted to drive me to the doctor’s office. I told him not to worry about it. That stuff happens.”

The Oilers took the six-foot-four defenceman, who is in his first pro season, 15th overall in the first round of the 2007 NHL entry draft. Sam Gagner was taken with their first first-round selection.

“We want to give him an opportunity to show what he’s learned to this point, how he’s improved,” said head coach Pat Quinn.

Edmonton Journal

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