Andre Binette

Andre Binette can thank Bert Olmstead for his only NHL appearance. "Dirty Bertie" Olmstead fired the puck a little too high (a definite no-no) during the pre-game warm up, striking starting goalie Jacques Plante in the head. This happened in 1954, well before Plante would begin using his famous goalie mask. Plante was unable to play that night so the Habs brought junior goalie Binette out of the crowd to suit up for them! Binette performed well, allowing 4 goals in a 7-4 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks.

Binette, obviously encouraged by his one NHL game, turned pro the following year but bounced around with 5 minor league teams in 3 years before he decided to pack it in for good.


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