2004-05: Tyler Plante had an exceptional rookie season for the Brandon Wheat Kings. He finished with a regular season record of 34-11-2 with a 2.58 goals against average and .907 save percentage. His 34 victories were third highest in the league, just two wins short of the top spot claimed by Seattle’s Bryan Bridges. Plante’s six shutouts broke the team record of five set by Josh Harding in 2003-04. Plante was 13-11 with a 2.94 GAA and .911 save percentage in playing all 24 playoff games for the Wheat Kings. His numbers were skewed a bit due to a tough game in Game 1 of of the second round with Calgary when the Hitmen scored six goals on 20 shots and an 8-3 loss to Kelowna in the last game of the WHL finals. Plante was the WHL Rookie of the Year.
2005-06: Plante’s numbers were less impressive in his second season with Brandon as the Wheat Kings slipped to the middle of the pack in the WHL standings. He finished with a record of 25-24 with four OT losses and 2 shutouts in 60 games with a 3.32 GAA and .898 save percentage. In six playoff games, he was 2-4 with a 3.00 GAA and .914 save percentage.
2006-07: Plante was again a workhorse for the Wheat Kings in his third WHL season. Plante finished with 30-14 with 9 OT losses and 4 shutouts with a 2.71 GAA and .911 save percentage after getting off to a slow start. In the playoffs his numbers were less impressive as the Wheat Kings defeated Prince Albert in the first round before falling to Calgary in the second round. Plante was 6-5 in eleven playoff games with a 3.37 GAA and .899 save percentage – numbers that looked a bit worse than they should have due to an 8-1 win by Calgary in Game 3 of the second round.
2007-08: Plante’s first pro season was divided between the AHL and ECHL. He began the season with the ECHL Florida Everblades and was 4-5 with 1 OT loss and 1 shutout with a 2.81 GAA and .921 save percentage. He was promoted to Rochester where he served as a back-up and part-time starter behind Adam Dennis (BUF). Plante finished with a 6-16 record with 1 OT loss in 25 games with a 3.56 GAA and .885 save percenantage on an Amerks team that finished with a league-low 24 wins.
2008-09: Plante had a bit of a roller coaster ride in his second season of pro hockey but played some of his best hockey at the end of the year. After opening the season with Rochester and failing to establish himself as the team’s starter, he was loaned to the Dayton Bombers, one of the weaker teams in the ECHL. He returned to Rochester late in the year and while the Amerks failed to make the AHL playoffs, Plante showed glimpses of the ability that made him a second-round pick in the draft in his last eight starts. Overall, Plante was 5-10 with 1 OT loss in 19 games with Rochester with a 3.25 GAA and .902 save percentage. In 19 games with Dayton, he was 6-11 with 1 OT loss and had a 3.35 GAA and .888 save percentage.
2009-10: Plante started the season with Rochester as the back-up to promising import Alexander Salak (FLA) but got an opportunity to play when Salak was injured mid-season and then took the Amerks on his back down the stretch and into the playoff series with Abbotsford. Plante also received a call-up to the Panthers in April due to an injury to starter Tomas Vokoun but did not see anytime as a backup to Scott Clemmensen. In 27 games with the Amerks, Plante was 12-12 with 1 OT loss and posted 3 shutouts with a 2.66 GAA and .914 save percentage. In the playoffs, Plante replaced Salak in the first period of the opening game of the playoffs and started the remaining six games against Abbotsford as the Amerks took a 3-1 lead but could not close out the Heat and fell in seven games. In game seven, Plante stopped 38 of 40 shots in a 2-0 loss.
2010-11: Plante was a workhorse for Rochester in his fourth pro season in the AHL, particularly after highly-regarded prospect Jacob Markstrom (FLA) was injured. Plante played 35 games for the Amerks and was 13-19 with 1 shutout. He had a 3.12 GAA and .909 save percentage.
Plante combines sound technique with a big body and quick hands. Plante's biggest strength may be his emotional composure and mental toughness.
Plante signed another one-year contract with the Panthers this summer. Plante took advantage of the additional time in net for Rochester last year that he received as a result of Markstrom’s injury. He worked on his game and his rebound control, and solidified his spot in the Panthers goaltending depth chart. Plante must continue to develop and push Markstrom and others in front of him if he is to make his way to the NHL. He has the mental toughness and technical skills to be a reliable backup in the NHL.