Thursday, July 20, 2006

Plante back to Fury, signs three-year deal

Veteran defenseman Philippe Plante has signed a three-year contract with the Muskegon Fury, marking his return to the UHL team.

The six-foot, 200-pound Plante played in Muskegon in 2001-2002 (eight goals among 31 points) and started the 2002-2003 season with the Fury before being called up to the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins where he finished the season.

In 2003, Plante signed with the Montreal Canadiens and played two years in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The 27-year-old from Greenfield Park, Quebec played last season with the Frankfort Lions in the German Elite League.

“I am really happy to be coming back to Muskegon," Plante said. "Looking back on my career to this stage, without a doubt, my favorite year was my full year here in 2001-02 when we won the Cup. I have found my experiences in Muskegon to be enjoyable and a lot of fun and I am looking forward to playing here a lot more for the next three years. This contract will certainly provide a lot more stability for my family; especially considering that we have been moving around a lot the last eight or nine years.

"The best part about coming back to the Fury is that we always have a legitimate chance to win the championship every year. It will be nice to have the opportunity to win a few more rings before my career is over."


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