Tyler Plante (born April 16, 1987) is an American-born Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender currently with the Sheffield Steelers of the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL).
Tyler was drafted by the Florida Panthers in the second round, 32nd overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Tyler gained NHL attention playing for the Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League and earning the Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy as the top rookie of the WHL in the 2004–05 season. After three full seasons with the Wheat Kings Plante was signed by the Panthers to a three-year entry level contract on June 1, 2007. Since then, he has spent most of his playing time with the Florida Panthers AHL affiliates, the Rochester Americans until 2011, then the San Antonio Rampage.
He was recalled up to Florida for a pre-season game at the start of the 2008–09 NHL season, but didn't get any playing time and started the season in Rochester. After a lackluster start with the Americans, he was demoted to the ECHL, and spent time with the Dayton Bombers. After spending over two months with the Bombers, he was called back up to Rochester.
On September 30, 2011, the Florida Panthers assigned Plante to play in the AHL with the San Antonio Rampage. With the Panthers stockpile of goaltending prospects, Plante was demoted to the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones before he opted to pursue a playing career abroad with the ambition to further his career. He signed a contract with Swedish second division club, Mora IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan. Plante played 6 games with Mora before signing with top tier club Djurgårdens IF. He dressed as backup for 11 games with Djurgårdens IF without seeing any ice time.
In the 2012–13 season, Plante was instrumental in helping HC Asiago win the Asia League Championship.
Plante was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. Plante was born in while his father, Cam, was a member of the Milwaukee Admirals. His brother, Alex, was a first round draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers.
Plante was married in the summer of 2013.
|2003–04||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||2||0||0||1||58||2||0||2.07||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||48||34||11||2||2833||122||6||2.58||.907||24||13||11||1408||69||0||2.94||.911|
|2005–06||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||60||25||24||5||3414||189||2||3.32||.898||6||2||4||360||18||0||3.00||.914|
|2006–07||Brandon Wheat Kings||WHL||54||30||14||2||3215||145||4||2.71||.911||11||6||5||659||37||0||3.37||.889|
|2011–12||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||2||0||2||0||96||5||0||3.14||.889||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|