Induction Year: 2013
Northeastern Minnesota has seen its share of great hockey coaches, and without a doubt one of the first that comes to mind is Bruce Plante, who in his second tenure at Hermantown High School has turned the Hawks into a powerhouse, who makes regular appearances in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament. With his contributions to youth and high school sports in the Arrowhead, Mr. Plante enters the UW-Superior Hall of Fame as a recipient of the Mertz Mortorelli Coaching Achievement Award.
Following a playing career as a goaltender with the Yellowjacket hockey team, Mr. Plante graduated in 1973 and embarked on a coaching and teaching career that continues to this day. Mr. Plante just completed his 24th season as the head boys hockey coach at Hermantown, where he has built a resume that includes more than 400 wins, seven Lake Superior Conference Championships and nine appearances in the Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament.
Mr. Plante has seen his team finish in second place five times (1998, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) and bringing home a state championship in 2007, when the Hawks rolled over the competition and went undefeated.
In addition to his high school work, Mr. Plante coached the pee wee and bantam teams in Cloquet for 15 years.
Away from the hockey arena, Mr. Plante also spent many years coaching baseball. In 1991 he became the head baseball coach at Hermantown and for 11 years guided the Hawks on the diamond. His teams claimed four Lake Superior Conference titles and three times - 1996, 2001 and 2002 won their section and appeared in the Minnesota State High School Baseball Tournament, finishing as high as third place in 2002.
Mr. Plante has fashioned career coaching records of 183-73 in baseball and 435-185-18 in hockey.