College Hockey:
Former UAH Player, CHA Exec, Dies at 31

— Former Alabama-Huntsville player, Jean-Marc Plante, who had been working in the school’s athletic department, collapsed and died Sunday of an apparent heart attack. He was 31.

Plante was playing a street hockey game in Madison, Ala., when he collapsed.

Plante, the athletic marketing director for Alabama-Huntsville, had worked in the front office of the NHL’s Florida Panthers and with minor league teams in Utah, Birmingham and Huntsville. He returned to UAH’s athletic department two years ago.

For the past two seasons, Plante served as CHA conference tournament director, and was a hockey ambassador for the 2001 NHL All-Star festivities in Denver. The Laval, Quebec, native played on Alabama-Huntsville’s first NCAA Division I team in 1988.

Plante played in a local adult hockey league and had just started coaching one of the Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association’s youth travel teams.

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