Tomáš Plekanec

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Tomáš Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec - Montreal Canadiens.jpg
Plekanec with the Montreal Canadiens in 2015
Born (1982-10-31) 31 October 1982 (age 38)
Kladno, Czechoslovakia
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Centre
Shoots Left
ELH team
Former teams
Rytíři Kladno
Montreal Canadiens
Toronto Maple Leafs
National teamFlag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 71st overall, 2001
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1998present

Tomáš Plekanec (born 31 October 1982) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Rytíři Kladno of the Czech Extraliga (ELH). He played most of his professional career for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL), but also briefly dressed for their historic rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

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After beginning his career with HC Kladno, he was selected 71st overall by the Canadiens in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Moving to North America in 2002, he played three seasons for the Canadiens' American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs, before joining the NHL club full-time for the 2005–06 season. By the time of his retirement from the NHL, he had played over 1,000 NHL games and is seventh all-time in games played for the Canadiens.

During his NHL career, Plekanec was known league-wide for his use of a turtleneck undershirt. [1]

Playing career

Junior

Plekanec played junior ice hockey in his native Czech Republic with the HC Kladno organization. He debuted with club's senior team in 1998–99, appearing in three Czech Extraliga games.

Professional

Two years later, he joined the senior team full-time, recording 42 points over 53 games. In the off-season, Plekanec was selected by the Montreal Canadiens 71st overall in the third round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Remaining in the Czech Extraliga for a second full season, he scored 30 points over 43 games in 2001–02.

Plekanec came to North America to begin playing in the Canadiens' system in 2002–03. Assigned to the club's minor league affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, he recorded 46 points over 77 games. Improving to 66 points with Hamilton in 2003–04, he also made his NHL debut that season, playing in two games. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Plekanec remained in Hamilton for a third AHL season and recorded 64 points over 80 games.

In 2005–06, Plekanec became a fixture in the Canadiens' lineup, scoring 29 points in his NHL rookie season. He improved to 47 points the next season in 2006–07 and notched his first 20-goal effort. On 29 February 2008, Plekanec recorded his first NHL hat-trick in a 6–2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He completed the 2007–08 season with 29 goals and 69 points. Plekanec received a two-game suspension on 12 February 2009, for a slewfoot on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Denis Grebeshkov during a game the previous day. Grebeshkov suffered a high ankle sprain on the play. [2] He finished with a decreased 39 points in 2008–09, but still managed to notch 20 goals.

Plekanec with the Montreal Canadiens in April 2008 Plekanec 08.jpg
Plekanec with the Montreal Canadiens in April 2008

In the summer of 2009, he re-signed with the Canadiens to a one-year, $2.75 million contract. That season, he recorded a career-high 45 assists and 70 points. Set to become a free agent, he re-signed once more with the Canadiens on 22 June 2010, agreeing to a six-year, $30 million contract. [3] He scored 22 goals during the 2010–11 season.

Plekanec signed with Kladno during the 2012–13 NHL lockout. [4]

On 15 September 2014, Plekanec was named an alternate captain of the Canadiens, along with P. K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Andrei Markov. [5]

On 16 October 2015, Plekanec and the Canadiens agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract extension, signing him through until the end of the 2017–18 season. [6]

The Canadiens struggled during the 2017–18 season, as they spent much of the year near the bottom of league standings. As the trade deadline approached, rumours concerning a trade involving Plekanec began to circulate. He was held out of the lineup on 24 February (two days before the trade deadline) as a potential trade loomed. The following day, Plekanec (in the final year of his contract), was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs, along with minor league player Kyle Baun in exchange for Kerby Rychel, Rinat Valiev and a second-round pick in 2018. [7] During the opening round of the playoffs against the Boston Bruins, following a three-game suspension to Nazem Kadri, Plekanec was placed on a line with Patrick Marleau and Mitch Marner. [8] He scored two goals and four points in seven games, as the Maple Leafs were eliminated by the Bruins. [9]

Tomas Plekanec before a match in the Czech Extraleague on 11 October 2012, during the NHL lockout Tomas Plekanec.JPG
Tomáš Plekanec before a match in the Czech Extraleague on 11 October 2012, during the NHL lockout

On 1 July 2018, Plekanec returned to the Canadiens, signing a one-year, $2.25 million contract. [10] On 15 October 2018, Plekanec played in his 1,000th regular season NHL game, where he scored his first goal of the season. [11] [12]

On 9 November 2018, the Canadiens announced that they would be placing Plekanec on unconditional waivers for the purpose of terminating his contact. [13] The termination was a mutual decision, as Plekanec announced his retirement from the NHL on the same day. [14]

On 26 November 2018, Plekanec signed with Kometa Brno of the Czech Extraliga (ELH) and will additionally play for HC Kladno of the 1st Czech Republic Hockey League. [15] [16] [17]

International play

Medal record
Representing Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Latvia
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2011 Slovakia
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2012 Finland
World Junior Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2001 Russia

Plekanec played in three junior international tournaments with the Czech Republic. He was named to the under-18 team at the 2000 IIHF World U18 Championships, where he contributed two points in six games. He then helped the Czechs to a gold medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships with two points in seven games. He made his second consecutive World Junior appearance in 2002 and improved to seven points in seven games.

After his first NHL season, Plekanec competed in the 2006 World Championships, where the Czech Republic captured a silver medal in Latvia. Plekanec scored the Czechs' first goal in the semi-final, helping the team defeat Finland 3–1. He went on to make his second and third consecutive World Championships appearances in 2007 and 2008. He was a member of the bronze-medal Czech team in the 2011 World Championships.

On 31 December 2009, Plekanec was named to the Czech team for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He recorded three points in five games as the Czech Republic were defeated in the quarter-final by Finland. He has also competed for the Czech national inline hockey team.

On 6 January 2014, Plekanec was named captain of the Czech Republic team competing in the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Personal life

In 2019, Plekanec and Czech singer/actress Lucie Vondráčková are divorcing after seven years of marriage and under the circumstances labeled by the European tabloids as divorce of the year. Tomáš Plekanec’s divorce was noticeably mentioned by President Zeman in televised interview and Tomas is filling the front pages with his new companion. His sons Matyáš and Adam were born in Canada from his union with Vondráčková. In 2019, the court granted Tomáš the repatriation of his children to the Czech Republic despite the claim of his wife and her plead for them to stay in Montreal. [18] [19] [20]

Tomáš Plekanec has been in a relationship with professional tennis player Lucie Šafářová since August 2017 [21] and on July 4th, 2019, Safarova announced on her Instagram account that they are expecting their first child. [22]

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Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
1998–99 HC Velvana Kladno CZE U2053222042
1998–99 HC Velvana Kladno ELH 30000
1999–2000HC Velvana KladnoCZE U20431416304
1999–2000HK Lev Slaný CZE.3 30116
1999–2000HK Kralupy nad VltavouCZE.362242
2000–01HC Vagnerplast KladnoCZE U20964104
2000–01 HC Vagnerplast KladnoELH47991824
2000–01 HC Mladá Boleslav CZE.3455104
2001–02 HC Vagnerplast KladnoELH487162328
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 7719274674133258
2003–04 Hamilton BulldogsAHL7423436690102576
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 20000
2004–05 Hamilton BulldogsAHL802935646842466
2005–06 Hamilton BulldogsAHL20002
2005–06 Montreal CanadiensNHL67920293260446
2006–07 Montreal CanadiensNHL8120274736
2007–08 Montreal CanadiensNHL8129406938124592
2008–09 Montreal CanadiensNHL802019395430004
2009–10 Montreal CanadiensNHL822545705019471120
2010–11 Montreal CanadiensNHL772235576072352
2011–12 Montreal CanadiensNHL8117355256
2012–13 Rytíři KladnoELH3221254638
2012–13 Montreal CanadiensNHL471419332450442
2013–14 Montreal CanadiensNHL8120234338174598
2014–15 Montreal CanadiensNHL8226346046121346
2015–16 Montreal CanadiensNHL8214405436
2016–17 Montreal CanadiensNHL781018282461230
2017–18 Montreal CanadiensNHL606182439
2017–18 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL17022672242
2018–19 Montreal CanadiensNHL31010
2018–19Rytíři Kladno CZE.2 10571212104111514
2018–19 HC Kometa Brno ELH1607714
2019–20 HC Kometa BrnoELH5013203368
NHL totals1,0012333756085439418355352

International

YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2000 Czech Republic WJC18 6th61122
2001 Czech Republic WJC Gold medal icon.svg71126
2002 Czech RepublicWJC7th73470
2006 Czech Republic WC Silver medal icon.svg930320
2007 Czech RepublicWC7th74482
2008 Czech RepublicWC5th40332
2009 Czech RepublicWC6th70114
2010 Czech Republic OG 7th52132
2011 Czech RepublicWCBronze medal icon.svg864106
2012 Czech RepublicWCBronze medal icon.svg101674
2013 Czech RepublicWC7th20442
2014 Czech RepublicOG6th51340
2015 Czech RepublicWC4th20000
2016 Czech RepublicWC5th85058
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th30000
2017 Czech RepublicWC7th80004
2018 Czech RepublicWC7th80112
Junior totals2056118
Senior totals8622274956

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