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Position Center
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) The Mechanic, Turtlenec
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
189 lb (86 kg)
NHL Team Montreal Canadiens
Nationality Flag of the Czech Republic Czech
Born October 31 1982 (1982-10-31) (age 27),
Kladno, CS
NHL Draft 71st overall, 2001
Montreal Canadiens
Pro Career 2003 – present


Tomáš Plekanec (born October 31, 1982) is a Czech ice hockey centre currently playing for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).

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Playing career

Playing for HC Kladno of the Czech Extraliga, Plekanec was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the 3rd round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. After a second full season in his native Czech Republic, Plekanec came to North America to play for the Canadiens' minor league affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded 46 points in his professional rookie season in 2002–03, then improved to 66 points the following season. He also made his NHL debut in the 2003–04 season, playing in two games. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Plekanec remained in Hamilton for a third AHL season.

In 2005–06, Plekanec became a fixture in the Canadiens' lineup, scoring 29 points in his NHL rookie campaign. He improved to 47 points the next season in 2006–07 and notched his first 20-goal effort. On February 29, 2008, Plekanec recorded his first NHL hat trick in a 6–2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres. He completed the season with 29 goals and 69 points. Plekanec received a two-game suspension on February 12, 2009, for a supposed slewfoot on Edmonton Oilers defenceman Denis Grebeshkov on February 11. Grebeshkov suffered a high ankle sprain on the play.

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International play

Medal record
Competitor for  Czech Republic
Ice hockey
World Championships
Silver 2006 Latvia
World Junior Championships
Gold 2001

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 2 points in 6 games. He then helped the Czechs to a gold medal at the 2001 World Junior Championships with 2 points in 7 games. He made his second consecutive World Junior appearance in 2002 and improved to 7 points in 7 games.

After joining the NHL, Plekanec competed in the 2006 World Championships, where the Czech Republic captured a silver medal in Latvia. Plekanec scored the semi-final first Czech goal to defeat Finland 3–1 to put the Czechs in the gold medal game. He went on to make his second and third consecutive World Championships appearances in 2007 and 2008.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 HC Kladno Czech 3 0 0 0 0
2000–01 HC Kladno Czech 47 9 9 18 24
2001–02 HC Kladno Czech 48 7 16 23 28
2002–03 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 77 19 27 46 74 13 3 2 5 8
2003–04 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 74 23 43 66 90 10 2 5 7 6
2003–04 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 80 29 35 64 68 4 2 4 6 6
2005–06 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2005–06 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 9 20 29 32 6 0 4 4 6
2006–07 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 20 27 47 36
2007–08 Montreal Canadiens NHL 81 29 40 69 38 12 4 5 9 2
2008–09 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 20 19 39 54 3 0 0 0 4
NHL totals 311 78 106 184 160 21 4 9 13 12

International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2000 U18 6 1 1 2 2
2001 WJC 7 1 1 2 6
2002 WJC 7 3 4 7 0
2006 WC 9 3 0 3 20
2007 WC 7 4 4 8 2
2008 WC
Senior int'l totals 16 7 4 11 22

External links

  • Tomas Plekanec official site
  • Tomáš Plekanec's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • ESPN.com profile
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