A Tribute to Tomas Plekanec

As announced earlier today, Tomas Plekanec officially retired from the NHL after spending 15 years in the league; starting from the 2005-2006 season. All of his 1001 games, with the exception of 17 with Toronto, were spent with the Canadiens after being selected in the third round in 2001.

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In his 984 games as a Hab, he had 604 points, good for 13th all-time in Canadiens history. However, what Plekanec will be remembered for (aside from the iconic turtleneck) is his two-way play. When Saku Koivu departed from the team in 2009, Plekanec was left as Montreal’s first line center. For years, he filled that role the best he could and at times played above himself. Plekanec led the Canadiens in scoring in back-to-back seasons in 2009-10, and 2010-11.

For myself, my favourite memory from Plekanec will be his performance in the 2010 playoffs, where he not only shut down Alex Ovechkin, and then defending cup champion Sidney Crosby in back-to-back series, but provided the OT winner in Game 1 against the Capitals. His leadership provided a much-needed veteran impact to the Habs through two appearances in the conference finals in 2010 and 2014, and mentored a plethora of young Habs along the way.

When the Habs struggled, he was a symbol of hard work and consistency that represented what every Canadiens player should be. Even when Plekanec’s offensive ability began to fade in recent years, he remained a pillar of the team in terms of his defensive ability, and his true leadership.

Even in his first departure, the Canadiens benefited from the trade that sent him to the Leafs last March. Jacob Olofsson, the prospect selected with the 2nd round pick acquired in the deal from Toronto; is projected to be a solid prospect in the Canadiens organization.

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It’s the end of an era in Montreal; Plekanec was a symbol of Canadiens hockey from the mid-2000’s until the present day. Furthermore, he will go down as one of the most underrated players to wear a Habs jersey. From his turtleneck, to his goatee, to the many penalties killed off and the tireless efforts, we at All About The Habs, would like to formally wish Tomas Plekanec and his entire family a happy retirement from the NHL. We send our thanks for providing more than just hockey to the city of Montreal. You will always be a member of the Canadiens, for now until forever.

We’ll miss you, Pleky.

 

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One Response to A Tribute to Tomas Plekanec

  1. sad to see him go, at least he got his 1000 game, something that markov was cheated from…great team player.hope they keep him around to teach the youngsters

    Bay_Bye November 9, 2018 at 11:54 pm Reply

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