“He had a great heart”: Tomáš Plekanec retires from professional hockey

Photo: Czech Radio

With a career spanning over two decades, 41-year-old Czech professional ice hockey player Tomáš Plekanec announced his retirement from the game on Saturday evening. Known as ‘Pleky’ by his devoted fans, he spent more than a decade with NHL team the Montreal Canadiens, and also played for the Czech national team, leading the squad as captain in the 2018 World Championships. To learn more about the legacy he will leave on the ice, I spoke with Radiožurnál sports reporter, František Kuna.

“As a player, he had a great heart – and Czech fans love him because when he played at the World Championships or for the Czech National team, he showed up. He played at 11 World Championships, and that was because many times the Montreal Canadiens did not make the playoffs, so he had the time to play for the Czech national team. For his opponents, they wanted to play with him, but not against him. He could be a little bit tough to play against.”

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Author: Amelia Mola-Schmidt