Sunday, November 08, 2009

Finally, some recognition for Pleky!

photography: Nadim Sioufi, a.k.a. Senseï.
So of course the Hockey season started a few months ago, and despite a rough start for our very own Montréal Canadians, the Habs are starting to shape up beautifully, as they are snatching last minute wins from some very tough teams. Unlike last year’s Diva roster when everyone played for their own glory, this year and with the absence of superstars like Kovalev, Koivu, and Tanguay, the players who happen to be a bit less talented and less “expensive”, are all on the ice rink to play for the team and to try and win it for one another (and for us of course).

What’s also very different this season, is that finally and unlike previous years, my favorite player, who in my modest opinion is the most useful player on the team, is finally getting the credit he so deserves.
For the past two weeks, the extremely hard working Tomas Plekanec is being described and talked about as being the most important player on the team. They finally recognized his true worth and gave credit to his contributions on the team; the team that is truly the pride of the city of Montr
éal, and every Montréaler.
I hate it when shy players, and players who don’t bitch and nag on every interview, fall into oblivion, while only superstar players are hovered over by the media. However for the past two or three weeks, every hockey related article I’ve read and every hockey related TV debate I’ve watched, did not fail to mention that the #14 Czech player with the Montréal Canadians, has been the best player on the team so far, and that since he plays as a center on the 2nd trio, he has been left alone most of the time with no one to support him and finish his smart and wicked passes... And that’s something I have been saying and repeating for the past 3 years. The experts are very late, but you know what? Better late than never; I am happy.
“Tomas Plekanec, un hero obscur” said one paper:
… il n’est certainement pas le joueur le plus populaire, le plus en vue, ou le mieux payé chez le Canadien… il est cependant l’un des plus utiles…”
translation (mine): he is certainly not the most popular player, or the one with the most media exposure, nor is he the most paid, but he is certainly one of the most useful players for the Canadians.
Even the CH’s coach Jacques Martin mentioned him more than once in the past two weeks:
“He never complains even if he plays with different trio players every game. He is an extremely versatile player and a very important one to our team – a key player dotted with unbelievable skills to adapt to each and every situation. He is even able to make his teammates look good and score goals…”
I would also like to add that lately, Plekanec has been doing almost everything on this ice rink. He has been passing the puck, scoring goals, defending fiercely and even fighting his own battles, which, because of his small posture, is really not his job to begin with…
Kudos to you Pleky, I hope you finish the season marvelously and without injuries. Keep up the good work and I will keep rooting for you… (That’s me in the photo by the way).
Here’s a beautiful tube of an amazing play he did last week. He took the puck from behind the own net and skated through 4 big players, only to deliver a beautiful calculated assist to his teammate to score, and win the game in overtime… of course that night, the credit went to Hamrlik the goal scorer… even the title of the tube is evidence of that…

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At 11:15 AM, Anonymous DJ CHantier said...

Ah! Finalement quelqu'un prêche pour un joueur qui en a bavé et a dû manger ses croûtes.

On voit que Pleky a attend un niveau de maturité digne de la LNH. Il est maintenant un joueur d'impact et un fabriquant de jeu et non juste un joueur qui ne fait que compléter le brillo des autres joueurs.

Bravo Plekanec!!

At 1:15 PM, Anonymous Serpico said...


At 11:14 PM, Blogger _z. said...

DJ Chantier_
Tu as raison. Il s'agit maintenant de trouver un complement a Plakanec. Un ailier quoi... mais la je me demande, pourquoi on ne pense jamais a mettre Pleky sur le premier trio? Je pense qu'il est bien meilleur que Gomez non?
Aussi, on se cherche un capitaine toujours... On pense a tout le monde sauf a Pleky!
Peux tu me dire pourquoi! ne me dis pas que ce n'est pas un rassembleur... calisse il a du character le gars la.



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