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Catching up with: Tomas Plekanec (Part 1)

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL --He may be halfway across the globe in his native Czech Republic, but Tomas Plekanec is hard at work in preparation for the upcoming NHL season. The speedy centerman checked in to let us know how he’s keeping busy in Kladno this summer.

What have you been up to?
Not much really. I spent a week in Florida after the World Hockey Championship to relax, but then I headed back to the Czech Republic.

Are you watching the Olympics?
I’ve been watching a bit. The Czechs have a few gold medals and they’re surprising a lot of people. I’m impressed. This might be one of our best summer Olympics ever.

What Olympic event would you be good at?
I’d say soccer, but that’s not really an Olympic event. I think shot put would be cool. I could probably handle that.
You’ve already reviewed movies for CANADIENS Magazine, have you seen any good ones this summer?
I wish. I’ve seen a few, but my girlfriend and I have been pretty busy making plans for our new house. We’ve been working closely with the architect and it’s taking a lot more time than we thought.

Where are you building it?
Here in Kladno where I grew up. It’s a great location, only about 15 minutes outside Prague. I bought the land last year and now we’re working out the details about what my girlfriend and I want in the house. It’s stressful but pretty exciting, too.

What kind of special “Pleky” requests will be included in your new crib?

Stuff like a sauna and a hot tub are things I’ve always wanted, so they’re in the plans somewhere. My girlfriend just wants a huge kitchen. We’re getting there, but it’s been a lot of work.

Speaking of work, how is your offseason training going?
It’s been good. I’m doing the same program I got last year from Scotty [Livingston]. Since I had such a good season, I didn’t really want to change anything. The off-ice stuff is ok and I know it’s important, but it felt really good to get back on the ice in recent weeks. I’ve always preferred skating and practicing to everything else.

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Catching up with: Tomas Plekanec (Part 1)

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