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Ask the Sharks: Tomas Plihal

by Alison High / San Jose Sharks
Tomas Plihal isn’t a man of many words.

When caught up with the Sharks 25-year-old for his segment on Ask the Sharks, the left winger’s answers were short and sweet.

Below are his answers to your best questions:

Due to injuries to your teammates, Head Coach Todd McLellan has had to shift lines around. Does this affect your game in any way? Do you have a specific line that you prefer to play on right now? – Tim Hooke
No. It doesn’t matter to me who I’m playing with. It’s fine with everybody.

How has the mood changed in the locker room since Claude Lemieux has come aboard? – Glenn Delgado
Well, I think it’s still the same as it was before he was here. He always tries to get us to play better and better anyway.

San Jose Sharks' Tomas Plihal, right, of the Czech Republic, controls the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets' Derick Brassard defends during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Why do you have a curve in your shield? Is there a reason you have a shield like that? – Austin Hunt
No. It’s just the one I wear all the time. I’ve never had a straight one.

What was it like scoring your first career goal last year? What was going through your mind? – Stephen
That was a great, great feeling to get my first NHL goal. I will probably remember it all my life.

What was the first word you learned in English? – Mikaela
I don’t know (laughs). I learned English back home so I don’t know what my first word was. Probably ‘thank you’ or something like that.

What have you done in San Jose while you've been here? – Cynthia Ly
Nothing. Well, I went to the beach once just to look around. And I went to San Francisco. It was cool.

Who is your hockey idol? – Jennifer Ammari

I don’t have anybody from the NHL. I only have guys from back home. Nobody anyone would know. Maybe Markus Naslund.

What was the toughest time you had growing up playing hockey? Meaning was there any point where you thought you might quit? – Chris Roso
The toughest part was when my Dad was coaching me. I can say that was the toughest and the best. He was my coach and he was always yelling at me, but that was probably the best for me. I learned so much from him.

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