A nice return from one of hockey’s stars, Tomas Plekanec, assistant captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Like many Canadian teams, the Canadiens are one of my favorites to send fan mail to, to get autographs in return. They continue to be one of the most consistent signers, where even Carey Price and Shea Weber will return mail in a reasonable time.
Tomas was drafted in the 2001 NHL entry draft, 71st overall, in a round which brought fellow all-star Patrick Sharp. Of that draft, Tomas has done his fair share of exceeding expectations, gathering almost 600 points in the process and being 7th overall in points.
I recall meeting Tomas during the outdoor game in Calgary, where he graciously signed for me – even as he was already walking away. It’s moments like these where taking just a few extra seconds to sign something for a fan can mean the difference between a lifetime fan or a disgruntled one. I’m glad he chose the former as I’ll always remember that.