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Tomas Plekanec named captain of Czech team for World Championships

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The Canadiens veteran will be captain of his National team for the third time

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After being the captain at the 2014 Olympics and 2012 World Championships, Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec was named captain of the Czech Republic's entry for the 2016 IIHF World Championships.

Plekanec had an underrated season for the Canadiens this year. He spent most of the year as their top scoring forward and eventually ended with 54 points (14 goals, 40 assists) in 82 games which was good enough for third in the team behind only Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk.

In 49 career games at the World Championships, Plekanec has 36 points (14 goals, 22 assists). He has played 71 career games at the senior level for the Czech Republic and will add to that total with these World Championships in Russia and this summer's World Cup of Hockey.