A Turtleneck: That Beautiful Fabric Around Tomas Plekanec's Neck

Brandon GersteinContributor INovember 3, 2009

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 1:  Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens celebrates a goal in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 1, 2009 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario. The Canadiens dfeated the Leafs 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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I hope that I'm not the only one who has spent hours thinking of Tomas Plekanec's turtleneck.  Maybe not hours, but it has intrigued me to the point where all I can do is wonder and guess.

So the following are some educated (some maybe not) guesses, a few hypotheses, as to why our Czech friend graces himself with that beautiful Turtlenec. (Get it?).

Well one of the obvious guess would be due to the infamous Clint Malarchuk incident, where his neck was sliced by a skate.  Because I don't think Plekanec would use a turtle neck to protect himself from a shotgun.

Another use would be just to warm his neck.  Its freakin' cold on that ice!  Sure they're hockey players and the skate full speed, go all out, and probably stay warm since their body heat would rise, but maybe Tomas does not sweat from his neck for some reason.  If your job's location was on ice as well, you would wear a turtleneck too, or at least a neck warmer.

However, since the aerodynamics of a neck warmer just don't make sense for ice hockey, he could have resulted with the turtleneck.  Perhaps our speedy friend is making a fashion statement.  Maybe it brings out his sparkling eyes.

Anyways, this fabric embedded with the CH logo which is wrapped around his neck has definitely not slowed the man down.  His feisty attitude and resurgence of play-making abilities has put him back on track at almost a point per game pace.

With the absence of neck guards in the NHL, I would hope that Plekanec's ambition and boldness will start a trend in the NHL.  Especially since the recent Richard Zednik injury.  These injuries are so rare but they do happen, and can be prevented or at least fought so easily. 

Tomas Plekanec is making extreme fashion statements and is now, finally after a season of trouble, using his play to make himself, and his trendy wardrobe, more known around the league.