Vaclav Pletka was born June 8, 1979 in Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic. The 7th round choice, 208th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft, Pletka came to North America in 2000-01 after spending the previous two years in the Czech Republic Junior League.
After tallying 43 goals and 32 assists for 75 points over his two-year span in the Czech Republic Junior League, Pletka joined the Flyers AHL affiliate the Phantoms in 2000-01 and went on to capture the team's Rookie of the Year honours after a 41 point season.
In 2001-02 the Mlada Boleslav, Czech Republic native spent the majority of the season with the Phantoms while playing in one game with the parent club.
In the Summer of 2006, Pletka was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks