Boston Bruins sniper David Pastrnak has been named the Czech Player of the Year for the second year in a row, claiming the coveted Zlata Hockejka (Golden Stick) award for his 2017-18 season.
Pastrnak edged out fellow Czechs Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers and Bruins teammate David Krejci for the honor based on his productive season on the Bruins’ top line alongside Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
The 22 year old native of Havirov, Czech Republic put up a career high 35 goals and 80 points in 82 games this past season, a jump of 10 points from his previous total.
Pastrnak is currently in the Czech Republic enjoying his offseason and so was on hand to accept the award and make a short speech.
For those of us who aren’t exactly up on our Czech, that translates roughly to:
“I don’t play hockey for prizes like this, but for the love of the game. But I appreciate this. It’s a huge honor for me.”
Pastrnak emerged as a true superstar player in 2017-18 and is poised to do even better things moving forward. This offseason should also serve as a perfect opportunity for Pastrnak to get some rest before returning to Boston better than ever. You may recall that last offseason Bruins fans had to endure months of trade rumors and speculation about Pastrnak’s future before he ultimately signed a six year, $40 million agreement with the team in mid September.
Originally drafted by the Bruins in the first round (25th overall) of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrnak exploded onto the scene in 2014-15, scoring 10 goals and 27 points in just 46 games during his rookie season. Over the past four seasons the young Czech sniper has developed into one of the most dynamic goal scorers in the NHL and together with linemates Bergeron and Marchand, he comprises one of, if not THE, best line in all of hockey. This honor is well deserved, here’s hoping we’re witness to many, many more awards before this kid’s career is over.
Congrats, Pasta! Here’s to many more awards!