By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
As if the first Rocket Richard Trophy of his NHL career wasn’t enough of an honor to hang his helmet on, David Pastrnak has now tied a Jaromir Jagr record by way of his fourth straight Golden Hockey Stick as the Czech Republic’s Player of the Year.
Grabbing 51 of 52 first-place votes, Pastrnak’s fourth straight victory came behind a career-high 48 goals and 95 points in 70 games for the Black and Gold. The Havirov Kid has only gotten better in every season since jumping to the NHL in 2014, too, with a 10-goal and 14-point uptick in last year’s then-career high numbers. Pastrnak was also the league’s most productive scorer while up a man, with a league-leading 20 power-play goals prior to the league’s COVID-19 pandemic pause and subsequent cancelation of the regular season.
(Imagine not giving him your first-place vote? Bananaland stuff.)
With four Golden Hockey Sticks to his name, Pastrnak is now tied with Vladimir Martinec for the third-most wins in the award’s history, trailing only Dominik Hasek (five) and Jagr (12). Legends!
And all he wants to properly celebrate the honor is some Dunks.
But I gotta admit, this all feels pretty pointless until Pastrnak gets his own brand of peanut butter.