By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
Bruins superstar David Pastrnak just gets it.
The winner of a 2020 Honda CR-V after being named the MVP of the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Game earlier this year, Pastrnak has donated a 2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid to Tufts Medical Center nurse Kaitlin Hagstrom, the Bruins announced Wednesday.
Pasta serving up some holiday joy. ???? @pastrnak96 has donated the 2021 Honda CRV Hybrid he won for being named MVP of the 2020 NHL All-Star Game to @TuftsMedicalCtr nurse Kaitlin Hagstrom, who has been caring for patients on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. pic.twitter.com/yoFFOqAvjl— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) December 23, 2020
According to the Bruins, Pastrnak worked with the NHL, Honda, and the Bruins to identify an individual he felt was deserving of this gift, and as COVID-19 halted life as we know it in Boston and around the world, Pastrnak “wanted to show his gratitude for the many frontline healthcare heroes who are selflessly devoting themselves to battling this virus.”
In addition to her work on the frontlines of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, Hagstrom’s story as a single mother resonated with the 24-year-old Pastrnak, who, along with his brother Jakub, was raised by a single mother in the Czech Republic.
“I know you’re a single mother and I am raised by a single mother and I know how hard it is to raise a family as a single mother and how much work you have to put in and how hard it is,” Pastrnak said in a video message to Hagstrom. “I have so much respect for you.”
In addition to the Honda CR-V Hybrid, Kaitlin’s four-year-old son Shaun, who has started to learn how to skate, received brand new hockey equipment as part of the surprise gift.