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ST LOUIS, MISSOURI - JANUARY 25: Meliza Humphrey, Manager/Honda National Advertising and Deputy NHL Commissioner Bill Daly present a key to a Honda CR-V to 2020 NHL All-Star MVP David Pastrnak #88 of the Boston Bruins after the 2020 NHL All-Star Game between the Atlantic Division and Pacific Division at the Enterprise Center on January 25, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

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.

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.”

Katlin Hagstrom, who has been working on the front lines of the pandemic in her role at Tufts Medical Center, providing emergency care for patients battling COVID-19, was given a car by David Pastrnak. (Photo courtesy of the Boston Bruins.)

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.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.