The Legend of David Pastrnak only grew this past weekend, as the B’s sniper was honored with the Golden Hockey Stick (or the Zlatá hokejka in Czech) as the Czech Republic’s top hockey player for the 2021 year.
Capturing the honor is nothing new for Pastrnak, but this latest victory was certainly noteworthy, as this was Pastrnak’s fifth straight Golden Hockey Stick award, marking the first time any player has won the award in five straight seasons since its introduction in 1969. That realization truly gets insane when you realize some of the greats who have won the award in the past, namely Jaromir Jagr, who holds the all-time record for Golden Hockey Sticks, with 12 in his career.
But Pastrnak’s fifth also moved him up the award leaderboard’s all-time ranks, as he’s now tied with Dominik Hasek for the most wins all time, with five.
This season, Pastrnak captured 492 points in the voting, which put him ahead of the Lightning’s Ondrej Palat (472) and then-teammate David Krejci (338) for the most points among voters. Similar to the voting process of most NHL awards, the award is voted on representatives of the Czech Ice Hockey Association, coaches of the national team, members of the Czech Elite League teams, and sports journalists.
This latest win for Pastrnak comes following an injury-delayed season that came with 20 goals and 48 points in 48 regular season games, and a postseason with seven goals and 15 points in 11 games.
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