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David Pastrňák (Czech pronunciation: [ˈdavɪt ˈpastr̩ɲaːk]; born 25 May 1996) nicknamed "Pasta”, is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected by the Bruins in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

David Pastrňák
David Pastrnak - Boston Bruins.jpg
Pastrňák with the Bruins in January 2016
Born (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996 (age 23)
Havířov, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Boston Bruins
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2014
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2014–present

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Early lifeEdit

Pastrňák's father wanted him to play ice hockey. Following a lengthy battle with cancer, his father died.[1][2] Pastrňák accounts this as the reason why he began practicing and training so hard, to make it as a hockey player for his father.

Playing careerEdit

During the 2011–12 season, Pastrňák led the Czech under-18 league in goals (41)[3] and points (68).[4] After being drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 25th pick overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrňák signed a three-year, entry-level contract on 15 July 2014.[5]

Pastrňák attended the Bruins' training camp for the 2014–15 season before being assigned to the Providence Bruins, the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, on 7 October 2014. He made his NHL debut with the Bruins on 24 November, logging 7:53 of ice time in a 3–2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. He scored the first two goals of his NHL career against Ray Emery on 10 January 2015, as the initial pair of goals resulting in a 3–1 Bruins' road win over the Philadelphia Flyers.[6] On 29 March, Pastrňák became the youngest Bruins' player in history to score an overtime, game-winning goal in regular season play in Boston's 2–1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[7] At the end of the season, he was one of just two players selected in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft to play in more than 40 NHL games during the 2014–15 season, and along with fellow Bruins' rookie Ryan Spooner, led the team in offense during the last 20 games of the season.[8]

During a Bruins' regular season home game in the 2015–16 season, against the Penguins on 24 February 2016, Pastrňák became the youngest Bruins' player ever to score a penalty shot goal, which he scored only four minutes into the game, as the first goal en route to a 5–1 Bruins' defeat of the Penguins.[9] His popularity in Boston has led to Bruins' fans giving him the nickname "Pasta". On 28 October 2016, Pastrňák was suspended two games for an illegal check to the head of New York Rangers defenceman Daniel Girardi.[10] The 2016–17 season proved to be a breakout year for Pastrňák, who recorded 34 goals and 70 points to lead the Bruins in scoring. Additionally, Pastrňák scored two goals and four points for the team during the 2017 playoffs.

Entering the off-season, Pastrňák was a restricted free agent. On 14 September 2017, the Bruins re-signed Pastrňák to a six-year, $40 million contract extension worth $6.7 million annually.[11][12]

During the closing months of the 2017–18 season, on 13 March 2018, Pastrňák scored his first NHL hat-trick during a come-from-behind 6–4 Bruins' road win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[13] On 14 April, Pastrňák recorded another hat-trick along with three assists in a 7–3 home win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in game two of the Bruins' First Round series during the 2018 playoffs.[14] He also became the youngest player in NHL history to score six points in a single playoff game beating Wayne Gretzky's record.[15] The Bruins defeated the Maple Leafs in seven games but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Second Round.

During the 2018–19 season, Pastrňák played in his first NHL Winter Classic against the Chicago Blackhawks, scoring a goal to help the team win 4–2. On 2 January it was announced Pastrňák would appear in his first National Hockey League All-Star Game.[16] On 16 January 2019, in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers Pastrňák became the all-time leader for most goals in Boston Bruins history before the age of 23 passing Barry Pederson.[17] Pastrňák won the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition Accuracy Shooting hitting five targets in 11.309 seconds.[18] On 31 January 2019, in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers Pastrňák scored 2 goals including his 30th of the season becoming the first player in Bruins history to record three 30+ goal seasons before the age of 23 passing the two of Bobby Orr, Cam Neely and Barry Pederson.[19] However, after recording 66 points so far that season, Pastrňák injured a tendon in his left thumb, and was listed to be out for two weeks.[20] By March 19th, Pastrňák's left thumb tendon had healed enough for his return to NHL play, and by his fifth game back from being sidelined, on March 27 he scored his third career hat-trick, his latest coming against the New York Rangers with two assists in setting a career-high five-point night; on the way to a 6–3 Bruins home ice victory.[21]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Czech Republic
Men's ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
  2014 Finland
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2013 Czech Republic/Slovakia

Pastrňák has represented the Czech Republic's national teams at every level and has led his team in scoring numerous times. He won bronze at the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament and in 2014 he won silver at the 2014 IIHF World U18 Championships. In 2016, he joined the Czech Republic national team for the first time at the 2016 IIHF World Championship where the team finished fifth. He also represented the Czech Republic at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Following the Bruins' defeat by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Second Round of the 2018 playoffs, Pastrňák was invited to participate at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[22]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 AZ Havířov CZE.3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Södertälje SK J20 36 12 17 29 67 4 2 2 4 10
2012–13 Södertälje SK Allsv 11 2 1 3 0 5 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Södertälje SK J20 1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 0 0
2013–14 Södertälje SK Allsv 36 8 16 24 24
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 25 11 17 28 12 3 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 46 10 17 27 8
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 51 15 11 26 20
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 3 1 3 4 2
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 75 34 36 70 34 6 2 2 4 6
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 82 35 45 80 37 12 6 14 20 8
2018–19 Boston Bruins NHL 66 38 43 81 32 24 9 10 19 4
NHL totals 320 132 152 284 131 42 17 26 43 18

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Czech Republic U17 8th 5 0 1 1 0
2013 Czech Republic IH18   4 2 2 4 2
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 1 1 2 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC18   7 0 5 5 2
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 2 3 0
2015 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 6 7 4
2016 Czech Republic WJC 5th 4 1 3 4 0
2016 Czech Republic WC 5th 8 1 5 6 4
2016 Czech Republic WCH 6th 3 0 0 0 0
2017 Czech Republic WC 7th 8 1 6 7 4
2018 Czech Republic WC 7th 5 4 2 6 0
Junior totals 35 6 20 26 12
Senior totals 24 6 13 19 8

Awards, honors and recordsEdit

Award Year
Czech under-18 League
Most goals 2012
Most game-winning goals 2012 [23]
Most points 2012
AHL
Rookie of the Month (October) 2015 [23]
AHL All-Star Game 2015 [23]
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2019 [24]
NHL All-Star Skills Competition “Accuracy Shooting” Winner 2019 [25]
Prince of Wales Trophy 2019
International
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament bronze medal 2013
IIHF World U18 Championship silver medal 2014
IIHF World U20 Championship top 3 player on team 2015, 2016
Golden Hockey Stick 2017, 2018, 2019 [26][27][28]
IIHF World Championship top 3 player on team 2018
Boston Bruins
NESN Boston Bruins 7th Player Award 2015, 2017 [29][30]
  • NHL First Star of the Week, 5–11 November 2018

RecordsEdit

NHLEdit

  • Youngest player in NHL history to record six points in a single playoff game – 21 years and 324 days.

Boston BruinsEdit

  • Youngest player in franchise history to score an overtime, game-winning goal in regular season play – 29 March 2015
  • Youngest player to ever score a penalty shot goal – 24 February 2016
  • Youngest player to score 30 goals in regular season – 20 years and 291 days
  • Most goals in franchise history before the age of 23.[31]
  • Most 30+ goal seasons before the age of 23 in franchise history.
  • First and only player in franchise history to record three 30+ goal seasons before the age of 23.[32]

Czech RepublicEdit

  • Youngest player in history to win the Golden Stick Award – 21 years and 27 days.[33]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Switaj, Caryn (16 July 2014). "David Pastrnak Gets One Step Closer to Boston". NHL.com. Boston Bruins. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
  2. ^ "David Pastrnak – A portrait". 25 February 2014.
  3. ^ "Czech U18 most goals". eliteprospects.com. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  4. ^ "Czech U18 most points". eliteprospects.com. 27 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Bruins sign David Pastrnak, Matt Bartkowski". bigbadblog.com. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 15 July 2014.
  6. ^ Kimelman, Adam (10 January 2015). "Pastrnak's first two NHL goals lead Bruins past Flyers". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
  7. ^ Hunter, Brian (29 March 2015). "Panthers aim to gain ground on Bruins in wild card". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 31 March 2015.
  8. ^ David Pastrnak, Tuukka Rask Among Positives From Bruins’ 2014–15 Season
  9. ^ Isner, Jess (25 February 2016). "Pastrnak Leads Bruins to 5–1 Win Over Pittsburgh". bruins.nhl.com. Boston Bruins. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Bruins' Pastrnak suspended two games for illegal hit". CBS Sports. 28 October 2016. Retrieved 29 October 2016.
  11. ^ Clarke, Mary (14 September 2017). "Boston Bruins re-sign David Pastrnak to a 6-year, $40 million contract". SBNation.com. SBNation. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Bruins Sign David Pastrnak to 6-Year Contract Worth $40 Million". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. 14 September 2017. Retrieved 14 September 2017. Boston Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney announced today, September 14, that the team has signed forward David Pastrnak to a six-year contract through the 2022-23 season worth an average annual value of $6.67 million.
  13. ^ Dusterberg, Kurt (14 March 2018). "Bruins rally past Hurricanes, gain in Atlantic". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 14 March 2018. David Pastrnak scored his first NHL hat trick, including the game-winning goal, and the Boston Bruins rallied from three goals down in the third period to defeat the Carolina Hurricanes 6-4 at PNC Arena on Tuesday
  14. ^ "Pastrnak, Bruins crush Maple Leafs in Game 2 to take 2-0 series lead". sportsnet.ca. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
  15. ^ @ESPNStatsInfo (14 April 2018). "Circling back to David Pastrnak...He's now the youngest player in NHL history to score 6 points in a playoff game (21 years, 324 days). Entering today, Wayne Gretzky (22 years, 81 days) was youngest" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ Campbell, Lauren (2 January 2019). "David Pastrnak Lone Bruins Player To Be Selected To NHL All-Star Game". NESN.com. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  17. ^ Mullen, Logan (17 January 2019). "Bruins Notes: David Pastrnak Sets Franchise Record With Goal Vs. Flyers". NESN.com. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  18. ^ "Pastrnak wins accuracy shooting at All-Star Skills". NHL.com. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  19. ^ @StatsCentre (31 January 2019). "Scoring his 2nd tonight, David Pastrnak is the 1st player in @NHLBruins franchise history to record 3 seasons of 30+ goals before turning 23- passes the 2 by Bobby Orr, Barry Pederson & Cam Neely" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  20. ^ "Pastrnak out at least two weeks for Bruins". NHL.com. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  21. ^ Tolvo, Michael (28 March 2019). "Pastrnak's Career Night Paces Bruins To Win Over Rangers". nhl.com/bruins. National Hockey League. Retrieved 28 March 2019. In his first four games back from a thumb injury, David Pastrnak showed a bit of rust...On Wednesday night against the New York Rangers, Pastrnak showed no such signs...Pastrnak's final stat line of three goals and two assists marked a regular season career-high for points.
  22. ^ "Bruins Pastrnak, Krejci to join Czechs at ice hockey worlds". sportsnet.ca. 9 May 2018. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  23. ^ a b c "David Pastrnak at eliteprospects.com". www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 17 June 2018.
  24. ^ "David Pastrnak earns appearance to 2019 NHL All-Star Game". 98.5 The Sports Hub - Boston's Home For Sports. 3 January 2019. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  25. ^ "Pastrnak wins All-Star Accuracy contest". NBC Sports Boston. 25 January 2019. Retrieved 26 January 2019.
  26. ^ "Pastrnak Named Czech Republic Player of the Year". NHL.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  27. ^ "Pastrnak Earns Second-Straight Czech Republic Player of the Year Award". NHL.com. Retrieved 20 June 2018.
  28. ^ SkyonAir (17 June 2019). "David Pastrnak wins Best Czech player for third year in a row". Stanley Cup of Chowder. Retrieved 19 June 2019.
  29. ^ "Pastrnak Named Recipient Of NESN's 2015 Seventh Player Award". NHL.com. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  30. ^ "David Pastrnak Receives NESN's 7th Player Award". NHL.com. Retrieved 15 December 2018.
  31. ^ Relations, NHL Public (16 January 2019). "David Pastrnak has now recorded the most goals by a @nhlbruins player prior to his 23rd birthday. #NHLStats #BOSvsPHIpic.twitter.com/cZJRpLBKgF". @PR_NHL. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  32. ^ StatsCentre (31 January 2019). "David Pastrnak scored twice in an OT loss effort on Thursday night vs PHI and in the process, now has the most seasons on this all-time list of players 22 or younger with the @NHLBruinspic.twitter.com/KD9itpStVr". @StatsCentre. Retrieved 1 February 2019.
  33. ^ "David Pastrňák becomes youngest winner of Golden Hockey Stick". Retrieved 31 May 2018.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Malcolm Subban
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
2014
Succeeded by
Jakub Zbořil