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David Pastrňák
Czech professional ice hockey player

David Pastrňák

David Pastrňák
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Quick Facts

Intro Czech professional ice hockey player
Is Athlete Ice hockey player
From Czech Republic
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 May 1996, Havířov, Karviná District, Moravian-Silesian Region, Czech Republic
Age 26 years
Star sign Gemini
Stats
Height: 182 cm
Weight: 85 kg
Sports Teams
SK Karviná
AZ Havířov
The details (from wikipedia)

Biography

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

Early life

Pastrňák's father, Milan, wanted him to play ice hockey. Following a lengthy battle with cancer, Milan died in 2013. Pastrňák cites this as the reason why he began practicing and training so hard, hoping to make it as a hockey player for his father.

Playing career

During the 2011–12 season, Pastrňák led the Czech under-18 league in goals (41) and points (68). 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.

Pastrňák with the Providence Bruins, several days after he was assigned to the minor league affiliate, October 2014

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. 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. 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.

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. 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. 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.

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. 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. He also became the youngest player in NHL history to score six points in a single playoff game beating Wayne Gretzky's record. 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. 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. Pastrňák won the 2019 NHL All-Star Skills Competition Accuracy Shooting hitting five targets in 11.309 seconds. 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. 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. By March 19, 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.

On 14 October 2019, Pastrňák scored all four Bruins goals in a victory over the Anaheim Ducks, making him the 25th player in Bruins history to score four goals in one game. In the 2019–20 NHL season, Pastrňák finished with 48 goals tied with Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals for most goals in the NHL making him the first Bruins player to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy since it was created in 1999.

During the 2020–21 season, Pastrňák scored 20 goals to give him a career regular-season total of exactly 200. In the second round of the playoffs, he scored a hat trick against the New York Islanders to help give the Bruins a 1–0 series lead on May 29, 2021.

International play

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.

Personal life

Pastrňák's son with his girlfriend, Rebecca Rohlsson, named Viggo Rohl Pastrňák, was born on June 17, 2021 and died from unknown causes six days later, on June 23, 2021.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 HC AZ Havířov 2010 CZE U16 8 11 3 14 2
2011–12 HC AZ Havířov 2010 CZE U18 9 8 13 21 20
2011–12 HC AZ Havířov 2010 CZE.2 U20 3 0 1 1 2
2011–12 HC AZ Havířov 2010 CZE.3 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 HC Oceláři Třinec CZE U18 31 33 14 47 6
2012–13 Södertälje SK J18 5 5 8 13 4
2012–13 Södertälje SK J18 Allsv 2 1 0 1 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
2019–20 Boston Bruins NHL 70 48 47 95 40 10 3 7 10 2
2020–21 Boston Bruins NHL 48 20 28 48 24 11 7 8 15 8
NHL totals 438 200 227 427 195 63 27 41 68 28

International

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Czech Republic U17 8th 5 0 1 1 0
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 1 1 2 4
2013 Czech Republic IH18 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4 2 2 4 2
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 2 3 0
2014 Czech Republic WJC18 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 7 0 5 5 2
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 records

Award Year
Czech under-18 League
Most goals (41) 2012
Most game-winning goals (11) 2012
Most points (68) 2012
Czech Republic
Golden Hockey Stick 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
Sportsperson of the Year 2020
AHL
AHL Rookie of the Month (October) 2015
AHL All-Star Game 2015
NHL
NHL All-Star Game 2019, 2020
NHL All-Star Skills Competition “Accuracy Shooting” Winner 2019
NHL All-Star Game MVP 2020
Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy 2020
NHL First All-Star Team 2020
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
IIHF World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 2018
Boston Bruins
Seventh Player Award 2015, 2017
Eddie Shore Award 2017
John P. Bucyk Award 2017
Bruins Three Stars Awards 2019, 2020
Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy 2020
  • Elected Atlantic Division captain of the 2020 National Hockey League All-Star Game.

Records

NHL

  • Youngest player in NHL history to record six points in a single playoff game (21 years and 324 days) – 14 April 2018

Boston Bruins

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • First and only player in Bruins history to score all of his team's 4 goals of a game.
  • First and only player in Bruins history to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy.

Czech Republic

  • Youngest player in history to win the Golden Stick Award – 21 years and 27 days.
  • Most consecutive Golden Hockey Stick Award wins – 5
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 20 Nov 2021. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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