David Pastrnak has been awarded the Golden Hockey Stick by the Czech hockey community for the fifth year in a row.
The Golden Hockey Stick is the Czech player of the year award, given by Czech hockey coaches and journalists. Originally specific to the highest Czechoslovak hockey league, it was extended to include Czech players from around the world, including players from other leagues, including the NHL and KHL.
Pasta is in rare company, joining only hockey icons Jaromir Jágr and Dominik Hašek in having won five times. Jágr won twelve times and Hašek five. Having won for the fifth straight season, Pasta passes Jágr for the most consecutive victories, (but not most total victories).
The most recent previous winners of the award prior to Pasta’s streak were:
Jaromír Jágr of the Florida Panthers
Jakub Voráček of the Flyers
Jaromír Jágr of the New Jersey Devils
David Krejčí of the Bruins
Patrik Eliáš of the New Jersey Devils
and of course Jaromír Jágr of Avangard Omsk
Runners up for this year’s award were Ondrej Palat and David Krejci.