Pastr?ák with the Bruins in 2016
25 May 1996|
Haví?ov, Czech Republic
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)|
|NHL team||Boston Bruins|
|National team||Czech Republic|
25th overall, 2014|
David Pastr?ák (Czech pronunciation: ['dav?t 'pastra:k]; born 25 May 1996) is a Czech professional ice hockey right winger for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nicknamed "Pasta", he was selected by the Bruins in the first round, 25th overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.
Pastr?ák's father, Milan, wanted him to play ice hockey. Following a lengthy battle with cancer, Milan died in 2013. Pastr?ák cites this as the reason why he began practicing and training so hard, hoping to make it as a hockey player for his father.
During the 2011-12 season, Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák signed a three-year, entry-level contract on 15 July 2014.
Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák 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 Pastr?ák, who recorded 34 goals and 70 points to lead the Bruins in scoring. Additionally, Pastr?ák scored two goals and four points for the team during the 2017 playoffs.
During the closing months of the 2017-18 season, on 13 March 2018, Pastr?ák scored his first NHL hat-trick during a come-from-behind 6-4 Bruins' road win over the Carolina Hurricanes. On 14 April, Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák 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 Pastr?ák would appear in his first National Hockey League All-Star Game. On 16 January 2019, in a game against the Philadelphia Flyers Pastr?ák became the all-time leader for most goals in Boston Bruins history before the age of 23 passing Barry Pederson. Pastr?ák 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 Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák injured a tendon in his left thumb, and was listed to be out for two weeks. By March 19, Pastr?ák'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, Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák 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.
|Representing Czech Republic|
|Men's ice hockey|
|IIHF U18 Championships|
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament|
Pastr?ák 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, Pastr?ák was invited to participate at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.
Bold indicates led league
|Czech under-18 League|
|Most goals (41)||2012|
|Most game-winning goals (11)||2012|||
|Most points (68)||2012|
|Rookie of the Month (October)||2015|||
|AHL All-Star Game||2015|||
|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|
|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, 2020|||
|IIHF World Championship Top 3 Player on Team||2018|
|Seventh Player Award||2015, 2017|||
|Eddie Shore Award||2017|||
|John P. Bucyk Award||2017|
|Elizabeth C. Dufresne Trophy||2020|||
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.
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
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