David Pastrnak, who tied Alex Ovechkin for the league lead in goals (48) this season, received his home country’s Golden Hockey Stick after being voted Czech Hockey Player of the Year. Pastrnak (519 points) beat out the Blackhawks’ Dominik Kubalik (370) and the Flyers’ Jakub Voracek (312), winning the Czech award for the fourth straight season. Pastrnak was voted first on 51 of 52 ballots.
“I want to hold a cup for the world champions and a Stanley Cup above my head,” Pastrnak said, according to NHL.com. “This is a pure individual trophy. I am very honored to have it, it is an inspiration for me. But I don’t play golf or tennis, so I won’t favor myself before my team.”
Jakub Vrana, who had 25 goals and 52 points in 69 games, was voted fourth best with 301 points.
For the Capitals’ 24-year-old, second-line forward, it was the first time he had been voted into the top ten of his career.
Other notables include former Capital Dmitrij Jaskin (ninth), who was named KHL MVP after leaving Washington over the offseason, and Capitals defenseman Michal Kempny (15th).
Former Capital Jaromir Jagr, who has won the award a record 12 times, finished 37th in voting after scoring 29 points in 38 games for his hometown Kladno at age 48.
Results of the Golden Hockey 2020 poll
1. David Pastrnak (Boston Bruins, NHL) 519 points
2. Dominik Kubalik (Chicago Blackhawks, NHL) 370
3. Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers, NHL) 312
4. Jakub Vrana (Washington Capitals, NHL) 301
5. Pavel Francouz ( Colorado Avalanche, NHL) 281
6. Milan Gulaš (HC Škoda Plzeň) 218
7. David Krejčí (Boston Bruins, NHL) 177
8. David Rittich (Calgary Flames, NHL) 123
9. Dmitrij Jaškin (Dynamo Moscow, KHL) 107
10. Filip Hronek (Detroit Red Wings, NHL) 97
11. Jan Kovář (EV Zug) 70 points
12. Tomáš Hertl (San Jose Sharks) 65
13. Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning) 46
14. Martin Nečas (Carolina Hurricanes) 33
15. Michal Kempný (Washington Capitals ) 17
16. Ladislav Šmíd (White Tigers Liberec) 15
17. Michal Birner (White Tigers Liberec) 13
18. Roman Will (Rogle BK) 11
19. – 21. Petr Holík (HC Kometa Brno), Dominik Hrachovina (White Tigers Liberec), and Lukáš Sedlák (Traktor Chelyabinsk) 8
22. Michal Repik (HC Sparta Prague) 7
23. – 24. Petr Vrana (HC Ocelari Trinec) and Martin Zaťovič (HC Kometa Brno) 6
25. – 26. Jakub Kovář (Avtomobilist Ekaterinburg) and Tomáš Rachůnek (HC Energie Karlovy Vary) 5
27. Jakub Jeřábek (Viťaz Podolsk) 4
28. – 31. Lukáš Dostál (Ilves Tampere), Tomáš Hyka (Traktor Chelyabinsk), Filip Chytil (New York Rangers), and Jakub Krejčík (Karpat Oulu) 3
32. – 35. Šimon Hrubec (Kunlun Red Star), Petr Mrázek (Carolina Hurricanes), Radim Šimek (San Jose Sharks), and Radim Zohorna (BK Mladá Boleslav) 2
36. – 40. Roman Červenka (SC Rapperswil), Jaromír Jágr (Knights of Kladno), Michal Moravčík (HC Verva Litvínov), Tomáš Rolinek (HC Dynamo Pardubice), and Lukáš Rousek (HC Sparta Prague) 1
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