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.