David Pastrňák

David Pastrňák
Pastrňák with the Boston Bruins in January 2016
Born (1996-05-25) 25 May 1996
Havířov, Czech Republic
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Boston Bruins
National team  Czech Republic
NHL Draft 25th overall, 2014
Boston Bruins
Playing career 2014present

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

Early life

Pastrňák's father wanted him to play ice hockey. Following a lengthy battle with cancer, his father died.[1][2] Pastrňák accounts this as the reason why he began practicing and training so hard, 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)[3] and points (68).[4] After being drafted by the Bruins in the 25th pick overall in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Pastrňák signed a three-year entry-level contract on 15 July 2014.[5]

Pastrňák attended Bruins training camp for the 2014–15 season before being assigned to the Providence Bruins, the team's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, on October 7, 2014. He later made his NHL debut with the Bruins on 24 November 2014, 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 matinée road win over the Philadelphia Flyers.[6] On 29 March, Pastrňák became the first Bruins player in team history to score an overtime, game-winning goal in regular season play in Boston's 2–1 road win over the Carolina Hurricanes.[7] 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 Boston in offense during the last 20 games of the season.[8]

During a Bruins home game of the 2015–16 regular season, against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 24 February 2016, Pastrňák became the youngest Bruins player ever to score a penalty shot goal only four minutes into the game, as the first goal en route to a 5–1 Bruins defeat of the Penguins.[9] 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 defenseman Daniel Girardi.[10] 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 2 goals and 4 points for the team during the 2017 playoffs.

Entering the offseason, 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.[11][12]

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 ice defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes.[13] On 14 April 2018, Pastrňák recorded another hat trick along with three assists in a 7–3 home ice win over the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game Two of the Bruins' Eastern Conference first round series during the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs.[14] He also became the youngest player in NHL history to score 6 points in a single playoff game, beating Wayne Gretzky's record.[15] The Bruins defeated the Leafs in seven games but lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the second round. Following the Bruins defeat, Pastrňák was invited to participate at the 2018 IIHF World Championship.[16]

International play

Medal record
Representing  Czech Republic
Men's ice hockey
IIHF U18 Championships
2014 Finland
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
2013 Czech Republic/Slovakia

David Pastrnak has represented the Czech Republic 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 men's national ice hockey team for the first time for the 2016 IIHF World Championship where the Czech Republic 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 Stanley Cup playoffs, Pastrnak was invited to participate at the 2018 IIHF World Championship. [17]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2011–12 AZ Havířov CZE.3 20000 20000
2012–13 Södertälje SK J20 3612172967 422410
2012–13 Södertälje SK Allsv 112130 50000
2013–14 Södertälje SK J20 11120 20000
2013–14 Södertälje SK Allsv 368162424
2014–15 Providence Bruins AHL 2511172812 30000
2014–15 Boston Bruins NHL 461017278
2015–16 Boston Bruins NHL 5115112620
2015–16 Providence Bruins AHL 31342
2016–17 Boston Bruins NHL 75 34 36 70 34 6 2 2 4 6
2017–18 Boston Bruins NHL 8235458037 12614208
NHL totals 2549410920399 188162414


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Czech Republic U17 8th 5 0 1 1 0
2013 Czech Republic IH18 4 2 2 4 2
2013 Czech Republic WJC18 7th 5 1 1 2 4
2014 Czech Republic WJC18 7 0 5 5 2
2014 Czech Republic WJC 6th 5 1 2 3 0
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 2012
Czech Under-18 League Most Game Winning Goals 2012 [18]
Czech Under-18 League Most points 2012
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Bronze Medal 2013
IIHF World U18 Championship Silver Medal 2014
AHL Rookie Of The Month 2015 [19]
AHL All-Star Game 2015 [20]
NESN Boston Bruins 7th Player Award 2015, 2017 [21]
IIHF World U20 Championship Top 3 Player On Team 2015, 2016
Golden Hockey Stick 2017, 2018 [22] [23]
IIHF World Championship Top 3 Player On Team 2018



  • Youngest player in NHL history to record 6 points in a single playoff game, at 21 years, 324 days.

Boston Bruins

  • Youngest Bruins player in history to score an overtime, game-winning goal in regular season play on March 29, 2015.
  • Youngest Bruins player to ever to score a penalty shot goal on February 24, 2016.
  • Youngest Bruin to score 30 goals in one regular season, at 20 years and 291 days.

Czech Republic

  • Youngest player in history to win the Golden Stick Award, at 21 years and 27 days.[24]


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  12. "Bruins Sign David Pastrnak to 6-Year Contract Worth $40 Million". nhl.com/bruins. Boston Bruins. September 14, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2017. 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.
  13. Dusterberg, Kurt (14 March 2018). "Bruins rally past Hurricanes, gain in Atlantic". nhl.com. National Hockey League. Retrieved 14 March 2018. 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
  14. "Pastrnak, Bruins crush Maple Leafs in Game 2 to take 2-0 series lead". sportsnet.ca. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2018.
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  23. "Hokejový nároďák on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2018-06-20.
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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Malcolm Subban
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
Succeeded by
Jakub Zboril
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