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Pastrnak Earns Second-Straight Czech Republic Player of the Year Award

Krejci finishes third in voting

by Mark Garbino @NHLBruins /

For the second year in a row, Bruins forward David Pastrnak received the Zlata Hokejka Award, presented annually to the top hockey player from the Czech Republic.

The 22-year-old winger recorded 35 goals and 45 assists for 80 points in 82 games in 2017-18, all of which were career highs. Pastrnak exploded offensively in the playoffs, racking up 20 points in 12 games, including a six-point performance in Game 2 of the first round, surpassing Wayne Gretzky as the youngest player in NHL history to accomplish the feat.


The top three finalists for the 2018 Golden Hockey Stick remained unchanged from 2017. Pastrnak topped Philadelphia Flyers forward Jakub Voracek, while fellow Bruin David Krejci finished third.

Krejci tallied 17 goals and 27 assists for 44 points in 64 games and ranked second on the team with a 51.91 faceoff-win percentage. The 32-year-old center added another three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 12 postseason games.

Pastrnak and Krejci turned heads when they were linemates on Team Czech Republic in the 2018 World Championships. Pastrnak scored four goals (two game winners) and added two assists for six points in five games, while Krejci registered six points in five games by the way of one goal and five assists.

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