He has many talents on the ice but the most talked about part of David Pastrnak’s 2018-19 season might just be a piece of game-used equipment.
If every picture tells a story, Pastrnak is proof that a hockey stick can do the same thing.
The colorful and creative piece used by the Bruins’ right winger in their 4-2 win over the Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium got some pre-game attention and now it’s on the auction block.
MeiGray Auctions is offering it as part of a newly launched sale of Bruins sticks from the January 1 nationally televised game. Bidding opened at $200 but it quickly climbed past $500 on Thursday and the auction will run until January 30.
Bauer worked with Pastrnak and Patrick Kane to create special customized designs that were exclusive to the Winter Classic.
Pastrnak’s has a rink full of different elements.
There’s the pasta emoji—a reference to his nickname. That’s at the top of the shaft.
Then just above the blade on the front end in gold chrome is the Boston skyline, representing his current home. On the back is the skyline of Prague in his homeland, the Czech Republic.
There’s a Czech lion, which comes from the Czech coat of arms, which is showcased on their national team’s jerseys.
The top half of the shaft is done in a football field style, with yard markings, to commemorate the game being played at the legendary college football venue. The date of the game, location and team names are also imprinted on the bottom of the shaft.
Bauer worked with Pastrnak to create a personalized logo that features his initials and his number 88. It’s in gold at the top of the shaft.
Fond of saying “YOLO” (“you only live once”), the stick includes that inscription below the name bar.
There is at least one nod to tradition—Pastrnak’s last name printed in block letters and both the handle and blade have been taped.
In all, there are 21 Bruins sticks in the auction, with each authenticated on site by MeiGray in cooperation with the Bruins. You can check out the auction here.