It’s been quite the week for Boston Bruins superstar forward David Pastrnak.
On Tuesday, the player everyone affectionately calls ‘Pasta’ launched his own Stop & Shop pasta brand that will sell for 88 cents (in honor of Pastrnak wearing No. 88), with all proceeds going to support pediatric cancer research and care at two Boston-based organizations, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
“I always try to help out as much as I can with the little things for young children,” Pastrnak told the media at his Pasta brand launch Tuesday.
As for what his favorite Pasta dish is, let’s just say it’s quite unique.
“I always have bolognese on the top. Sometimes I put ketchup on it, which makes all Americans look at me weird,” said Pastrnak, who is a native of the Czech Republic. “But that’s how I do it. It’s a little bit more juicy. The other one I do is a little bit of alfredo and pesto on top of the bolognese. That also doesn’t sound great, but it tastes delicious.”
The secret is out! Excited to announced my limited-edition pasta, that’s 88 cents and only available at @StopandShop. Proceeds from each box sold benefit pediatric cancer research at @DanaFarber & @TheJimmyFund. #PastaALAStopandShop #PastaPasta pic.twitter.com/sxXcn9YKeN
— davidpastrnak (@pastrnak96) October 5, 2021
Whatever floats his boat because on Thursday, the Boston Bruins winger was one of three players named to the Czech Olympic Men’s Hockey Team, along with Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jakub Voracek, and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ondrej Palat. Back on September 30, Pastrnak was asked about the prospect of this becoming a reality.
Back to Beijing.@pastrnak96 has been named to Team Czech Republic for the 2022 Winter Olympics. 🇨🇿
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) October 7, 2021
“Really excited. It’s one of the dreams growing up as a kid,” Pastrnak said. “Pretty much all you see back home with the time change was the national team [on television]…hopefully everything goes as planned and I’ll have the opportunity to represent my country.”
The best pure goal scorer on the Boston Bruins has represented the Czech Republic seven times already. He wore his country’s colors three times (2016, 2017, 2018) at the World Championships; three times (2014, 2015, 2016), in the World Junior Championships, and once at the World Cup of Hockey in 2017. In his most recent international experience, he had four goals and five assists in five games at the 2018 World Championships.