Just hours ago in the Czech Republic, the annual Zlata Hokejka award ceremony was held - aka the Golden Stick Award, voted on by Czech hockey people (I have no idea of the details, I don't speak Czech, but voting is explained below). Jaromir Jagr has won the award 11 times, including this year. Last year's winner was David Krejci, who came in third this year. Below is GIF from exclusive video in which Vladimir Sobotka accepts his fourth place finish and Krejci his third place finish.
When considering voting for the best Czech player, the main considerations are performance in the NHL season and playoffs, performance on the international state at the Olympics and World Championships. Jagr's performance in leading the Devils in scoring as well as his play in the Olympics and Worlds are what earned him his 11th win.
Here is Dominik Hasek announcing Sobotka as the fourth place finisher. Hasek himself has won the award five times.
As I said, I don't speak Czech, but a quick summary of Sobotka's discussion on stage mentions his struggle with injury this year and how he was able to make his debut with the Czech national team at the Worlds in May.
David Krejci was announced as the third place winner, which is good considering he had a poor season in comparison to when he won last year (and when they changed the rules for him back in 2011).
During Krejci's speech, he specifically mentioned his fans and made sure to thank them. Because he's awesome. We love you, French Fries.
The host says something about the Stanley Cup, but I who the hell knows what.
Here is an official release on the final totals of votes in the ceremony and on Jagr's win. Here are the final standings:
Gold Stick 2014 Final Standings
- Jaromir Jagr (New Jersey Devils, NHL) 524 462/436
- Tomáš Plekanec (Montreal Canadiens, NHL) 516 215/443
- David Krejci (Boston Bruins, NHL) No 445 457/297
- Vladimír Sobotka (Saint Louis Blues, NHL) 370 67/186
- Tomáš Hertl (San Jose Sharks, NHL): 346 134/168
- Ondřej Palát (Tampa Bay Lightning, NHL) 327, 127/125
- Marek Zidlicky (New Jersey Devils, NHL) 310 269/149
- Alexander Salak (SKA St. Petersburg, KHL) 248 69/181
- John Smith (Metallurg Magnitogorsk, KHL) 243 216/138
- Jiri Hudler (Calgary Flames, NHL) 191 190/32
Here are beyond the top 10. At the link above you can see the entirety of the list, as well as the ranking of top junior Czech players.
Gold Stick 2014 NEXT ORDER
- 13. Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers 181 (145/36)
- 14. Ales Hemsky, Ottawa Senators 149 (129/20)
- 19. Jan Hejda, Colorado Avalanche 57 (53/4)
- 21. Radko Gudas, Tampa Bay Lightning 43 (31/12 )
- 23. Radim Vrbata, Phoenix Coyotes 38 (28/11)
- 26. Patrik Elias (2012 winner), New Jersey Devils 24 (24/0)
- 27. Martin Hanzal, Phoenix Coyotes 23 (23/0)
- 28. Roman Polak, ST. Louis Blues 20 (10/10)
- 29. Ondřej Pavelec, Winnipeg Jets 17 (17/0)
- 30. Milan Michalek, Ottawa Senators 16 (12/4)
- The rest here.
As for voting, the translation of the above linked article explains:
"The organizers of the prestigious Golden Hockey Stick, whose first edition was held in 1969, are ČSLH in collaboration with the BPA sport marketing as in coaches poll voting representation, selections and youth clubs top league ČSLH representatives and journalists. In 2014 took place in three rounds - the deadline for the first round was the 12th third in 2014, fifth in 2014 on the 26th second and the third, decisive round of the ninth 6th 2014. Results of the first and second rounds are tallied ten nominees with the most points advanced in the final rounds, with the results from previous voting in it do not count."