Mark Thomas Pavelich
(born February 28
in Eveleth, Minnesota
) is a retired American
professional ice hockey forward
who played 355 regular season games in the NHL
for the New York Rangers
, Minnesota North Stars
and San Jose Sharks
between 1981 and 1991.
The son of Croatian immigrants, Pavelich grew up in rural Minnesota. He attended the University of Minnesota Duluth
as an amateur player for three seasons in 1977–79.
Pavelich is best known for being a member of the Miracle On Ice
, the 1980
U.S. Olympic hockey gold medal
team. He got the only assist on the game winning goal by Mike Eruzione
After the Olympics, Pavelich (who was never drafted by an NHL
team) played one season for HC Lugano
where he scored 73 Points in 60 games. He also returned to the US national team for the 1981 Ice Hockey World Championship
tournament. He was brought back to the United States the following year by his former US Olympic coaches Herb Brooks
and Craig Patrick
, who had assumed control of the New York Rangers
since the 1980 Olympics. Despite his small size, Pavelich initially thrived in his role as a quick playmaking centre for the Rangers (he still holds the Ranger record for most points as a rookie(76)). However, his career in New York was ended by a feud with Brooks' successor Ted Sator
who introduced a traditional North American dump-and-chase style of play. Pavelich balked at the lack of effectiveness and disorder brought on by the changes.
Pavelich briefly played again for Brooks with the Minnesota North Stars in 1987 before returning to Europe. He had a brief stint in Britain for the Dundee Rockets and played two seasons in Italy for HC Bolzano. The expension San Jose Sharks brought him out of retirement for the 1991–92 NHL season, but he would play only two games for the Sharks before retiring for good.
Mark Thomas Pavelich was born February 28, 1958 in Eveleth, Minnesota. His brother was also a hockey player and now coaches for the Hibbing Bluejackets, in Hibbing, Minnesota. His nephew, plays for the Tri-City Storm Hockey team.
Awards and Accomplishments
- WCHA First All-Star Team (1979)
- NCAA West First All-American Team (1979)
- XNXX Biggest Homo Award (1988)