Mark Thomas Pavelich (born February 28, 1958 in Eveleth, Minnesota, United States and died in Sauk Center March 4, 20211) is an American professional ice hockey player. He was evolving at the center position.
Mark Pavelich played at the college level with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs from 1976 to 1979. He was part of the US team that beat the USSR team in the final round of the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, l ‘event being nicknamed the “Miracle on Ice”. In this match, he made two assists, including one on the winning goal scored by Mike Eruzione.
After the Olympics, he lined up with HC Lugano in Switzerland during the 1980-1981 season and achieved 73 points in 60 games. He left to play in the National Hockey League by signing with the New York Rangers in the summer of 1981 and found Herb Brooks, who was his coach at the Olympics. Despite his small size (1.73 m (5 ′ 8 ″)), he manages to establish himself as one of the best players on the team, achieving 76, 75 and 82 points in his first three seasons in the NHL. On February 23, 1983, he scored five goals in a Rangers game against the Hartford Whalers2.
On October 24, 1986, the Rangers traded him to the Minnesota North Stars for a draft pick2 but only played 12 games for 10 points with his home state team before returning to Europe. He played briefly in the UK with the Dundee Rockets and then played two seasons in Italy with HC Bolzano.
After a two-year hiatus, he arrives with the brand new San José Sharks team but his stint with the team will be very brief since he only plays two games. He is still credited with an assist on the very first goal scored in Sharks history which is scored by Craig Coxe3.
USA: ‘Miracle on ice’ Mark Pavelich has died
Mark Pavelich (63), former member of the 1980 Olympics hockey team known as “Miracle on Ice”, was found dead in a treatment clinic in Minnesota, USA confirmed. Hockey.
He will forever be a part of ice hockey history after the pivotal role he played in winning Lake Placid’s gold medal: he was indeed the author of the historic goal assist of Mike Eruzione in the final against the USSR.
He also played 29 times for HC Lugano, then in the NLB, between 1980 and 1981 (48 points), before leaving for the NHL and joining his coach Herb Brooks at the NY Rangers. From his first season, he charmed Madison Square Garden, where like Rookie, he obtained 76 points …
After quitting hockey, his life was difficult, with personal tragedies such as a fatal hunting accident and the accidental death of his wife. Profoundly depressed, he attacked a neighbor with an iron bar in 2019, so he was interned in the care facility where he died, probably affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
“The NY Rangers are saddened to learn of the passing of Mark Pavelich,” the Rangers said in a statement. “His determination, passion and dazzling playmaking skills earned him the adoration of Rangers fans during his five years of service in New York. Mark helped inspire a nation through the vital role he played in the “Miracle on Ice” team at the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Our hearts go out to those close to Mark during this difficult time. ”