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03-19-2005, 01:47 PM
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I used to play with a guy named Mike Pavelski, who everybody thought was a sure-fire NHLer. Had a lot of talent, but more than anything else was an extremely disciplined and focused player - the kind of guy you knew was going to find a way to succeed no matter what the situation, the kind of guy you want out on the ice for the last shift of a close game. I think he was drafted by the Flyers, but I lost track of him after that. Never knew where he wound up.

I always thought he was probably the best player ever to come out of my little Wisconsin hometown, until the other day I noticed there's a kid named Joe Pavelski lighting it up the Badgers. I googled the kid this morning, and sure enough, he's Mike's son. Mike may never have made it to the NHL, but it looks like his genes will.

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