Since watching Miracle and doing so much research on the history of American hockey I have always had a fascination with Mark Pavelich. Smooth skater, natural playmaker. One of Herb Brookes favorite players that he coached. A pure talent who believed hockey was fun.
Not only was it his talent but I feel drawn to the guy for being of similar background and similar attributes. For starters, I am a first generation Croatian American like he is. I am a forward and a righty and try to be a playmaker above all else.
Anyway, I can hardly find anything on the guy especially videos. Anyone wish to share stories, videos, articles. I have read some but wish to see more vids than him getting in brawls.
I think my favorite story of the guy was him retiring from the NHL for saying it was no longer fun. It was boring hockey and not what he wanted to do with his life so he retired to the wild of minnesota (pun intended) and enjoy the life of fishing, art and amaetur hockey.
Share more on one of Americans most talented players
First few comments seem about right, same thing I read and wrote about. Last few comments about injury and suffered around big city environment is new to me, and does not sound right.
Grew up in the farmlands of Minnesota. Hardworking kid who had a natural talent for hockey with a great skating ability, and good stickhandling on top of a gritty minnesota style of play.
Highly successful for Minnesota. Which is really a treat because NCAA hockey at around that time was all about Canadians who could not make the NHL or couldnt make it YET. Minnesota was really the only NCAA college hockey program that really dedicated to the growth of American hockey.
Around 140 points in about 100 games. One of Herbs favroite players because he was extremely well rounded and gifted.
Played about 60 games for USA in 79-80 and scored 52 points. Another treat because remember Americans did not have much depth and were a bunch of college kids, Canadians were on their way to the NHL, Soviets were among the best in the world, Swedes, Fins were semi pros and Czechs were on the same boat with the Soviets.
Went to play for the Rangers under Herb Brooks and nearly averaged a ppg under him. But when Ted Sator came into coach the team.
He said the game was no longer fun. Dump and chase was not his style. He did not enjoy having the puck and knowing his entire team wanted him to dump it. Brooks style worked for years and there was no reaosn to change it.
He retired because he no longer cared about the game. He retired to go live in Minnesota with his wife who was artist (recently passed away). He lived the easy life of fishing, amateur hockey, hunting and music.
When Brooks was named North Stars coach, he convinced Pavelich to come back. Nearly a PPG but here is where I am not sure what happened or why he left. Ill look more into it
He then went to go play in Italy. I love when guys r well traveled. He dominatd the league.
3 years later he was drafted nin the expansion draft by San Jose. He gave it a go, but it didnt excite him and he went back to retirement.
This is a original story of one gifted man who truly just loves the game from where it should be loved. The speed, the control, the teamwork. He didnt like the lifestyle of a pro under most coaches and though hs career was short. He had a very exciting hockey career. He is really an underrated player because ofhis short time
If memory serves me right, all 20 members of the Miracle on Ice team reunited for the first time in an exhibition game during the NHL's All-Star weekend in Los Angeles back in 2002---just before the Salt Lake Games. Pavelich, who tended to be conspicuously absent at previous reunions, delighted his ex-teammates by making the trip and making this a complete reunion.