Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mark Pavelich
Growing up in rural Minnesota, Mark Pavelich absorbed much of the culture that surrounded him. He developed a passion for hunting, fishing, picking guitar, and playing hockey. Every Sunday, he'd sit glued to the tube, watching his heroes, Guy Lafleur, Bobby Orr, and Bobby Clarke, work their magic on his mind and against the opposition.

As he got older, he jumped into the deep stream of Minnesota's youth hockey tradition and excelled in his own right. He skated for the University of Minnesota-Duluth where he became an all-star from 1976 to 1979. In 1979-80, Pavelich left school to join the U.S. National Team in preparation for the Lake Placid Olympics. It was the brightest move of his career as the young squad of upstarts defeated the mighty Soviet Union to win the gold medal.

Afterwards, he bolted overseas to skate for a year in Switzerland. But the allure of the NHL couldn't be resisted forever. He returned Stateside in 1981 to sign with the New York Rangers as a free agent. In the Big Apple, Pavelich put to rest any concerns that he might be too small for big-league play. To the contrary, he himself felt that being small only made him more determined and a little meaner. And his first three campaigns with the club were offensively prolific. He translated his clever playmaking skills and solid two-way game into success on the scoreboard. He usually skated with Ron Duguay, Anders Hedberg, and Rob McClanahan during his Rangers days.

All was full speed ahead until 1985 when the Rangers put Ted Sator behind the bench. He introduced a new dump-and-chase style of play. Pavelich balked at the lack of effectiveness and disorder brought on by the changes. It didn't take long for the little centreman to grow disenchanted with his NHL experience.

In response, he elected to retire at the close of the 1985-86 season to return home for some fishing, hunting and music. But his former Olympic coach Herb Brooks enticed him to join the Minnesota North Stars where he played only briefly before heading overseas to play in Italy. He enjoyed two successful campaigns with Bolzano and then retired after the close of the 1988-89 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 37 12 7 19 8
1977-78 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 36 14 30 44 44
1978-79 U. of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 37 31 48 79 52
1979-80 United States Nat-Tm 53 15 30 45 12
1979-80 United States Olympics 7 1 6 7 2
1980-81 HC Lugano Swiss 60 24 49 73
1980-81 United States WEC-A 8 2 3 5 4
1981-82 New York Rangers NHL 79 33 43 76 67 +21 6 1 5 6 0
1982-83 New York Rangers NHL 78 37 38 75 52 +20 9 4 5 9 12
1983-84 New York Rangers NHL 77 29 53 82 96 +11 5 2 4 6 0
1984-85 New York Rangers NHL 48 14 31 45 29 +1 3 0 3 3 2
1985-86 New York Rangers NHL 59 20 20 40 82 -3
1986-87 Minnesota North Stars NHL 12 4 6 10 10 +7
1986-87 Dundee Rockets Britain 1 0 2 2 0
1987-88 HC Bolzano Italy 36 31 44 75 19 8 9 13 22 8
1988-89 HC Bolzano Italy 44 23 34 57 42
1989-90
1990-91
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 0 1 1 4 -2
NHL Totals 355 137 192 329 340 23 7 17 24 14


WCHA First All-Star Team (1979)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1979)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, June 5, 1981. Traded to Minnesota by NY Rangers for Minnesota's 2nd round pick (Troy Mallette) in 1988 NHL Draft, October 24, 1986. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, August 9, 1991.
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