Mark Pavelic, a member of the 1980 Olympic ice hockey team “Miracle on Ice”, who spent most of his seven-year NHL career with the Rangers, was found dead in a medical facility in central Minnesota.
The 63-year-old man died in Orel’s healing nest, where he was receiving mental health treatment, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported. Pavelic was under civil engagement after he attacked his neighbor with a four-meter metal pipe in August 2019.
Police were called to Pavelic’s residence around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after a death was reported. No one had seen Pavelic since 8:00 the day before.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
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Pavelic participated in the US team during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, as part of The Coneheads, collecting assistance for the goal of Mike Erusione, who won the semifinal round, upset by the lauded Soviet team. . The Americans continued to beat Finland for the gold medal.
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Born at 5 feet 7 in Minnesota, he continued his seven-year NHL career, which began in 1981 with Rangers and his former Olympic coaches, Herb Brooks and Craig Patrick. In a team with great personalities like Ron Dugway and Ron Greshner, the quiet Pavelic was hard-nosed and deft.
Pavelic centered Dugway in the lone season with 40 goals on the wing, which Duguey said “The post is” a big part of his job “and also scored 133 goals in 341 games of the regular season over five seasons with the” blue shirts “.
“I will always be so grateful that I was given the opportunity to play and that I had a friend in Mark Pavelic,” said Duguey. “He was the most selfless, kind and brave teammate. He was fearless. … Ranger fans adored him.”
Pavelic’s five-goal game on February 23, 1983, is still a recording of a franchise now shared with Mika Zibanejad.
“The New York Rangers are sad when they learn of Mark Pavelic’s death,” Rangers said in a statement. His determination, passion and dazzling ability to create games earned him the admiration of Rangers fans during his five-year tenure in New York. Mark helped inspire a nation through the integral role he played in the Wonder of Ice team. in the winter of the 1980 Olympics. “Our thoughts are with Mark’s loved ones during this difficult time.”
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His NHL career also included stops with the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.
Pavelic’s post-hockey life was one of his legal, personal and mental problems. His wife, Kara, died in 2012 at the age of 44 after falling from a balcony. In 2014, he sold his gold medal for $ 262,900, splitting the sale to help his older daughter. He clashed with neighbors and family, which eventually led to his imprisonment for assault in 2019, in which he accused a neighbor of “adding” beer to him.
In April 2020, family and friends told The Post that they hoped Pavelic was getting the help he needed.
“Mark doesn’t want to be the child on the mental health poster,” said former Rangers teammate Barry Beck. “But we’d like to see him be able to tell his story, not someone else telling it.”