Mark Pavelic, a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic ice hockey team, 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 Minnesota Star Tribune reports. Pavelic was under civil responsibility for attacking his neighbor with a four-foot metal pipe in August 2019.
Emergency police were called to Pavelic’s residence around 8:30 a.m. Thursday after a reported death. No one had seen the former NHLer since 8:00 the day before.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Pavelic joined the US team at Lake Placid, collecting an assist for the door of Mike Eruzione, who was the winner in a disorder over the praised Russian team. The Americans continued to beat Finland for the gold medal.
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Born at 5 feet 7 in Minnesota, he continued a seven-year career in the NHL that began in 1981, including stops with Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.
“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 won him the adoration of Rangers fans during his five-year term in New York. Mark helped inspire a nation through the integral role he played on the Wonder of Ice team during the 1980 Winter Olympics. Our thoughts are with Mark’s loved ones during this difficult time. “