“Miracle on Ice” star Mark Pavelic was found dead at the age of 63 in a mental health center, where he was beaten after “beating his neighbor with a metal pipe”
- Pavelic assisted on the winning goal in the USSR upset in 1980.
- After the 1980 Olympics, Pavelic continued to play in the NHL for a decade
- In 2019, Pavelic faced four crimes of beating his neighbor with a metal pole, but was found to be incompetent and involved in a psychiatric facility.
- Pavelic is the second member of the Miracle on Ice team to die
Mark Pavelic, who played a key role in the legendary Olympic team “Miracle on Ice”, died at the age of 63 after being found in a treatment center in Minnesota.
Prior to his death, Pavelic was receiving mental health treatment at Orel’s nest, where he was treated after an attack on a neighbor in August 2019.
The Star Tribune reports that the cause of Pavelic’s death is still unknown, but his body was taken to a medical expert’s office.
He had not been seen since around 8pm on Wednesday night and was probably dead for several hours when police were called to the center around 8:30 a.m. on Thursday morning.
Mark Pavelic, a member of the Miracle on Ice team, has died at the age of 63
Pavelic was in a medical center in Minnesota, where he was receiving mental health treatment
Pavelic faces four crimes after beating his neighbor with a metal pipe, resulting in cracked ribs, a bruised kidney and a broken vertebra, among other injuries.
However, a judge found that Pavelic was incompetent to stand trial in December 2019 and was engaged in a medical facility.
This summer he was transferred to the treatment center, where he eventually died.
He was due to appear in court on Tuesday in connection with his commitment to the treatment center.
“Our company is heartbroken that we have lost our friend and legend,” said Carolyn Bruno, a lawyer representing Pavelic in his engagement case.
“Mark has recently been filled with hope and renewal for the future. He has flourished in the new facility since leaving St. Peter’s.
Pavelic provided the winning aid for the disorder of the USSR in the game “Miracle on Ice” in 1980 (exhibition in February 1980 between the USA and the USSR in the photo)
The team will be immortalized by the 2004 film “Miracle” (game “Miracle on Ice” in the photo)
Pavelic is best known for playing for the 1980 US Olympic team, which upset the Soviet Union in one of the most famous sporting events of all time, before the team defeated Finland in the gold medal game.
Pavelic provided two assists in the game, including Mike Eruzione’s assist in winning the USSR 4-3.
He was portrayed by Chris Koch in the dramatization of the 2004 Olympic Games “Miracle.”
After the 1980 Olympics, the Minnesota-born man continued to play in the NHL for a decade, suitable for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.
Pavelic (right) will continue to play in the NHL for a decade with three teams, including the New York Rangers
In 355 games of the regular season, Pavelic scored 137 goals and provided 192 assists.
Hard times followed Pavelic after ending his career in the NHL in 1992.
Pavelic’s second wife, Kara, died in 2012 after falling from a balcony on the second floor of their home. She was 44 years old.
In 2014, Pavelic sold his gold medal at the 1980 Olympics for $ 262,900, claiming he wanted to provide financial security for his daughter.
It was purchased by Brian Raduentz, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who attended some of Pavelic’s high school and college games.
Pavelic is the second member of the famous Ice Miracle team to die after defender Bob Sutter died in 2014 of a heart attack.