Mark Pavelich, a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic hockey crew who spent the majority of his seven-year NHL profession with the Rangers, was found dead at a remedy facility in central Minnesota.
The 63-year-old died at Eagle’s Therapeutic Nest, the place he was receiving psychological well being remedy, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Pavelich was below civil dedication after assaulting his neighbor with a four-foot metal pipe in August 2019.
Police had been known as to Pavelich’s residence round 8:30 a.m. Thursday after a reported loss of life. Nobody had seen Pavelich since 8 p.m. the day gone by.
The reason for loss of life was not instantly identified.
Pavelich starred for the U.S. squad during the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y., as a part of “The Coneheads” line, gathering an help on Mike Eruzione’s purpose that stood because the winner in a semifinal spherical upset over the vaunted Soviet Union crew. The Individuals went on to beat Finland for the gold medal.
“We’re saddened to listen to concerning the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey tweeted. “We lengthen our deepest condolences to Mark’s household & pals. “Perpetually part of hockey historical past.”
The 5-foot-7 Minnesota native went on to a seven-year NHL profession that started in 1981 with the Rangers and his former Olympic coaches, Herb Brooks and Craig Patrick. On a crew with huge personalities like Ron Duguay and Ron Greschner, the quiet Pavelich was hard-nosed and expert.
Pavelich centered Duguay within the winger’s lone 40-goal season, which Duguay instructed The Put up was “a lot of his doing,” and in addition recorded 133 targets in 341 common season video games over 5 seasons with the Blueshirts.
“I’ll at all times be so grateful to have been given the chance to play and to have had a good friend in Mark Pavelich,” Duguay stated. “He was essentially the most unselfish, sort and brave teammate. He was fearless. … The Ranger followers adored him.”
Pavelich’s five-goal sport on Feb. 23, 1983, remains to be a franchise document, now shared with Mika Zibanejad.
“The New York Rangers are saddened to be taught of the passing of Mark Pavelich,” the Rangers stated in an announcement. “His willpower, ardour, and dazzling playmaking potential earned him the adoration of Rangers followers throughout his five-year tenure in New York. Mark helped encourage a nation by the integral position he performed on the ‘Miracle on Ice’ crew within the 1980 Winter Olympics., Our ideas are with Mark’s family members throughout this tough time.”
His NHL profession additionally included stops with the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.
Pavelich’s post-hockey life was one in all authorized, private and psychological points. His spouse, Kara, died in 2012 on the age of 44 after falling off a balcony. In 2014, he famously offered his gold medal for $262,900, splitting the sale to assist his grownup daughter. He had run-ins with neighbors and household which finally led to his incarceration for the 2019 assault wherein he accused a neighbor of “spiking” his beer.
In April 2020, household and pals instructed The Put up they had been hopeful Pavelich was getting the assistance he wanted.
“Mark doesn’t need to be the poster youngster for psychological well being,” former Rangers teammate Barry Beck stated. “However we want to see him be capable to inform his story, and never have another person inform it for him.”