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Ex-UMD and Olympic Hockey Standout Mark Pavelich Arrested on Assault Charges

Mark Pavelich Mark Pavelich |  Photo: Cook County Jail

WDIO Sports
Updated: August 20, 2019 10:04 PM

Grand Marais, Minn. - Former UMD and U.S. Olympic Hockey Center Mark Pavelich has been arrested on multiple charges, including felony assault and gun-related.

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Brady Slater of the Duluth News Tribune reports that the 61-year old Pavelich was charged in District Court in Grand Marais on Monday with four counts related to striking his neighbor on the back, arms and legs with a metal pole during an alleged incident on Thursday, August 15th in the Lutsen area. Pavelich was additionally charged with being in possession of an illegally shortened shotgun which had its serial numbers filed down. During his initial court appearance, Pavelich was ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. Results of Pavelich's mental health exam must be reported to the court within 60 days in advance of a competency hearing.

Pavelich is listed on the Cook County Sheriff's Jail Roster as of Tuesday afternoon.

Pavelich played high school hockey for Eveleth. He went on to play three seasons as a center for UMD from 1976-79, where he was an All-American selection. He was also part of the famous 1980 United States 'Miracle On Ice' Team that defeated the Soviet Union and went on to win the gold medal in the Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. Pavelich also played in the National Hockey League (NHL) from 1981 to 1992, mostly with the New York Rangers. He also spent time with the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.

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