Mark Pavelich, a member of the American Olympic hockey team “Miracle on Ice” from 1980, was found dead in a treatment plant in central Minnesota.
The 63-year-old died in Eagle’s Healing Nest, where he received mental health care, according to the Minnesota Star Tribune. Pavelich was under civilian obligation to attack his neighbor with a four-foot metal pipe in August 2019.
Emergency police were called to Pavelich’s residence around 6 p.m. 8.30am Thursday following a reported death. No one had seen the former NHLs since 6 p.m. 20 the previous day.
The cause of death was not immediately known.
Pavelich appeared on the American team in Lake Placid and collected an assist on Mike Eruzione̵
“We’re sad to hear about the end of the 1980 Olympic gold medal, Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey tweeted. “We express our deepest sympathy to Mark’s family and friends. “Forever a part of hockey history”.
The 5-foot-7 Minnesota native continued with a seven-year NHL career that began in 1981, including stops with the Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.
“The New York Rangers are saddened to hear of Mark Pavelich’s passing,” Rangers said in a statement. His determination, passion and dazzling playmaking ability earned him the admiration of Rangers fans during his five-year stint in New York. Mark helped inspire a nation through the integrated role he played on the ‘Miracle on Ice’ team at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Our thoughts are with Mark’s loved ones during this difficult time. ”