Marty Pavelich

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Marty Pavelich
1954 Topps Marty Pavelich.JPG
Born (1927-11-06) November 6, 1927 (age 87)
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 168 lb (76 kg; 12 st 0 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1944–1957

Martin Nicholas Pavelich (born November 6, 1927) is a Canadian former ice hockey left winger. He played ten seasons for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League from 1947 until 1957.

Early career[edit]

Pavelich played three seasons (1944–47) of junior-league hockey with the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Galt Red Wings in Galt, Ontario. He played 74 regular season games for the team, scoring 52 goals, with 66 assists for a total of 118 points.[1]

NHL career[edit]

Pavelich joined the NHL Detroit Red Wings in 1947. He played a total of 634 regular season NHL games, scoring 93 goals and 159 assists for 252 points. His post-season record is 13 goals, 15 assists for 28 points in 93 games.[2] The Red Wings won the Stanley Cup four times (1950, 1952, 1954, 1955) during his career and he played in the NHL all-star games for those seasons.

Pavelich is regarded as an unsung hero of the early 1950s powerhouse Red Wing squad that also included Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay.[3] Wings manager, Jack Adams, referred to Pavelich as "one of the four key men around whom we build our hockey club."[4] Hockey journalist Stan Fischler, ranked him as the 4th best defensive forward of all time in his book Hockey's 100: A Personal Ranking of the Best Players in Hockey History.[5] Considered one of the best "shadows" of his time, his role was to check other team's top scorers, including the likes of Maurice "Rocket" Richard.[3][4]


Pavelich left the Red Wings at the end of the 1956-57 season. He and Ted Lindsay ran a successful plastics manufacturing business together that supplied parts to the automotive industry.[3] He currently resides in Big Sky, Montana.


  1. ^ "Marty Nicholas Pavelich". Legends of Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Marty Pavelich's player profile". Hockey Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Marty Pavelich 1953-54". Red Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  4. ^ a b Fischler, Stan & Shirley (2003). Who's Who in Hockey. Andrews McMeel Universal. ISBN 0-7407-1904-1. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  5. ^ "Marty Pavelich". Greatest Hockey Retrieved 2010-04-30.