Marty Pavelich

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Marty Pavelich
1954 Topps Marty Pavelich.JPG
Born (1927-11-06) November 6, 1927 (age 88)
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]

Post-NHL[edit]

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.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1944–45 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 21 8 12 20 10 9 7 5 12 6
1945–46 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 25 22 26 48 18 5 2 1 3 5
1946–47 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 28 22 28 50 32 9 4 5 9 6
1947–48 Detroit Red Wings NHL 41 4 8 12 10 10 2 2 4 6
1947–48 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 26 3 14 17 21
1948–49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 10 16 26 40 9 0 1 1 8
1949–50 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 8 15 23 58 14 4 2 6 13
1949–50 Indianapolis Capitals AHL 6 2 3 5 2
1950–51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 9 20 29 41 6 0 1 1 2
1951–52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 68 17 19 36 54 8 2 2 4 2
1952–53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 13 20 33 49 6 2 1 3 7
1953–54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 65 9 20 29 57 12 2 2 4 4
1954–55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 15 15 30 59 11 1 3 4 12
1955–56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 5 13 18 38 10 0 1 1 14
1956–57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 64 3 13 16 48 5 0 0 0 6
NHL totals 634 93 159 252 454 91 13 15 28 74

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marty Nicholas Pavelich". Legends of Hockey.net. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  2. ^ "Marty Pavelich's player profile". Hockey DB.com. Retrieved 2010-04-30. 
  3. ^ a b c "Marty Pavelich 1953-54". Red Wings.NHL.com. 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 Legends.com. Retrieved 2010-04-30.