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Ex-UMD, Olympic hockey standout Mark Pavelich arrested on assault charges

Mark Pavelich. Photo: Cook County Jail
Mark Pavelich.

Updated: August 21, 2019 09:15 AM

Former University of Minnesota-Duluth and U.S. Olympic Hockey player Mark Pavelich has been arrested on multiple charges, including felony assault and gun-related, according to ABC affiliate WDIO.

According to court documents, Pavelich faces one count of assault in the second degree, one count of assault in the third degree, one count of possession of a short-barreled shotgun and one count of receiving or possessing a firearm with a missing or altered serial number. 

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A source confirms the assault involved Pavelich's neighbor in the Lutsen area on Aug. 15.

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 played high school hockey for Eveleth-Gilbert. 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.

KSTP has requested the official criminal complaint and will update with more information.

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