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Mark Pavelich, member of 'Miracle on Ice' 1980 Olympic hockey team, dies at 63

March 6, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Mark Pavelich, a member of the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 Olympics US men's hockey team, has died at age 63.

(CNN)Mark Pavelich, a member of the "Miracle on Ice" 1980 Olympics US men's hockey team, has died at age 63.

The Star Tribune reported Pavelich died Thursday morning at a residential treatment center where he had been receiving care for mental illness after attacking a neighbor with a metal pole in 2019.

After being charged with felony assault, Pavelich was found incompetent to stand trial, mentally ill and dangerous, the paper reported.

The "Miracle on Ice" team staged an unlikely victory over the Soviet Union and went on to win the gold medal in Lake Placid, New York.

Pavelich starred at the University of Minnesota Duluth and "played an integral role" in the Olympics effort, the National Hockey League said in a statement.

Pavelich "became a centerpiece" for the New York Rangers for five seasons, scoring 133 goals with 185 assists in 341 games, the NHL said.

"We send our condolences to his family, friends and the countless young players whom he and his 1980 Team USA teammates inspired to play our game," the league said.

Mark helped inspire a nation through the integral role he played on the 'Miracle on Ice' team in the 1980 Winter Olympics. "

He also played on the San Jose Sharks during its first year, the team tweeted.

In 2014, Pavelich sold his gold medal for more than $250,000, two years after his wife died in an accidental fall, WCCO reported.

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