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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.

Marty Pavelich
1954 Topps Marty Pavelich.JPG
Born (1927-11-06) November 6, 1927 (age 92)
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
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

Early careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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-NHLEdit

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]

Career statisticsEdit

    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

ReferencesEdit

  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.