Mark Pavelich, ‘Miracle on Ice’ star, dead at 63

Mark Pavelich, who was part of the gold medal-winning 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Hockey team, has died at the age of 63.

After helping the U.S. to gold in 1980, Pavelich went on to play five seasons with the New York Rangers in the NHL, and also spent time with the Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks.

“The New York Rangers are saddened to learn of the passing of Mark Pavelich,” the Rangers said in a statement. “His determination, passion, and dazzling playmaking ability earned him the adoration of Rangers fans during his five-year tenure in New York.”

“Mark helped inspire a nation through the integral role he played on the ‘Miracle on Ice’ team in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Our thoughts are with Mark’s loved ones during this difficult time.”

In 355 career NHL games, the Eveleth, Minn., native scored 137 goals and 329 points.

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