Member of 1980 'Miracle on Ice' team charged with assault in Minnesota

Pavelich was an All-American forward at UMD.
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Mark Pavelich, a member for the 1980 United States Olympic hockey team that went on to create the "Miracle on Ice" is in custody at the Cook County Jail after being charged with felony assault. 

According to a criminal complaint, Pavelich, 61, of rural Lutsen, attacked his neighbor with a metal tension bar after spending last Thursday, Aug. 15, fishing with him. The complaint says Pavelich accused the victim of "spiking his beer," leading to the alleged attack that left the man with "observable injuries and an obvious disfigurement of his leg." 

The victim was transported to North Shore Health Hospital in Grand Marais where he was in a "tremendous amount of pain," the complaint says, adding that he suffered marks, bruising and discoloration of his arms and legs, two cracked ribs, a fractured vertebrae, bruised left kidney and possible internal bleeding. 

Authorities later discovered an illegal shotgun with the buttstock removed at Pavelich's residence in rural Cook County. 

According to the Duluth News Tribune, Pavelich has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation. 

Pavelich has been charged with four felony counts of second- and third-degree assault, possession of a short-barreled shotgun and possession of a firearm with a missing or altered serial number. 

Pavelich was a hockey standout at Eveleth High School before becoming an All-American forward with the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs. He then played for the U.S. national team that beat the Soviet Union in the "Miracle on Ice" and went on to win the gold medal at the 1980 Olympics. 

He would go on to score 137 goals in seven NHL seasons with the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars and San Jose Sharks. 

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