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Marty Pavelich
Marty Pavelich
Left Wing
Number: 11
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 168
Shoots: Left
Born: Nov 6, 1927
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Marty Pavelich played three years of junior hockey with the Galt Red Wings of the OHA from 1944 to 1947. Jack Adams, the Detroit Red Wings GM, was excited to watch his young prospect dart up and down the ice. Pavelich was emerging as one of the fastest skaters in hockey. According to former referee Red Storey, he'd be a star on any NHL team playing today.

When Pavelich went to the Motor City in 1947, he was immediately christened "Blacky" because of his thick head of jet-black hair. His lesser-known moniker was "Sabu," a name taken from a Hollywood star who rode elephants in the movies.

After a short stay in Indianapolis of the AHL, Pavelich settled in for a ten-year NHL career on the Wings checking line. Usually on the ice with Tony Leswick and Glen Skov, it was Pavelich's job to shadow many of the greats of his day: Rocket Richard, Bill Mosienko, Ted Kennedy, Milt Schmidt, and the Bentley brothers.

While Gordie Howe, Sid Abel and Ted Lindsay took care of the offense, it was up to Pavelich and his crew to be sure the Wings twine remained relatively "unbulged". During his decade in Detroit, the Wings won four Stanley Cups.

In 1957, Pavelich's close buddy and business partner, Ted Lindsay, was banished to Chicago as retribution for his union activities. Upon his departure, he stated that Pavelich would continue to look after their business interests. The revelation that the two Wings had developed prospects outside of hockey was frowned upon, especially by Jack Adams. Fearing an extended stay in the minors, Pavelich decided to retire while he was on top in order to take his enterprise to the next level. That he did, leaving the NHL at the close of the 1956-57 season.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80