Joe Pavelski

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Joe Pavelski
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Pavelski with the San Jose Sharks in 2008
Born (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984 (age 35)
Plover, Wisconsin, U.S.
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Center / Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Dallas Stars
San Jose Sharks
Dinamo Minsk
National teamFlag of the United States.svg  United States
NHL Draft 205th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2006present

Joseph James Pavelski (born July 11, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He had previously played for the San Jose Sharks for the first thirteen years of his NHL career, and also served as captain during his final four years with the team.


He scored a goal in his first NHL game, making him the 11th Sharks player in the history of the team to do so. Internationally, he won a silver medal as a member of the United States national men's ice hockey team at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He also served as captain of Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

Personal life

Pavelski was born to Sandy and Mike Pavelski and has three siblings – Jerry, Sheri, and Scott. [1] His family is Polish origin and their surname was originally spelled Pawelski. [2] His mother said: "He loved anything athletic, and hockey was just a good fit for the winter. You didn't realize that your son was that good." [3] Pavelski is co-owner of the Janesville Jets NAHL team. His younger brother, Scott, formerly played for the University of New Hampshire men's ice hockey team. [4]

Playing career


Pavelski won a Wisconsin State Hockey Championship with SPASH (Stevens Point Area Senior High) Panthers in 2002. [5] He was a member of the 2004 Clark Cup champion Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL. He won the 2004 USHL Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award. [6]

Pavelski played in 84 games over two seasons (2004–06) at the University of Wisconsin of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association He recorded 101 points (39–62). Pavelski was named to the All-WCHA Rookie Team in 2005, was selected to the All-WCHA Second Team, and the Men's RBK Division I West All-America Second Team. He helped Wisconsin win the 2006 NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship, [7] while leading the team in overall points. [8]


San Jose Sharks (2006–2019)

Pavelski began his NHL career in the 2006–07 season. He began on a hot streak, scoring a goal in his first game, and scoring 7 goals and 10 points in his first 12 games. Pavelski earned the sobriquet "Little Joe" from Sharks announcer Randy Hahn, a reference to Pavelski's teammate and San Jose superstar "Jumbo Joe", Joe Thornton. [9]

During the 2007–08 season, Pavelski became a regular player on the Sharks roster and one of the best and most consistent young players on the squad, playing in all 82 regular season games and in all 13 2008 Stanley Cup playoff games. He also became one of the most effective players in the NHL during shootouts, scoring 7 times on 11 opportunities that season. During the 2008 playoffs, he was tied with Ryane Clowe for the team lead in goals (five) and tied for second with Clowe in points (nine). Pavelski also led San Jose with three game-winning goals during the playoffs, which tied for third most in the playoffs overall. In addition to his offensive numbers, he finished tied 12th among NHL forwards in blocked shots (59) during the regular season. [10]

Pavelski had another solid season in 2008–09, playing in 80 games and recording 25 goals and 34 assists for 59 points, career-highs for all three statistics.

Pavelski during a game against the Nashville Predators in the 2009-10 season. 20100206 Joe Pavelski (4354134463).jpg
Pavelski during a game against the Nashville Predators in the 2009–10 season.

During the 2010 playoffs, Pavelski had three-straight multi-goal games (Game 6 against the Colorado Avalanche and Games 1 and 2 against the Detroit Red Wings), not only helping the Sharks win all three games, but also becoming the first player to do so since Mario Lemieux in 1992. It was after this streak that he also picked up the nickname "The Big Pavelski" to accompany his nickname of "Little Joe".

Pavelski came close to scoring his first NHL hat-trick on March 19, 2011, against the St. Louis Blues. After the game, however, one of the goals was awarded to Patrick Marleau, when it had been originally attributed to Pavelski. [11]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Pavelski signed with Belarusian team Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). [12]

On July 30, 2013, the Sharks announced that Pavelski had signed a new five-year contract with the team effective from the 2014–15 season through to the 2018–19 season. [13]

On March 11, 2014, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pavelski scored his 400th career NHL point. [14] During the season, Pavelski recorded a career-high 41 goals and 79 points. [15]

During the 2014–15 season, Pavelski had another strong offensive season, scoring 70 points (37 goals and 33 assists) [16] and was named one of the Sharks' four alternate captains.

On October 5, 2015, Pavelski was named the Sharks' ninth captain in history, over teammates (and former Sharks' captains) Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau. [17] [18]

During the 2015–16 regular season, Pavelski tallied 78 points (38 goals and 40 assists) and he earned a spot in the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. He finished fifth in the NHL in goals with 38, sixth in points and first in game-winning goals with 11. Pavelski's success continued into the 2016 playoffs, as he led the Sharks into their first ever Stanley Cup Finals. Pavelski only scored one goal in the Finals, though he still the finished as the playoff leader in goals (14) and finished third in points (23). [16]

From 2013 to 2016, Pavelski scored the second-most goals in the NHL with 116 and second-most power play goals with 47, behind only Alexander Ovechkin in both categories. [19]

On December 1, 2017, Pavelski scored his 300th NHL goal on a pass from Joe Thornton against the Florida Panthers. [20] He became only the second player to reach this milestone as a full-time Shark, after Patrick Marleau. [21]

On April 23, 2019, during the 2019 playoffs, Pavelski suffered a major head injury after a cross check from Vegas Golden Knights center Cody Eakin. [22] Pavelski was helped off of the ice and did not return to the game. Eakin was charged with a five-minute major penalty and a ten-minute game misconduct, which enabled the Sharks to score four goals in five minutes and send the game to overtime. The Sharks later won the game 5–4 in overtime and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. [23]

Dallas Stars (2019–present)

On July 1, 2019, as an unrestricted free agent, Pavelski signed a three-year, $21 million contract with the Dallas Stars. [24]

International play

Pavelski (#16) and Ryan Callahan (#24, with puck) move up ice against Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing Flag of the United States.svg  United States
Olympic Games
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2010 Vancouver Team

On January 1, 2010, Pavelski was selected to the 2010 USA Olympic team, the only USA player from the San Jose Sharks. He had three assists in the team's silver medal effort and was second in faceoff percentage amongst all players in the tournament. In the waning seconds of regulation time in the gold medal game, Pavelski won a faceoff, [3] swatted a clearing attempt out of the air, and made a pass that set up the play that resulted in the Americans tying the game with 24 seconds left. He was nicknamed "Swiss Army Knife" by USA general manager Brian Burke. [25] On January 1, 2014, Pavelski was selected to the 2014 USA Olympic team, his second appearance. After being named captain of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, he also earned the nickname "Captain America".

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Bold indicates led league

   Regular season   Playoffs
Season TeamLeagueGP G A Pts PIM GPGAPtsPIM
2002–03 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 6136336932757128
2003–04 Waterloo Black HawksUSHL52213152581054910
2004–05 University of Wisconsin WCHA 4116294526
2005–06 University of WisconsinWCHA4323335634
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 16818268
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 461414281861010
2007–08 San Jose SharksNHL8219214028135490
2008–09 San Jose SharksNHL802534594660119
2009–10 San Jose SharksNHL67252651261598176
2010–11 San Jose SharksNHL742046662418551010
2011–12 San Jose SharksNHL823130613150005
2012–13 Dinamo Minsk KHL 17771410
2012–13 San Jose SharksNHL48161531101148120
2013–14 San Jose SharksNHL824138793272462
2014–15 San Jose SharksNHL8237337029
2015–16 San Jose SharksNHL823840783024149234
2016–17 San Jose SharksNHL812939683462240
2017–18 San Jose SharksNHL8222446641102688
2018–19 San Jose SharksNHL7538266422134594
2019–20 Dallas Stars NHL6714173129
NHL totals1,030369423792400134485210048


YearTeamEventResult GPGAPtsPIM
2009 United States WC 4th51120
2010 United States OG Silver medal icon.svg60334
2014 United StatesOG4th61450
2016 United States WCH 7th31120
Senior totals2039124

Awards and honors

All-WCHA Rookie Team 2004–05
All-WCHA Second Team 2005–06
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2005–06
Second All-Star Team 2014
NHL All-Star 2016, 2017, 2019


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Joe Thornton
San Jose Sharks captain
Succeeded by
Logan Couture