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Joe Pavelski

Joe Pavelski
Born (1984-07-11) July 11, 1984
Plover, WI, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 194 lb (88 kg; 13 st 12 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Right
NHL team San Jose Sharks
National team  United States
NHL Draft 205th overall, 2003
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2006–present

Joseph J. Pavelski (born July 11, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey player and an alternate captain for the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League (NHL). He scored a goal in his first NHL game, making him the 11th Sharks player in the history of the team to do so. 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.


  • Personal 1
  • Playing career 2
    • Amateur 2.1
    • Professional 2.2
  • International play 3
  • Career statistics 4
    • Regular season and playoffs 4.1
    • International 4.2
  • Awards and honors 5
  • Transactions 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Joe was born to Sandy and Mike Pavelski and has three siblings—Jerry, Sheri, and Scott.[1] His family is Polish American 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] Joe Pavelski is co-owner of the Janesville Jets NAHL team. His younger brother Scott currently plays 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 Blackhawks 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]


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 a total 7 goals and 10 points in his first 12 games. He continued playing well, but suffered a leg injury which reduced his playing time. 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 playoff games. He also became one of the most dangerous players in the NHL during shootouts, scoring seven times on 11 opportunities that season. During the 2008 Stanley Cup 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 league. 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, 34 assists, and 59 points—career highs for all three statistics.

During the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, Pavelski had three straight multigoal games (Game 6 versus Colorado and Games 1 & 2 against Detroit), not only helping the Sharks win all said 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 former 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, whom it had been originally attributed, thus holding Pavelski to a two-goal game.[11]

During the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Pavelski signed with HC Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.[12]

On July 30, 2013 the Sharks announced that the club has signed Pavelski to a five-year contract extension. The extension will commence on July 1, 2014 following the expiration of Pavelski's current contract.

On March 11, 2014, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, Pavelski achieved his 400th career point.[13] During the season, Pavelski recorded a career-high 41 goals and 79 points.[14]

International play

Pavelski (#16) and Ryan Callahan (#24, with puck) move up ice against Canada during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Medal record
Men's Ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver

On January 1, 2010, Pavelski was selected to the 2010 USA Olympic team, the only USA player from the San Jose Sharks. He had 3 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 USA tying the game with 24 seconds left. He was nicknamed "Swiss Army Knife" by USA general manager Brian Burke.[15] On January 1, 2014, Pavelski was selected to the 2014 USA Olympic team, his second appearance.

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 61 36 33 69 32 7 5 7 12 8
2003–04 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 52 21 31 52 58 10 5 4 9 10
2004–05 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 41 16 29 45 26
2005–06 Wisconsin Badgers WCHA 43 23 33 56 34
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 16 8 18 26 8
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 46 14 14 28 18 6 1 0 1 0
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 19 21 40 28 13 5 4 9 0
2008–09 San Jose Sharks NHL 80 25 34 59 46 6 0 1 1 9
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 25 26 51 26 15 9 8 17 6
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 74 20 46 66 24 18 5 5 10 10
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 31 30 61 31 5 0 0 0 5
2012–13 HC Dinamo Minsk KHL 17 7 7 14 10
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 16 15 31 10 11 4 8 12 0
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 82 41 38 79 32 7 2 4 6 2
NHL totals 561 191 224 415 215 81 26 30 56 32


Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2009 United States WC 4th 5 1 1 2 0
2010 United States Oly 2nd 6 0 3 3 4
2014 United States Oly 4th 6 1 4 5 0
Senior totals 17 2 8 10 4

Awards and honors

Award Year
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2004–05
All-WCHA Second Team 2005–06
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2005–06
NHL Second All-Star Team 2014


  • June 22, 2003 – Drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 7th round, 205th overall.
  • In 2006, Pavelski signed a two-year entry level contract with an annual average value of $850,000.[16]
  • On June 25, 2008, Pavelski signed a contract extension paying him $3.3 million over the next two years.[17]
  • On June 24, 2010, Pavelski signed a four-year, $16 million contract to stay with the Sharks.
  • On July 30, 2013, Pavelski signed a five-year, $30 million contract extension with the Sharks.[18]

See also


  1. ^ "Joe Pavelski". Wisconsin Badgers. Archived from the original on March 3, 2005. 
  2. ^ High, Alison (January 4, 2009). "Ask the Sharks: Pavelski's Answers". Official Sharks website. 
  3. ^ a b Strittmater, Nicole (March 2, 2010). "Plover couple watch son Joe achieve Olympic glory, Stevens Point Journal". Stevens Point Journal. Archived from the original on March 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Scott Pavelski". University of New Hampshire Athletics. Archived from the original on February 27, 2012. 
  5. ^ "SPASH earns first Boy's Hockey State Title". March 2, 2002. Archived from the original on October 31, 2012. 
  6. ^ "White Named USA Hockey's Junior Player of Year". USHL. June 3, 2010. Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Joe Pavelski". Archived from the original on February 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Minor Hockey Moments: Joe Pavelski
  9. ^ "Little Joe Pavelski Huge Again for Sharks".  
  10. ^ "Sharks Re-Sign Center Joe Pavelski". San Jose, CA: San Jose Sharks. June 25, 2008. Retrieved August 16, 2008. 
  11. ^ "Sharks Center Surrenders Goal". San Jose, CA: San Jose Sharks. March 20, 2011. Retrieved March 20, 2011. 
  12. ^ Dickey, Jack (October 9, 2012). "Don’t Despair, NHL Fans: You Can Watch Imitation Pro Hockey On ESPN! Here’s How.". 
  13. ^ Dubow, Josh (March 11, 2014). "Pavelski scores twice as Sharks beat Leafs 6-2".  
  14. ^ Masisak, Corey (April 19, 2014). "Pavelski continues to play big role in Sharks' success".  
  15. ^ Emmons, Mark (April 21, 2010). "San Jose Sharks Joe Pavelski making name with clutch goals". Mercury News. Archived from the original on February 20, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Capgeek: Joe Pavelski". Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  17. ^ Pollak, David (June 25, 2008). "Pavelski, Roenick, Boucher — 4 years, $5 million gets it done". Sharks Blog: Working the Corners. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ Stubits, Brian (July 30, 2013). "Joe Pavelski signs five-year extension with Sharks".  

External links

Media related to at Wikimedia Commons

  • Joe Pavelski's NHL player profile
  • Joe Pavelski's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
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