Since joining the NHL in the 2006-2007 season, Joe Pavelski has established himself as one of the greatest Americans to play the game.  Today, we’re going to stop, and smell the roses.  Acknowledge the past, and present of a future hall of fame career before the skates are hung up. Not that Pavelski’s last day is in site, but it’s good to enjoy the ride even while it’s still in motion.

On Wisconsin

Before his future hall of fame career in the NHL began, Pavelski was a legend in Madison. He played with the storied Wisconsin Badgers for two years (2004-2006). He was better than a point per game with 101 in 84 games (39 goals and 62 assists).

The highlight of his tenure in NCAA Hockey was winning the 2006 National Championship.  Defeating another blue blood in the Boston College Eagles.  With Pavelski riding off into the sunset of his NCAA career, before beginning his NHL career with the Sharks.

His time in Hockey Bay

Making his NHL debut in the 2006-2007 season, Pavelski became known for his goal scoring. Bursting onto the scene with his goal scoring. He would go on to lead the Sharks to the playoffs in 12 of his 13 years in San Jose.

Fans of the Sharks still cheer on Pavelski to this day.  Even though he went to a once long time pacific divisional rival. Fans develop a fandom not just for teams, but players who left their mark on that team.

Another Dallas American Icon

In the summer of 2019, Pavelski became yet another American great to play in Big D. Stars fans have been treated to see many done the team USA sweater.  Mike Modano, Brett Hull (has dual citizenship with Canada), Derian Hatcher, and Ben Bishop to name only a few in the Stars’ history to represent the home country.  His point production prowess, and being a U.S. born citizen had him dubbed as Captain America.

Pavelski also skates along side current, and future American Stars too. Jake Oettinger, and Jason Robertson are two of Dallas’ young core that are hopefully not going anywhere for a long time. We also are happy to see that dynamic of the vet, and the younger guys for an even richer American Hockey story.

A Star in Dallas

While he will forever be a great in San Jose, Pavelski has become a fan favorite in Dallas too.  Joe has no letup as a 39 year old in scoring production. He gets it done in both regular, and post season. Making the Stars a yearly threat out west.

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One day Pavelski will retire from the NHL. Maybe move on to another team before that da, but hopefully not. Most if not all Sars fans will always be fans of Pavelski. Remembering him for his tipped shots, and playing over 1300 games.  Fans will also continue to enjoy Pavelski wearing the victory green.

Featured photo:NY Post/Getty Images

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