Mark Pavelich, a member of the 1980 Olympic ice hockey team, Miracle on Ice, was found dead in a treatment facility in Minnesota USA Hockey confirmed on Friday

“We are saddened by the death of Olympic Champion Mark Pavelich in 1980,” tweeted USA Hockey. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s & friends, Forever Part of Hockey History”

The (Minneapolis) Star Tribune first reported details of Pavelich’s death, according to the newspaper, police were called to Pavelich’s apartment at the facility at around 8:30 a.m. local time on Thursday, where he was found dead Seen in the facility where he was treated mentally

Pavelich lived at the facility after a court ruled that he was unable to stand on trial for an attack on his neighbor in August 2019. Pavelich was charged with four offenses for the attack, which included the victim had several broken bones

The judge said that Pavelich “is unable to rationally consult with a lawyer, is unable to understand the procedure, and is unable to attend to the proceedings because of mental illness or deficiencies Defense to participate “Pavelich attacked the neighbor with a metal bar

Pavelich’s sister, Jean Gevik, told the Star Tribune in 2019 that the family believed Pavelich might have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE)

“Mark is the kindest, gentlest person you would ever know,” Gevik told the newspaper. “That’s a whole different guy,” Gevik said her brother had a history of concussions in the NHL

Pavelich, a 5-foot-8 center, was an All-American at the University of Minnesota Duluth He supported Mike Eruzione’s winning goal, which defeated the heavily favored Soviet Union in the 1980 Olympics. Pavelich played in the NHL from 1981 to 1981 In 1987 and in the 1991/92 season he spent five seasons with the New York Rangers and also played for the San Jose Sharks and Minnesota North Stars

“The New York Rangers are saddened by the death of Mark Pavelich,” the Rangers said in a statement. “His determination, passion and incredible playmaking skills earned him the admiration of Rangers fans during his five-year tenure in New York Mark helped inspire a nation by playing an important role on the Miracle on Ice team at the 1980 Winter Olympics

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