‘Miracle’ Hockey Star Mark Pavelich’s Brain To Be Examined For CTE

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Days after Mark Pavelich, 63, was found dead in a residential treatment center, his sister wrote an emotional Facebook post that the “Miracle on Ice” hockey star’s brain was being analyzed for CTE — or chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

“Going with statistics, I have no doubt it will be riddled with disease,” Jean Gevik wrote of her brother. “Mark loved the NHL and the Olympics and didn’t blame them for his problems. He was unbelievably grateful for the opportunity to play in the big league … especially in lieu of his size.”

In a few days, the family and fans of Pavelich should have an answer, as an autopsy is the only way in which the degenerative brain disease can be confirmed.

Pavelich was under civil commitment at the time of his death for assaulting his neighbor. A judge originally deemed him “mentally ill and dangerous” and committed him to a state facility. But Pavelich was granted court approval to be transferred to the less restrictive facility this past summer.

“The news is absolutely devastating,” his sister wrote. “The last flicker of Mark’s candle went out. Way too much trauma and way too much hurt. A life cut short.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.


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    • Yeah but if the NHL has any sniffing of brotherhood or masculinity they’ll find a way to go after it too.

      The big CTE documentary story I remember watching was about Junior Seau.

      Personally I think it was the divorce, gambling, not receiving love from his father, womanizing, and constantly hitting people with his head that led to CTE.

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