Marty Pavelich—whose legend is again honored at the rink in Town Center.

Eighth Pav Invite New Year’s Day

It’s time again for the 8th annual Pavelich Invitational, which a bunch of Big Sky guys hold every year in honor of Marty Pavelich. Come to the rink in Town Center on Jan. 1. Marty will be there to drop the puck at 2 p.m. Both teams will wear Red Wings jerseys in honor of Marty and the team he played for back in the 50s.

The Big Sky Skating and Hockey Association reports, “It’ll be a great game with more Big Sky players than ever before. Listen to Big Sky’s finest perform the National Anthem for both the United States and Canada. Big Sky’s own Brandon Bang will be announcing the game with his unforgettable brand of humor.”

BSSHA adds, “Pavelich is regarded as an unsung hero of the early 1950s powerhouse Red Wing squad—which included Gordie Howe and Ted Lindsay. Considered one of the best ‘shadows’ of his time, his role was to check other teams’ top scorers, including the likes of Maurice ‘Rocket’ Richard. During his decade in Detroit, the Wings won four Stanley Cups. Pavelich was a four-time NHL All Star. He played his first full NHL season with Detroit in 1948–49, recording 26 points in 60 games. The following year Marty helped the Wings capture the Stanley Cup, his first of four, and he played in his first NHL All-Star game. Over his career with the Wings, Pavelich had amassed 93 goals, 159 assists and 252 points in 634 regular season games.”

—DM

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