Former Waterloo Black Hawks Captain Joe Pavelski will return to the NHL All-Star Game for the fourth time in his career when the league’s top players travel to Las Vegas for the February 5th exhibition.
Pavelski’s previous All-Star appearances came as a member of the San Jose Sharks in 2016, 2017, and 2019.
This is the 37-year-old’s third season as a member of the Dallas Stars. Pavelski currently leads the team in scoring with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 33 games. His current seven-game point streak featured an explosive five-point night on Wednesday. The best single-game scoring performance of Pavelski’s 1,119 regular season appearances included two goals and three assists.
Earlier this season, the Plover, Wisconsin native recorded his 400th NHL goal. Since making his first appearance in the league back in 2006, Pavelski has 409 goals and 469 assists in the regular season. No American-born player has more Stanley Cup Playoff goals than his 61. He has helped both the Sharks and the Stars reach the Stanley Cup Final.
Prior to his exploits in the NHL, Pavelski spent the 2002/03 and 2003/04 seasons with the Black Hawks. In his first campaign, he was named USHL Rookie of the Year and helped Waterloo to a then-record 38 wins. As the Hawks’ captain in 2003/04, Pavelski led Waterloo to the Clark Cup, the only postseason championship during the organization’s junior era. In total, he notched 54 goals and 121 total points in 114 USHL regular season games, plus another 24 points (11 goals, 13 assists) in the Clark Cup playoffs. The Hawks retired Pavelski’s number (8) in 2009.
A trailblazing figure in Waterloo hockey history, Pavelski cut the path for an ever-growing contingent of players working from Young Arena to the NHL. Since his first appearance for the Sharks, more than 20 other Hawks alumni have made the climb, an average of better than one per season.
The 2022 NHL All-Star Game will feature a three-game tournament, played in a 3-on-3 format, showcasing teams from each NHL division. Each of the four teams will include nine skaters and two goalies.
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