Photo: Mark Pavelich last year and in his heyday.
TRAGIC LAST CHAPTER TO ‘MIRACLE ON ICE’
The National Hockey League and New York Rangers management are accountable in the death of ‘Miracle on Ice’ star Mark Pavelich, the former team captain charges.
The Rangers and the NHL abandoned Pavelich as he battled mental illness, Barry Beck wrote in a savage social media post.
“They don’t discuss it because they’re cowards,” Beck wrote. “The only thing that matters to them is money.”
Pavelich, 63, was found dead at a mental health facility in Minnesota where he was being treated for brain damage caused by head injuries during his seven years in the NHL, most of it with the Rangers. The exact cause of death is being investigated.
Rangers president John Davidson contacted Beck after his emotional post, prompting Beck to write a follow-up post.
“I was soon thereafter contacted by NY Rangers President John Davidson. Years ago John, Mark and I were teammates with the Rangers. John and I discussed the remarks I had made. We both respect each other and agreed that at this time it’s best we focus on mourning the death of Mark.”
Beck, who is still mourning the road-rage stabbing death of his 20-year-old son Brock last July in Hamilton, Ontario, said he was heart-broken by his teammate’s death.
Pavelich was a key player in the underdog U.S.A. team’s stunning gold medal win over the heavily favored Soviet team at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY.
Pavelich, who had chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), was commitment to the Eagle Healing Nest facility in 2019 after attacking a neighbor with a metal pipe and breaking several bones.
The degenerative brain disease is marked by depression, memory loss and dementia. CTE can only be diagnosed after death.