New York Rangers All-Time Roster

Seasons with Rangers: 5 (1981-1986)
Regular-Season Games with Rangers: 341
Playoff Games with Rangers: 23

Signed with Rangers as an undrafted free agent on June 5, 1981.

Traded by Rangers to Minnesota in exchange for 1988 second-round draft pick (Troy Mallette) on Oct. 24, 1986.

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NYR - Career Regular Season Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1981-1982 Rangers 79 33 43 76 21 67 12 3 3 180 18.3
1982-1983 Rangers 78 37 38 75 20 52 10 2 6 154 24.0
1983-1984 Rangers 77 29 53 82 11 96 12 1 2 164 17.7
1984-1985 Rangers 48 14 31 45 1 29 6 0 3 91 15.4
1985-1986 Rangers 59 20 20 40 -3 82 8 0 3 104 19.2
Team Totals: 341 133 185 318 50 326 48 6 17 693 19.2
NYR - Career Playoff Stats
Season Team GP G A P +/- PIM PP SH GW S S%
1981-1982 Rangers 6 1 5 6 0 0 0 0
1982-1983 Rangers 9 4 5 9 12 2 0 2
1983-1984 Rangers 5 2 4 6 0 0 1 0
1984-1985 Rangers 3 0 3 3 2 0 0 0
Team Totals: 23 7 17 24 14 2 1 2
Oct. 6, 1981 (Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings)

March 5, 1986 (Rangers at Winnipeg Jets)

Rangers MVP — 1982-83
Players` Player Award — 1981-82 (co-winner)
Boucher Trophy (Most Popular) — 1982-83

Most goals in one game — 5 vs. Hartford on Feb. 23, 1983 (shares record with Don Murdoch)

Most points — 1983-84
Most goals — 1982-83
Most assists — 1983-84
Most playoff points — 1984
Most playoff assists — 1984 (tie)

Minor-league games: 0
Minor-league teams: None

Nicknames: Weber, Pav
Uniform Numbers: 40, 16
Retired from pro hockey: 1989 (brief comeback attempt in 1991)

One of the most unlikely stars in Rangers history, 5-foot-8 center Mark Pavelich overcame the odds against a player of his size to become the Rangers` MVP in 1982-83 and the team`s leading scorer the following season.

Despite starring at the University of Minnesota at Duluth in the late 1970s, Pavelich was not drafted by an NHL team. He instead turned to the U.S. Olympic program following his final college season and ended up being a key member of the "Miracle on Ice" squad that stunned the Soviets and captured a gold medal at Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1980.

Even Olympic success was not enough to immediately earn Pavelich an NHL contract. He spent the 1980-81 season playing in Switzerland, where he scored 73 points in 60 games. His continued success in Europe convinced Rangers head coach Herb Brooks, who had coached him on the Olympic team, to bring Pavelich to the NHL for the 1981-82 season.

Brooks` Rangers were perfectly suited to Pavelich`s game, and the 23-year-old responded with a phenomenal 76-point rookie year that saw him set team records (since broken) for assists and points as well as tie the legendary Bill Cook`s record of 33 goals by a rookie.

Pavelich continued to put up big numbers in both 1982-83. He scored 37 goals that season, including a career night on Feb. 23, 1983, when he burned the Hartford Whalers for five goals. The five tallies tied Don Murdoch`s team record for goals in one game and also made Pavelich the only Rangers player ever to score five goals in a game at Madison Square Garden.

In 1983-84, Pavelich came up just shy of the 30-goal mark but notched a career-high 82 points. He led the team in scoring in what would prove to be his last full season. In both 1984-85 and 1985-86, Pavelich was hampered by injuries and dropped under 50 points both years.

Pavelich left the Blueshirts in an October 1986 trade to Minnesota, but he left behind a remarkable five-season run that proved that the size of a player`s heart is always more important than the size of his body.

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