Monday, February 8, 2010

Getting To Know Your 2010 U.S. Men's Olympic Hockey Team: Joe Pavelski

We're still familiarizing ourselves with the fellows tabbed to play forward for the United States in the upcoming Olympic games. Not to worry, though: Only two more before we shift to defense. Exciting, isn't it? After the jump, we've got another non-Minnesotan American. Ole!

Joe Pavelski is a 25-year-old right-handed-shooting center for the San Jose Sharks. The native Wisconsonian was selected in the seventh round of the 2003 NHL Draft. In four seasons in the league, he has tallied 73 goals, 88 assists, and nearly 4,200 minutes of ice time. He collected a high school championship with his Stevens Point Area teammates, and another with his fellow college matriculaters at the University of Wisconsin. Pavelski has been tabbed as a player capable of producing points on a consistent level, and has had several impressive scoring streaks in his short time as a pro. He is also not afraid to punch you in your helmet, or your face: