Our Sault Legend this week is the one and only Marty Pavelich.
If you watched the Canadian film Net Worth, you would see how important Pavelich was to the NHL.
Pavelich was good buddies with Ted Lindsay who tried to start the players’ association.
The two actually worked together after hockey in the plastics business.
Pavelich didn’t take anything from Jack Adams either and he was aware of the scams that the owners were running to rip off the players.
In the film his character says “for a no-talent plugger from the Sault, I had a pretty good run,” which makes me smile every time I see it.
From then on I collected as many of his cards I could get.
Four Stanley Cups was not a bad run at all.
According to former referee Red Storey, he’d be a star on any NHL team playing today.
On the checking line with Tony Leswick and Glen Skov, it was Pavelich’s job to shadow many of the greats of his day like Rocket Richard, Bill Mosienko, Ted Kennedy, Milt Schmidt, and the Bentley brothers.
With his best season being in 1951-52 Pavelich scored 17 goals and made 19 assists for a point every second game or better.
Pavelich would play over 600 games with the Red Wings, his only NHL team.
I still hear stories today of how Pavelich helped someone from the Sault see the Red Wings practice in the Sault, Michigan arena.
Stan Fischler, a famous hockey author, ranked him as the 4th best defensive forward of all time in his book Hockey’s 100.
He spends his days now on the slopes of Big Sky, Montana.
Check out this shorthanded goal against Jaques Plante: