‘Miracle on Ice’ player Pavelich found incompetent to stand trial
GRAND MARAIS, Minn. — A player on the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic goldwinning hockey team was found incompetent to stand trial in a criminal case involving charges that he beat a friend with a metal pole.
The case against Mark Pavelich, 61, of Lutsen, Minn., was suspended while Cook County authorities will petition to have Pavelich civilly committed to treatment.
In a hearing late Monday morning, district Judge Michael Cuzzo told Pavelich that a psychologist’s report “indicates you need some assistance to fully understand” the criminal proceedings.
Pavelich was booked into the Cook County jail on Aug. 15 after friend James T. Miller, 63, told authorities he was struck with a 3- to 4-foot-long metal pole by Pavelich after returning from a day of fishing to the hockey star’s home down a dirt road near Deer Yard Lake. Pavelich had accused Miller of “spiking his beer,” the criminal complaint read.
— Pam Louwagie and Paul Walsh, Star Tribune (Minneapolis)