‘Mir­a­cle on Ice’ player Pavelich found in­com­pe­tent to stand trial

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS -

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)

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