Every team, every game even, has a hero. Heck, every sport has a hero. In hockey, however, there’s usually more than one hero per team. Some, such as Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos, Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, Washington’s Alexander (Alex) Ovechkin and Boston’s Tim Thomas to name a few, are always near the top of newspaper headlines, appearing in All Star games and Olympic events and often times appearing at the NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas as a finalist for at least a few awards. Other players, meanwhile, quietly go about their business of trying to win games for their team without much fanfare. For this, I believe these players deserve some recognition of their own. Given that I’ve decided to start a new feature, debuting every Tuesday morning, featuring a different “unsung hero”. This week’s nod goes to the San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski.
In San Jose, the names you usually hear the most are Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle and Logan Couture but the right winger, Pavelski, literally proved to be a rock in the Sharks lineup last season. Appearing in all 82 regular season games, Pavelski was 4th in team scoring with 61 points, tied for first in goals scored (31), third in power play scoring (eight goals) and led the Sharks with a plus-18 rating. » Continue reading “Unsung Heroes: The Premiere”