The Wisconsin Badgers hockey team saw one of their alumni set a program record last night. Former Wisconsin Badger Joe Pavelski reached his 1000th career NHL point, becoming the first player in program history to ever do so. Pavelski was once a star for the Badgers, and now he has cemented himself as a professional star in hockey.
Wisconsin Badgers Hockey: Joe Pavelski Reaches Elite Company
The former Badger Joe Pavelski was drafted by the San Jose Sharks in 2003 before making his way to Madison. Between 2004-2006, Pavelski got his chance to shine for Wisconsin as he scored 39 goals, 62 assists, and 101 points in 84 games. Pavelski was also the heart of a Wisconsin team that claimed the 2006 NCAA Men’s Hockey National Championship during a 30 win season.
12th NCAA player
Congratulations to @jpav8
1,000 career NHL points#BadgersintheBigs pic.twitter.com/uxsFELzqNu
— Wisconsin Hockey (@BadgerMHockey) April 11, 2023
In his 17th year, Joe Pavelski has finally reached an extreme statistical threshold to become the 11th American to ever record 1000 career points. The first 13 years and 761 points Pavelski recorded in the NHL were spent with the San Jose Sharks who saw the playoffs frequently with the talented skaters on their team. Pavelski helped lead the Sharks to a Conference Championship during the 2015-16 season with 14 postseason goals, including four game winners.
With his final days of hockey approaching, Pavelski has been set on lifting the Stanley Cup before ending his career. Now on the Dallas Stars, Pavelski is second in points on the team with 76, along with 49 assists and 27 goals. The Stars sit on top of the Central Division, currently tied with the Colorado Avalanche at 104 points with two games left to go.
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