At 36 years old, San Jose Sharks’ Joe Pavelski is not only defying the odds, but he’s also proving that age is just a number in the NHL. The veteran forward, who spent his first 13 seasons with the Sharks before signing with the Dallas Stars last summer, continues to impress with his offensive prowess and leadership on the ice.
Pavelski has always been known for his hard work and determination, but it seems that with age, he’s only gotten better. In his first season with the Stars, he scored 14 goals and had 17 assists in 67 games, and was a key factor in the Stars’ run to the Stanley Cup Final. In the playoffs, Pavelski was a force to be reckoned with, scoring 13 goals and six assists in 27 games.
This season, Pavelski has continued his scoring ways, with 10 goals and eight assists in 20 games. He leads his team in both goals and points, and has been a clutch performer, with six of his goals coming on the power play. In fact, his six power play goals also lead the entire NHL.
But it’s not just his scoring that makes Pavelski a valuable asset to the Stars. His leadership and work ethic are also crucial to the team’s success. He was named an alternate captain in his first season with the Stars, a clear sign of the respect and admiration his teammates have for him. Head coach Rick Bowness has praised Pavelski for his commitment to improving his game and his willingness to do whatever it takes to help the team win.
Off the ice, Pavelski is equally impressive. He’s known for his charity work and community involvement, and was awarded the NHL Foundation Player Award in 2016 for his dedication to the community. He’s also a family man, with a wife and two young children who often attend his games and cheer him on.
Pavelski’s success at this stage in his career is a testament to his dedication and passion for the game. He’s never been the fastest or most skilled player on the ice, but he’s always found a way to make an impact. As he ages, he may lose a step or two, but his hockey IQ and work ethic will continue to keep him in the conversation as one of the game’s elite.
In a league that’s known for its youthful superstars, it’s refreshing to see a veteran player like Pavelski continue to excel. He’s proving that age is just a number, and that with hard work and determination, anything is possible. As the Stars continue their quest for the Stanley Cup, there’s no doubt that Pavelski will be a key player in their success.