Thursday, June 24, 2010

The Prince Gets Paid

Multiple outlets Thursday morning are reporting that former Wisconsin Badger Joe Pavelski has signed a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks. According to reports, the deal is worth 16 million over the next four years.

The 25 year old centerman tied a career high in goals with 25 despite missing 15 games with a broken foot. The Polish Prince took his game international during the Olympic break helping the United States to a Silver Medal at the Vancouver games. Pavelski was the center on the ice and got an assist on Zach Parise's game tying goal with less than a minute left in regulation in the Gold Medal game.

Coming off a great Olympics, Pavelski took his game to a whole other level in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the Sharks. The Plover, WI native recorded 17 points in 15 playoff games leading the Sharks into the Western Conference Finals where they fell to eventual Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks.

Pavelski was a key member of the 2006 National Championship team. The 5'11, 195 pound forward was named a second team All-American in the 2005-2006 season after recording a team high 56 points in 43 games for the Badgers.

A big player with a big heart, Pavelski can be found this weekend in his hometown where he is hosting a charity golf tournament. The NHL star will be donating all the proceeds of the tournament back to the youth hockey association that raised him, Portage County Youth On Ice.