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Joe Pavelski says goodbye to the NHL after being eliminated by the Oilers


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Sam Jones
June 4, 2024  (2:00 PM)
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Moments ago, news broke that Dallas Stars forward Joe Pavelski will be hanging up his skates after this season.

In a statement that hinted more at a pause than a definitive end, Pavelski articulated his plans to step away from the ice post-season, steering clear of the term 'retirement'. The announcement comes just a day after the Stars' exit from the Stanley Cup Playoffs, a loss that undoubtedly adds a sting to Pavelski's news.
Joe Pavelski, at 39, leaves behind a legacy as one of the most accomplished American players in NHL history. With a career spanning 1332 games solely with the San Jose Sharks and Dallas Stars, Pavelski has been a pivotal figure. His track record includes leading both teams through numerous intense playoff journeys and to a Stanley Cup Final. Throughout his career, Pavelski netted 476 goals and tallied 1068 points, demonstrating remarkable consistency and skill, underscored by his 27 goals in this year's 82-game season.
The emotional weight of Pavelski's departure was palpable as several Stars veterans visibly struggled during post-game press conferences, reflecting on his profound impact on the team. Despite their concerted efforts, the team could not secure a Stanley Cup victory for Pavelski in his final season, following their defeat by the Oilers in Game 6.
For those not rallying behind the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final, Pavelski's pursuit of the Stanley Cup was a compelling narrative. His imminent departure marks the end of an era not just for the Stars, but for fans of resilience and dedication in sports. While Pavelski may exit without the coveted trophy, his illustrious career serves as a testament to the grueling challenge and the profound honor of competing for—and sometimes falling just short of—the hardest trophy to win in sports.
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