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Joe Pavelski headshots through the years

They grow up so fast.

San Jose Sharks 2007 Headshots Photo by Getty Images

Since joining the Sharks during the 2006-07 season, Joe Pavelski has accomplished a lot. He’s one of the best scorers in the NHL, especially on the power play, and he’s an elite possession driver for San Jose. To celebrate the fourth of July, we’re taking a walk down memory lane to see how Pavelski has grown up right before our eyes.

San Jose Sharks 2007 Headshots Photo by Getty Images

Baby’s First NHL Mugshot. This was taken ahead of the 2007-08 season, back when he was a fresh-faced kid from Wisconsin.

USA Olympic Men's Ice Hockey Orientation Camp Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Pavelski’s first Team USA mugshot, with the flag in the background and everything. Perfect. This one came in 2009 for the World Championships.

Olympic Hockey Portraits Photo by Don Smith/Getty Images

Back at it again with the red white and blue ahead of the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

Detroit Red Wings v San Jose Sharks - Game Two Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Pavelski with the ginger beard on its way in during the 2011 playoffs.

San Jose Sharks v Phoenix Coyotes

Here our fearless leader wonders what it all means while on the ice in 2012 against the Phoenix Coyotes. They were Phoenix then. I’m not changing it.

San Jose Sharks v Phoenix Coyotes

Way back in 2013 in #TheNextWave jersey. Looking sharp as hell.

USA Hockey 2014 Olympic Portraits

Does he look defeated because of the terrible jersey or because he knows how the 2014 Olympics are going to go for Team USA? Only God knows.

San Jose Sharks v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

#Smoldering in 2015.

2016 NHL All-Star - Media Day Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Pavelski as we know him today. This is the face of a man that has seen too much but goes on anyway. And thank God for that.