Joe Pavelski will play with Team USA again in the inaugural World Cup of Hockey this September (just two months away now!) to mark his fourth appearance on the American national team.
Pavelski has two Olympics and one World Championship under his belt with Team USA during which he has two goals and eight assists in 17 games. His best finish came in 2010 when the United States took the silver medal in the Vancouver Olympics.
In honor of the Fourth of July, let’s hit the tape to reminisce about Pavelski’s best moments with Team USA. We’ll do this one chronologically, okay? Okay.
Pavelski picks up an assist against Switzerland
The first international assist for Pavelski came in a losing effort but helped tie the game at one in the second period. Pavs drops the puck off to Ron Hainsey who slaps it home from the blue line.
Pavelski scores first international goal against Sweden
Pavelski smashes home the game-tying goal against Sweden in the bronze medal game of the 2009 World Championships. The United States lost this game 4-2.
First three Olympic assists for Pavelski
Pavelski went on to tally a third assist in the semis against Finland. Same story as above, you can watch it here.
Pavelski scores first Olympic goal
Now we can move on to the 2014 Olympics, where Pavelski scored his first ever Olympic goal. It came, where else? The power play.
He also notched three assists in the United States’ final group game. All three helpers came on Phil Kessel goals. You can see those here, here and here. He also had an assist in the United States’ quarterfinal win over the Czech Republic. Check it.
That’s it! We’ll update this with plenty of goals and assists in September. I’m almost definitely sure of it.