The Waterloo Black Hawks of the United States Hockey League have announced that they will be retiring the number of former player and current San Jose Sharks forward Joe Pavelski
at a ceremony at Young Arena in Waterloo on Sat., Jan. 24.
Pavelski’s No. 8 sweater will become the fifth to be honored by the Waterloo franchise.
The center spent two seasons with Waterloo (2002-2004). In 2002-03, he helped lead team to their first Eastern Division Championship and a then-franchise record 38 wins. With 69 points (33 goals, 36 assists), he finished third among all USHL scorers and was named to the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game.
At the conclusion of the season, he was tabbed USHL Rookie of the Year, First Team All-USHL All-Star and a member of the USHL All-Rookie Team.
In June of 2003, Pavelski was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round (205th overall) of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
The following season as Waterloo team captain, Pavelski was again selected to the USHL Prospects/All-Star Game, finishing with 52 points (21 goals, 31 assists) in 54 games. That season culminated with the team winning their first National Championship, capturing the Clark Cup in 2004. Pavelski was named USA Hockey Junior Player of the Year.
Following two seasons at the University of Wisconsin and capturing an NCAA National Championship in 2006, Pavelski began his career with the San Jose Sharks organization and scored a goal in his first NHL game on Nov. 22, 2006 vs. Los Angeles.
In 171 regular season NHL games with San Jose, Pavelski has posted 100 points (46 goals, 54 assists). In addition, he scored the game-winning goal in overtime in the Western Conference Semi-Finals in Game 5 against the Dallas Stars at HP Pavilion on May 2, 2008.
This season, Pavelski is sixth on the Sharks with 32 points (13 goals, 19 assists) in 43 games.