Jets' Ondrej Pavelec living out big-league dream

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KEN WIEBE, QMI Agency

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A simple case of curiosity -- and perhaps a stroke of good fortune -- led Ondrej Pavelec to become a goaltender.

"I was four or five years old and one day the coach brought the goalie gear into the dressing room and asked if anybody wanted to try it," Pavelec, who is enjoying another solid season with the Winnipeg Jets, recalled on Monday. "Most of the parents were like 'no way' but my parents had gone to work after driving me to the rink, so I grabbed the gear."

Pavelec never played a game at another position and his dedication to protecting the crease eventually led him to a job at hockey's highest level, though that dream didn't take shape until he was 16.


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