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Bemidji's George Pelawa, right, shakes hands with Calgary Flames general manager Cliff Fletcher at the 1986 NHL Draft. Photo courtesy Calgary Flames

Bemidji star George Pelawa's memory lives on 25 years after he was selected by Calgary in NHL Draft

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George Pelawa was 6 feet, 4 inches and about 240 pounds.

"The biggest hockey player I ever saw," University of North Dakota associate coach Cary Eades said. "He was a real, living Paul Bunyan."


He could skate, puck-handle, shoot and hit, too.

The rare skill set made the Bemidji native one of the most coveted players that northern Minnesota has ever seen.

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