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George Pelawa received congratulations from Calgary Flames general manager Cliff Fletcher after Calgary selected him 16th overall in the 1986 NHL draft. Submitted Photo

Pelawa scholarship to continue with help from Calgary Flames, local group

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As the puck dropped and squirted into the corner to start the 1986 state high school hockey tournament's first-round game between Bemidji and Hibbing, George Pelawa and the Bluejacket defenseman raced to gain control.


The Hibbing player was the first to reach the puck and Pelawa, instead of trying to stick-handle it away, lowered his shoulder and delivered the blow.

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Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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