Sue Koski Biography
Sue Koski was best known for being the first wife of Mark Pavelich, an American professional ice hockey forward who played 355 regular-season games in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, and San Jose Sharks between 1981 and 1992. Pavelich was a member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team that won the gold medal in what has been called the “Miracle on Ice”.
Sue Koski & Mark Pavelich
Pavelich married Sue Koski on September 11, 1985. The couple had one daughter, Tarja, in 1987 and divorced in 1989.
Pavelich married his second wife Kara Burmachuk in 1994. They had no children. She died at age 44 in an accidental fall from a second-story balcony at their Lutsen, Minnesota home on Thursday, September 6, 2012.
In April 2014, Pavelich announced that he was putting his Olympic medal up for auction, with bidding beginning at $62,500. The medal sold in May 2014 for $262,900 through Dallas-based auction house Heritage Auctions. Pavelich is the second player from the 1980 team to put a medal up for sale, with teammate Mark Wells having sold his in late 2010.
Pavelich’s brother-in-law was also a hockey player and now coaches for the Hibbing Bluejackets, in Hibbing, Minnesota.
Mark Pavelich Death & Cause
He died on March 4, 2021, at a residential treatment center for mental illness in Sauk Centre, Minnesota. He is the second member of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to die, the first being Bob Suter.
Officials in Anoka County, Minnesota, confirmed Friday that Pavelich died at the Eagle’s Healing Nest in Sauk Centre, Minnesota, on Thursday morning. The cause and manner of death are still pending.
“We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich,” USA Hockey said in a statement. “We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family & friends. (He is) forever a part of hockey history.”
We are saddened to hear about the passing of 1980 Olympic gold medalist Mark Pavelich. We extend our deepest condolences to Mark’s family & friends.
Forever a part of hockey history. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/xS04DMGtLd
— USA Hockey (@usahockey) March 5, 2021