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Olympic hockey player gets start in Waterloo

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WATERLOO (KWWL) - From the red, white and black to the red, white and blue. Hockey player Joe Pavelski now skates for the San Jose Sharks and represents Team USA in this year's Sochi Olympics. Prior to world fame, though, Pavelski started his career in a Waterloo Black Hawks jersey.

He spent two seasons with the Black Hawks, from 2002 to 2004. His younger brother, Scott Pavelski, is now the Assistant Coach for the Black Hawks, and said the two may differ in age by four years, but never did in stride.

"He was never a guy to push me aside, whether it was golf, hockey, baseball, bringing me along and always practicing with me and helping me out," Scott said.

With the Olympic podium now in reach, Scott said Joe serves as an inspiration for younger players.

"He likes to promote the game and show that kids from our town can make it to where he is. One in thousands make it, but there's still a chance you can, which, it's a good thing for him to show."

Scott Pavelski said at the end of the day, Joe is the same brother he grew up with, only now, he wears a different uniform.
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