By all accounts George Pelawa was destined for greatness. At eighteen-years-old he was physically imposing, standing 6'3" and weighing 235 lbs, and his hands were as soft as the way he spoke which is why the Calgary Flames couldn't resistáselecting the native of Bemidji, Minnesota, 16th overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Very few ever saw him play, but the one's that didásaid he handled the puck like a 5'10", 170-pound superstar, had a quick release, skated very well, and had a bit of a nasty streak though at times he was accused of being too soft. He was an all-round athlete, as he also played fullback on the Bemidji Lumberjacks football team, averagingá9.9 yds a carry in his senior year. Pelawa was not a great student, and because of that the University of Minnesota passed on him, d ...
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