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NHL PLAYER, Zach Parise


Born Jul 28, 1984 -- Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Selected by New Jersey Devils round 1 #17 overall 2003 NHL Entry Draft

Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger of French-Canadian origin, and alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the New Jersey Devils, where he served as team captain. Parise's father, J. P. Parisé, was a professional ice hockey player who played for Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, and his brother Jordan Parise is a professional hockey goaltender.

Parise made his debut in the NHL at the start of the 2005–06 season. In his rookie year, Parise played in all but one game, totaling 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points. He became just the 12th player for the Devils to score a goal in his first NHL game. Parise scored his first career playoff goal against the New York Rangers in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

To open the following season, Parise set a franchise record for scoring the quickest season-opening goal, 26 seconds into the first game. For the season, he nearly doubled his scoring output of the previous season, totaling 62 points. Parise was chosen to play in the NHL YoungStars Game during the All-Star weekend, where he scored two goals and four assists and was named the game's MVP. Heading into the 2007–08 season, Parise and the Devils agreed to terms on a new, 4-year contract on August 1, 2007.

On October 3, 2009, Parise was named an alternate captain for the Devils. Parise had a breakout season during his 4th year in the NHL, which saw the Devils increase their scoring output by nearly half a goal per game, breaking away from the team's image as a mostly defensive team. While playing in all 82 games, Parise scored 45 goals and added 49 assists for 94 points. Parise finished 5th overall in league scoring, and was 3rd in goal scoring, behind only Alexander Ovechkin and Jeff Carter. During the season, Parise was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2008–09 NHL All-Star Game. After the season, Parise was chosen as one of three nominees for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. He was also chosen to the NHL's Second All-Star Team, and named the Devils team MVP.

On July 4, 2012, after becoming an unrestricted free agent, Parise signed a 13-year contract worth US$98 million with the Minnesota Wild. The move represented a homecoming for Parise, who grew up in the Twin Cities and whose father J. P. Parise once captained the Minnesota North Stars. Parise joined fellow free-agent signee Ryan Suter in signing with the Wild; Suter signed on terms identical to Parise's deal. Parise will wear number 11 with the Wild, the same number that his father J. P. wore with the North Stars. Both Parise and Suter were named alternate captains for the Wild on July 10.

Internationally, Parise has represented the United States at several different events. He helped the Americans win a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where he was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and Best Forward and earned a spot on the Tournament All-Star Team. Parise was an alternate captain for the American team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and scored the tying goal late in the gold medal game against Canada to send it to overtime. Parise and his teammates won a silver medal. After the tournament, Parise was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.

Source: Wikipedia


Parise stays hot as Wild clinch playoff spot April 03, 2018

Zach Parise continued his torrid spring last night, tallying two goals in a 3-0 defeat of the Edmonton Oilers. The 33-year-old winger added 4 shots on net and a +2 rating, and would go on to be named the 1st star of the contest. Parise has been one of the hottest players in the NHL of late. He is currently on a 7-game point streak in which he has registered 7 goals and 2 assists.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the recap here


Dumba and Parise too much for Stars March 30, 2018

Matt Dumba and Zach Parise were named the 2nd and 3rd stars respectively last night, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Dallas Stars by a score of 5-2. Dumba tallied 4 points in the win (1 goal, 3 assists), along with 3 blocked shots and a +3 rating. Parise, meanwhile, scored 2 goals – including the game-winner, along with 3 shots on net. After dealing with injury issues during the first half of the season, the Minneapolis-native has come on strong in the month of March, registering 9 goals (3 game-winners) and 3 assists in 14 games played.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the story here

Parise leads the charge in Wild win January 06, 2017

Zach Parise was named the 3rd star of the contest last night, as the Minnesota scored three unanswered goals in a come from behind, 5-4 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Wild’s assistant captain finished the game with three points (1 goal, 2 assists), a +2 rating and a game-high, 5 shots on net. The 32-year-old Minneapolis-native has been on a mini-streak of late, with 2 goals and 3 assists in his 4 games.

For more on Parise and last night’s game, check out the recap here

Parise nets 300th career goal October 24, 2016

Zach Parise scored two goals – including the 300th of his career – in the Minnesota Wild’s 6-3 defeat to the New Islanders last night. The 32-year-old sharpshooter was a constant threat around the Islanders net, recording a game-high 10 shots on goal. Through six games this season, the Minnesota-native has tallied 2 goals and 3 assists, and ranks 3rd in the NHL in shots on net with 25.

For more on Parise and last night’s game, keep reading the story here

Parise looking forward to World Cup of Hockey August 11, 2016

There is no question in Zach Parise’s mind that he will be ready to go for the upcoming 2016 World Cup of Hockey, presented in Toronto next month. The 32-year-old is raring to go after an injury late in the season cost him his chance at competing in a playoff run with the Minnesota Wild.  In 70 games this past season, the dynamic winger tallied 25 goals and added 28 assists.

For more on Parise, check out the story here

Parise and Kessel named 1st and 3rd stars March 28, 2016

Zach Parise and Phil Kessel were named the NHL’s first and third stars respectively on Monday, for the week ending March 27th. With his team fighting to hold on to a playoff spot in the contentious Western Conference, Parise guided the Minnesota Wild to three wins in three contests, registering a league-high five goals and seven points in that span. Kessel meanwhile tied the Minneapolis-native with seven points in three games, while leading the NHL in assists with 5.  

For more on Parise and Kessel, check out the story here

Parise erupts with 4-point game March 25, 2016

Zach Parise tallied three goals and an assist last night, in the Minnesota Wild’s 6-2 victory over the Calgary Flames. The Minneapolis-native registered a game-high six shots on net and would later be named the 1st star of the contest. It was Parise’s 3rd hat trick of the season (a league-high) and 5th of his career. The sharpshooting winger has now scored 20 or more goals in 8 of his 11 NHL seasons, and is just 4 shy of 300 for his career.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the story here

Parise carries the load in Wild victory January 06, 2016

Zach Parise scored 3 goals last night—including the game winner—as the Minnesota Wild held on for 4-2 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was the second hat trick of the year for the 31-year-old winger, making him just the second Wild player to have achieved the feat twice in the same season. He would go on to be named the first star of the contest, leading his team in shots (4) and plus/minus (+4).

For more on last night’s game, check out the story here

Parise leads Wild past Sharks December 14, 2015

Zach Parise was named the first star on Saturday night, guiding the Minnesota Wild to a 2-0 win over the San Jose Sharks. The Minneapolis-native scored the game-winning goal early in the third period, and added an assist on the Wild’s second goal. The 11-year pro has been productive of late, registering five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last four contests.

For more on Saturday’s game, check out the story here

Parise guides Wild to 3rd straight win October 16, 2015

The Minnesota Wild are off to a 3-0 start thanks in due part to Zach Parise, who has scored in each game thus far, including last night’s 4-3 victory over the Arizona Coyotes. The native of Minneapolis, Minnesota has been on fire to start the season, scoring five times in just three games. He was named the first star in Thursday’s latest win, registering a goal and an assist along with 3 shots on net.

For more on Parise, keep reading the post here

Parise’s hat trick keys Wild comeback in Denver October 09, 2015

Zach Parise scored 3 times last night–including the game-winning goal—as the Minnesota Wild erased a three-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4. The 31-year-old marksman is the second Wild player to score a hat trick in a season opener, and the 49th in NHL history.  He went on to be named the first star of the contest, finishing the game with 6 shots on net and a +2 rating.

For more on Parise, keep reading the story here

Dumba and Parise shine in big win September 28, 2015

Matt Dumba scored twice and set up two others, as the Minnesota Wild steamrolled the Winnipeg Jets buy a score of 8-1. The 21-year-old defenseman led all skaters with 5 shots on net as well as a plus/minus rating of +6.  He would go on to be named the 1st star of the contest. Meanwhile, Parise registered 3 points in the match, tallying 1 goal and two assists.

For more on last night’s Wild victory, keep reading the story here.  

Parise carries Wild through to the 2nd round April 28, 2015

Zach Parise scored twice on Sunday night, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 4-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues, booking their spot in the Western Conference Second Round in the process. The 30-year-old Minneapolis-native went on to be named the first star of the contest. Parise has been one of the best performers in the NHL playoffs thus far, scoring three goals and tallying four assists in six games played.

For more on Sunday’s game, check out the recap here

Parise clutch in Wild’s Game 3 win April 21, 2015

Zach Parise was named the first star on Monday, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the St. Louis Blues 3-0 in Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round. The 30-year-old winger scored a goal and added an assist in the contest, along with 2 shots on net and plus/minus rating of +2. He currently leads his team in points with 4 (1 goal, 3 assists), good for 2nd overall in the NHL playoffs to date.

For more on last night’s game, check out the story here

Parise helps guide the Wild to big win March 06, 2015

Zach Parise had the primary assist on the tying and winning goal last night, as the Minnesota Wild came from behind to beat the Washington Capitals, 2-1.  The 30-year-old winger has been a big part of the Wild’s resurgence in the second half of the season, which currently has them sitting in sole possession of 4th place in the Central Division. Through 64 games, Parise leads his team in both goals (25) and point (48).

For more on last night’s game, check out the piece here

Parise named first star in Wild win February 23, 2015

Zach Parise was front and center in the Minnesota Wild’s 6-2 victory over the Dallas Stars last night, scoring twice in the contest. The 30-year-old star winger has been the go-to scorer for the Wild all season long, leading the team in both goals (25) and points (46).  A perennial 30-goal scorer for much of his career, Parise is on pace for 36 this year, which would be highest total since 2009.

For more on the Wild’s victory, check out the article here

Parise’s hot run culminates with 3rd star selection January 26, 2015

Zach Parise was named the 3rd star of this past week’s action (January 18-25), scoring three goals in two games for the Minnesota Wild. The 2009 NHL All-star has been on fire of late, scoring in four consecutive games (5 goals, 1 assist).  In that time span he has been an impressive +4, scored two power play goals, and averaged almost 6 shots per contest.

For more on Parise, check out the story here

Parise and Dumba lead Wild to big win January 16, 2015

Zach Parise and Matt Dumba both scored last night, in the Minnesota Wild’s 7-0 romp over the Buffalo Sabres.  Parise was named the second star of the match after registering 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) and 6 shots on net. Dumba meanwhile had one of his best games of the season, netting his second goal while adding 2 shots and three hits to the scoresheet. The offensive D-man also finished the game with a career-best, +3 rating.

For more on last night’s game, check out the story here

Parise the difference in Wild win November 17, 2014

Zach Parise made a big impact in his return from injury last night, as the Minnesota Wild defeated the Winnipeg Jets by a score of 4-3.  The Wild’s offensive leader quickly made his presence known in the contest, scoring two first period goals to put Minnesota up 3-0. He finished the game with 4 shots on net and 4 hits, along with a plus/minus rating of +2.  Through 12 games this season, Parise has 6 goals and 6 assists.

For more on last night’s game, check out the piece here

Parise and Dumba star in victory November 03, 2014

The Minnesota Wild stretched their winning streak to three games on Saturday, after comfortably defeating the Dallas Stars by a score of 4-1.  The game featured the first goal of the season by highly touted defenseman Matt Dumba, as well as a two-assist night for Zach Parise. While the latter has begun the season in fine form with 10 points in 10 games thus far (4 goals, 6 assists), Dumba appears to be maturing into a full-fledged NHL’er. The 20-year-old rearguard has been getting more and more ice-time as the season has progressed, and making good use of it, taking 3 shots on net in each of his last three games.

For more on last night’s game, check out the story here

Parise does it all in huge Wild win April 29, 2014

With their collective backs against the wall, the Minnesota Wild, led by Zach Parise’s 4-point performance, beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 last night to force a seventh and decisive game. The Minnesota-born left winger scored 2 goals, including the game winner, and assisted on two others.  He now leads all scorers in the playoffs with ten points (3 goals, 7 assists).

For more on Parise keep reading the article here.

Parise helps solidify the Wild’s playoff position April 01, 2014

With less than 2 weeks left to play in the season, the Minnesota Wild beat the Los Angeles Kings 3-2, Monday, putting them 5 points clear of the Phoenix Coyotes for the last wildcard spot. Zach Parise was named the third star of the game after scoring a goal and an assist in the win. The Minnesota-native has stepped up big in the last five games, scoring five goals and an assist in that period.

For more on the Wild’s win last night, keep reading the piece here.


Parise scores again in win over Flames March 04, 2014

Zack Parise scored the winning goal in Minnesota’s 3-2 victory last night over Calgary. The hometown-native tipped in a point shot with just over five minutes to play in regulation to consolidate the win. The goal was his 6th in the past 8 games, giving him 21 for the year.  Since returning from injury on January 23rd, Parise has 12 points in 10 games played.

For more on last night’s contest, check out the story here.

Backes and Parise score as Americans win 5-2 February 20, 2014

Team U.S.A. advanced through to the semifinals, Wednesday, after beating the Czech Republic, 5-2. David Backes led the charge for the Americans with 2 points, including a key goal with just 1.8 seconds left in the first period. Zach Parise put the game on ice halfway through the second, slotting home his first goal of the tournament to make the score 4-1.

For more on Wednesday’s quarterfinal clash, keep reading the article here.

Parise to captain U.S. Olympic hockey team in Sochi January 31, 2014

A day after exploding for 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists) and 9 shots on net in a 5-4 loss to the Colorado Avalanche, Wild forward Zach Parise was named captain of the U.S. Olympic team, Friday.  An integral member of the American squad that won silver in Vancouver 4 years ago, the nine-year NHL veteran has 34 points in 41 games this year for the Minnesota Wild.

For more on Parise, keep reading the story here.

Harding and Parise do the heavy lifting in 3-1 win December 09, 2013

Thanks to a gargantuan performance by goaltender Josh Harding last night, the Minnesota Wild hung on to defeat the San Jose sharks, 3-1. Outshot 38-12, the 2012-13 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy winner kept his team in the game and then some, stopping all but one shot he faced.  He would go on to be named the first star of the contest. Meanwhile, Zach Parise took care of the Wild’s attack, scoring two goals including the empty-netter that iced the game with six seconds remaining.

For more on last night’s game, keep reading the piece here.

Zach Parise named 1st star in 5-1 victory November 06, 2013

The Minnesota Wild won their 3rd game in a row last night, in what was a sterling performance by the first star of the match, Zach Parise. The Minneapolis-native was easily the best player on the ice, scoring twice and assisting on another, while leading all skaters with five shots on net.  Parise now leads the team in points with 14, and trails only Jason Pominville in goals with 8.

For more on Minnesota’s win last night, keep reading the story here.

Parise singled out as a leader and top player for U.S. squad July 26, 2013

Along with Wild teammate Ryan Suter, Zach Parise has been tabbed by U.S. Olympic associate GM David Poile as a key member of the next generation of great American hockey players.  Invited to the U.S. orientation camp in late August, Parise will be looked upon to play a leading role in the 2-day affair, which will feature a number of young prospects, such as Seth Jones and Alex Galchenyuk.

For more on Parise and the U.S. Olympic team, keep reading the post here.

For an in-depth look into the make-up of the U.S. orientation camp roster, check out the article here.

Welcome Back! Leafs, Wild, Islanders and Habs return to the playoffs April 29, 2013

In a shortened season with storylines a plenty, the playoffs begin with a decidedly “old school vibe”, as a number of teams with legendary pasts return to the fold.  Most notable of all are the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming back after a dry spell kept them out since the 2003-04 season. They will take on their old rivals the Boston Bruins, a classic original six matchup that should prove to be a hard-hitting, action-packed affair. 

For more on the Leafs/Bruins series, keep reading The Globe and Mail article here

The Islanders and Wild return after not making the playoffs since 07’ and 08’, respectively. Both teams will look to do better this time around. Neither has made it out of the first round since the Wild advanced all the way to the conference finals in 02-03.

For what makes the Islanders a fun team to watch in these playoffs, click on the SB Nation write-up  here.

To find out about the Wild’s chances, keep reading the Star Tribune story here

As for the Canadiens, It has only been a year since they last qualified, but it was the turnaround from last year that was so impressive. After finishing 15th in the east in the 2011-12 season, few could have imagined a 2nd place finish this year.  

For a peek into how the Habs could win it all, read the post here.


Parise scores twice as Wild earn victory over Stars March 25, 2013 – Dallas, Texas - TSN, Associated Press

DALLAS -- The Minnesota Wild turned to their offence to extend their winning streak.

Zach Parise scored two goals and added an assist and the Wild's win streak reached six games with a 7-4 victory over Dallas Stars on Monday.

Both of Parise's goals came on bounces that barely made it over the goal line. Mikko Koivu, Matt Cullen and Kyle Brodziak each had a goal and assist for Minnesota, which won for the first time in Dallas since March 21, 2003, snapping a 16-game losing streak in Dallas (0-11-5).

"It was a hard game," said Parise, who leads the team with 14 goals. "I think we're overcoming some demons this year with some buildings that have been hard for this team. That's a good thing for us, we're playing with confidence."

For more on this story, click here.

Source: TSN, Associated Press