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Continued: Wild's Parise isn't expecting a warm Jersey welcome

  • Article by: MICHAEL RUSSO , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 20, 2014 - 12:12 PM

Minnesota was perfect.

Parise grew up in and around Minneapolis. He and his fiancée, Alisha, were getting married a few weeks after free agency and planned to start a family.

Suter grew up in nearby Madison, Wis., and his wife, Becky, is from the Twin Cities.

Every team was offering contract lengths that likely would take them to the end of their careers, so Minnesota just made so much sense and has been everything Parise envisioned.

“It’s been awesome and fantastic,” Parise said.

Alisha gave birth to the couple’s first children — a boy and girl — in January, and Parise’s parents, former North Star J.P. Parise and Donna, are “perfect baby sitters.” Parise gets to be home for special events and holidays, such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, and his father gets to come to practices and pregame meals.

Eager to succeed

Parise still feels the “sting” of losing in the Cup Final, although that’s his best memory of New Jersey. It also drives him two years later in a Wild sweater.

“Losing when you’re that close is brutal,” Parise said. “It’s so hard to get there. You never know if you’re going to get the chance to get back there. A lot of things have to go right, you have to get lucky, you have to have a great team, but it is motivating to try as hard as you can because careers go by pretty quickly.

“You want to get back there and have another crack.”

Matt Moulson, a three-time 30-goal scorer with the Islanders, returned to Long Island on Tuesday and scored two goals and an assist in a 6-0 Wild win.

You know Parise would love to replicate that.

“He’ll be nervous,” Suter said. “He’ll be up for that game, and it’ll be fun for the guys, too. We want to go out and play hard for him.”

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