Zach Parise

Raised on hockey, he came home to Minnesota on July 4, 2012, when he agreed to terms with the Wild. Immediately named an alternate captain of the team, Parise is known for his never-stop work ethic on the ice and off.

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Minnesota Wild


Left wing




5 ft. 11 in.


185 lb.


University of North Dakota


$2 million in 2012-13


New Jersey Devils MVP (2009, 2010), NHL Second All-Star Team (2009), Olympics All-Star Selection (2010), All-America First Team (2004)

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Wild notes: Devils fans have little love for Parise

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 21 2014 - 1:55 AM

NEWARK, N.J. – Zach Parise heard loud and clear Thursday night how disenchanted New Jersey Devils fans still are about his decision to sign a 13-year deal with the Wild two summers ago rather...

Granlund-Parise-Pominville line clicked from the start

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 15 2014 - 2:17 AM

With his team trailing Colorado 4-1 in the third period that January night, coach Mike Yeo needed to find something to give the Wild new life. So he sent a trio of the team’s most skilled...

Wild back to winning ways with close victory over Rangers

ARTICLE Updated: Mar 14 2014 - 1:44 AM

The Wild and its fans got a preview of what it should look like the rest of the season.The Wild and New York Rangers are battling hard to make the playoffs in opposite conferences, and Thursday night...

Wild notes: Parise, Suter were The Odd Couple in Sochi

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 28 2014 - 5:58 AM

EDMONTON, ALBERTA – Zach Parise and Ryan Suter were back in uniform Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers, trading USA Hockey’s sweater for the Wild’s jersey again after two...

Parise stands up for Bylsma; Koivu continues to progress

BLOG POST Updated: Feb 24 2014 - 3:56 PM

Zach Parise, along with fellow Olympians Ryan Suter and Mikael Granlund, was given the day off today by the Wild, but the veteran winger and United States captain wanted to clarify comments he made...

Wild's Parise reflects on the one that got away

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 22 2014 - 6:25 AM

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Zach Parise parked himself in his usual position in front of the goal, the place he likes to roam on power plays.A teammate spotted him, executed a perfect pass, and Parise...

Scoggins: Team USA moves on to toughest challenge

ARTICLE Updated: Feb 20 2014 - 11:57 AM

SOCHI, RUSSIA – Zach Parise and Ryan Suter entered the quarterfinals of the Olympic hockey tournament with zero points between them.That’s not a knock against Team USA’s captain and...

Parise will captain U.S. Olympic team; Suter is alternate captain

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 31 2014 - 1:31 PM

With the Wild lounging around Newport Beach, Calif., earlier this week, Zach Parise had to step out when his cell phone buzzed with Dan Bylsma’s name coming up on the caller I.D.Parise, the...

Parise's presence being felt for Wild

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 30 2014 - 12:49 PM

DENVER – A day after beating the top team in the NHL, and less than 12 hours after getting to the team hotel in Colorado, Zach Parise was back on the ice with a few teammates working up a sweat...

Parise shines, Wild picks up a big road win in Anaheim

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 29 2014 - 3:21 PM

ANAHEIM, CALIF. – The Wild overturned several trends in the process of defeating the NHL’s best team Tuesday night.Zach Parise scored a goal and added two assists, and goalie Darcy...

Spurgeon, Koivu travel; Wild's Parise no worse for the wear

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 25 2014 - 11:33 AM

SAN JOSE, Calif. – After a long flight and a one-hour practice Friday, Zach Parise pronounced his left foot pain-free and ready for another game Saturday night. Although not a surprise, that...

Parise back after stint as Olympic 'model'

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 24 2014 - 12:29 AM

After missing 14 games, Wild forward Zach Parise returned to action Thursday night against Chicago. There was less pain in his injured foot, but Parise was still a bit uncomfortable — thanks to...

Parise models USA gear, will play tonight for Wild

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 23 2014 - 12:54 PM

Zach Parise took a lot of ribbing from Wild teammates today when pictures of him modeling Team USA Olympic gear were released (see below).But the good news for Parise is he will return to action...

Signs point to Zach Parise's return to Wild lineup Thursday vs. Hawks

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 23 2014 - 6:25 AM

Zach Parise skated hard as part of a new line at Wild practice Wednesday. During full-contact drills, he battled and bumped. When the team practiced the power play, he took his place with the first...

Families and athletes thinking twice about traveling to Sochi

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 22 2014 - 1:36 PM

As he prepares to take the Olympic hockey stage, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter just made an unwelcome change of plans: His family now won’t be watching him from the stands in Sochi,...

Wild's Parise back on the ice with teammates

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 16 2014 - 7:10 AM

Wearing a yellow “handle with care” noncontact jersey, Wild forward Zach Parise practiced with a dozen teammates Wednesday for the first time since Dec. 22.Parise, who has missed 11...

Parises have twins, a boy and a girl

BLOG POST Updated: Jan 9 2014 - 10:46 AM

Wild winger Zach Parise and his wife, Alisha, are the parents of twins.Jaxson and Emelia are the names, according to a tweet from the Wild, and they were born yesterday.While the Wild practices in...

U.S. men's hockey team will include 8 Minnesotans

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 2 2014 - 4:15 PM

There will be a distinct Minnesota flavor when the U.S. men’s hockey team takes the ice in Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics next month.Of the 25 players who made the U.S. roster...

Fractured foot will keep Parise out indefinitely

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 30 2013 - 9:56 PM

There is still no exact time frame as to how long Zach Parise will be missing from the Wild lineup, but in the past few days, coach Mike Yeo has changed his tune from labeling him day-to-day.That...

Wild begins life for a bit without Zach Parise; Why the Wild called up Stephane Veilleux

BLOG POST Updated: Dec 27 2013 - 6:35 PM

Wild and Winnipeg Jets tonight in the frozen tundra of Manitoba. I did my almost-midseason analysis in today’s newspaper. That can be found at this link.The Wild got on an 8:30 a.m. flight and...

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