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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Hartman: Former North Star Parise enjoys son's play with Wild

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 8 2015 - 10:42 PM

J.P. Parise, the father of Wild star Zach Parise and a former North Stars standout, reached the Stanley Cup playoffs eight times in his 14-year career and knows how excited his son is to be playing...

Wild stung 4-3 in overtime by San Jose

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 7 2015 - 9:41 AM

Ryan Suter got a phone call from Zach Parise, and his heart sunk with pity. Jason Zucker and most other teammates didn’t learn of Parise’s absence until they noticed his No. 11 jersey...

Parise's routine with Wild becomes far from routine

ARTICLE Updated: Jan 6 2015 - 7:01 AM

Zach Parise has the same routine before every game.After taking a saw and cutting the knobs of his sticks, after fiddling with the blades and the tape, the Wild’s leader grabs his iPod, tiptoes...

No timetable set for Parise's return from a concussion

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 7 2014 - 12:28 AM

OTTAWA – The Wild suffered what Mike Yeo called Thursday morning a “tough blow” when the Wild coach revealed Zach Parise has been diagnosed with a concussion.Parise, the...

Scoggins: Fading-fast Wild can't start a fire without some spark

ARTICLE Updated: May 6 2014 - 11:50 AM

At its best, the Wild is the hockey equivalent of a pest, a team that makes life difficult for its opponent because it refuses to just go away.Wild fans witnessed that team for seven glorious games...

Souhan: If Wild scorers aren't scoring, it's a problem

ARTICLE Updated: May 5 2014 - 12:05 PM

Chicago – The dressing area of the Wild’s locker room at United Center was mostly empty when visitors arrived after the game on Sunday afternoon. Nameplates had been removed from the...

Parise, Toews enjoying much better postseasons

ARTICLE Updated: May 3 2014 - 2:02 AM

CHICAGO – Of all the things that probably should take Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews out of his element, it seems nothing comes close to the nervousness of losing to his teammates in...

Game 7 stage is set for Wild's Parise, Avs' MacKinnon

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 30 2014 - 5:50 AM

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon is 18, a future superstar who has used blinding speed and a lethal shot to roast the Wild.The Wild’s Zach Parise is 29, a...

Souhan: Parise gives fans, management what they envisioned

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 29 2014 - 11:48 AM

This is what it was supposed to feel like, and look like.These are the kinds of nights Wild management imagined when it brought Zach Parise home.In his biggest game in green to date, Parise played...

Parise's two goals lift Wild past Colorado to force Game 7

ARTICLE Updated: Apr 29 2014 - 8:45 AM

For part of Monday night, it looked as if the Wild was staring at an offseason of regret.Most notably, there were those two overtime losses in Denver, both coming in games in which the Wild...

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...

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