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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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...

Zach Parise expected to miss some games for struggling Wild

BLOG POST Updated: Dec 27 2013 - 8:47 AM

Update: My presumption below was correct. Stephane Veilleux was recalled again with Parise hurt. In addition, Josh Harding is also rejoining the team today. We'll see later if it's at all...

Wild lineup is adjusted after Parise sits out

ARTICLE Updated: Dec 24 2013 - 5:47 AM

PHILADELPHIA – Monday morning, Mike Yeo said he would keep his forward lines a surprise until warmups prior to the Wild’s game against the Flyers.The surprise was not a good one.Zach...

Parise returns but Wild's slump continues in 3-1 loss to Colorado

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 30 2013 - 3:00 AM

Ninety minutes before Friday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, Zach Parise sat on the Wild bench with headphones in his ears and a stick held horizontally across his chest.Parise does this...

Zach Parise tried, but he won't play tonight; Ballard, Harding back; Granlund, Mitchell maybes

BLOG POST Updated: Nov 27 2013 - 3:59 PM

UPDATEDMaybe Zach Parise was inspired by Parise the horse coming off a year away and winning Woodbine's first race Saturday.Parise arrived at Xcel Energy Center this morning in a walking boot and was...

Wild's loss is doubly painful: Parise suffers foot injury

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 26 2013 - 6:00 AM

ST. LOUIS – Wild brass, players and fans will be holding their collective breath the next few days while it is determined just how serious of a foot injury Zach Parise sustained Monday...

Wild notes: Parise steams over waved-off goal

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 26 2013 - 5:28 AM

ST. LOUIS – Zach Parise still was perplexed after Monday’s 3-0 loss to the Blues for having a goal disallowed 30 seconds in.Referee Frederick L’Ecuyer ruled Parise deflected Ryan...

Postgame: Parise injured as the Wild begins a difficult stretch of games with a loss at St. Louis

BLOG POST Updated: Nov 25 2013 - 11:30 PM

First things first, on Tuesday, the persistent question I understandably expect to get from all Wild fans is, “Any update on Zach Parise yet?”The answer will probably be,...

Wild Minute: Parise-Koivu split? Here's why

VIDEO Updated: Nov 16 2013 - 6:57 AM

Wild Minute: Parise, Zidlicky reunions tonight

VIDEO Updated: Nov 16 2013 - 6:55 AM

Parise's fondness for Devils remains

ARTICLE Updated: Nov 3 2013 - 6:08 PM

The state of New Jersey tends to be maligned and misunderstood by Midwesterners, who frequently associate it with blighted cities, fictional mob bosses and in-your-face attitude. Not Zach Parise, who...

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