J.P. Parise played for four other National Hockey League teams, although one of them was a single game with the Toronto Maple Leafs. But Parise, who died Wednesday, made enough of a name for himself while playing for the New York Islanders that he is being fondly remembered out east.

Parise was also an important figure in Canadian hockey before becoming known for his Minnesota and New York years.

Here's a look at some of what's being written:

The New York Post is describing Parise as the "first hero" of the Islanders dynasty of the mid-1970s. Larry Brooks wrote: "Somehow, Parise was an Islander for only three years. But he was a cornerstone, an essential building block for the greatest of hockey teams. He had character, on and off the ice, and it rubbed off on everyone."

You can read his full article here.

Rich Chere of the Newark Star-Ledger wrote:"Although it was well-known that J.P. Parise was battling lung cancer for the past year, the (New Jersey) Devils were shaken when the former player and father of Zach Parise passed away Wednesday night at the age of 73. "It's a sad day because you all know how close we were with Zach and his family," Devils GM/coach Lou Lamoriello said.

The full article is here.

Mark Herrmann of New York Newsday began his obituary by writing: "When the Islanders acquired J.P. Parise in 1975, they hoped his veteran presence would help provide direction to a young team. He did that and more. His series-clinching goal against the Rangers 11 seconds into overtime established the franchise's proud identity, which still stands. Because of that goal, and the remarkable playoff run that followed it, Islanders fans are and forever will be grateful to Parise, who died Wednesday night after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 73."

The full article is here.

Stephen Whyno of the Canadian Press wrote about Parise's role in the 1972 "Summit Series" between Canada and the Soviet Union, which marked a breakthrough in international hockey competition: "During his playing career, Parise is most remembered for skating on a line with Phil Esposito and Wayne Cashman during the Summit Series and getting ejected in the eighth game, which Canada won on Paul Henderson's famous goal. Parise played in six of the eight games during the legendary series against the Soviet Union.

"Hockey Canada chief operating officer Scott Smith credits that team for the growth of the game across Canada. 'I think that group of 1972 players contributed greatly to both things: the interest in international hockey and the significance of any Canada-Russia game but also for the development of coaches at the grassroots level,' Smith said in a phone interview."

The full article is here.