Zachary Eli Goldberg Parise (born July 28, 1984) is an American professional ice hockey left winger who is currently serving as an alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played for the New Jersey Devils, where he served as team captain and led the team to the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals. Parise's father, J. P. Parisé, was a professional ice hockey player who played for Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, and his brother Jordan Parise is a retired professional hockey goaltender. He was an alternate captain for the United States at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the captain at the 2014 Sochi Olympics. Parise is of French-Canadian heritage.
Parise played midget AAA hockey for Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota, before spending two seasons at the University of North Dakota, where he was twice nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college ice hockey player in America. He was drafted by the Devils 17th overall in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and turned professional after his sophomore season, spending one year playing for the Albany River Rats of the American Hockey League (AHL). Parise joined the Devils for the 2005–06 season. Parise's best NHL season was in 2008–09, when he was the League's third-leading goal scorer (45) behind Jeff Carter with 46 and NHL leader Alexander Ovechkin with 56, while ranking fifth among all NHL players in points with 94.
Parise has represented the United States at several different events. He helped the USA ice hockey team win a gold medal at the 2004 World Junior Championships, where he was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player, Best Forward, and earned a spot on the Tournament All-Star Team. Parise was an alternate captain for the American team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, and scored the tying goal late in the gold medal game against Canada to send it to overtime. Parise and his teammates won a silver medal. After the tournament, Parise was named to the Tournament All-Star Team. Parise was also named captain for the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Parise played midget AAA hockey for four seasons for the Shattuck-St. Mary's Sabres in Faribault, Minnesota, where his father J. P. worked in the hockey program. During his final two years (2000–01 and 2001–02) at Shattuck-St. Mary's, he scored 146 goals and 194 assists in 125 games. While playing for the Sabres, Parise twice participated in the Mac's AAA Hockey Tournament held in Calgary, Alberta. In 2000 and 2001, Parise was named the tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) as well as being named to the tournament All-Star Team. He was the top scorer at the 2001 tournament. After his senior year at Shattuck-St. Mary's, Parise was named the school's Best All-Around Athlete.
Parise played NCAA hockey for the University of North Dakota (UND) starting with the 2002–03 season. In his first game with UND, Parise scored three goals, becoming only the second freshman to record a hat-trick since 1988. During his freshman season at UND, Parise led the NCAA in rookie scoring (26 goals and 35 assists), and finished eighth in the national scoring race. He captured a number of awards during the season, including being named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Rookie of the Week four times, and WCHA Offensive Player of the Week once. After the season, he was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, the only freshman nominated that year as well as the first-ever UND freshman nominee. Parise was named UND's Male Rookie Athlete of the Year after the 2002–03 season. In addition to these honors, Parise was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team and the All-WCHA Third Team. Parise was also named the recipient of the Jeff Anderson Hockey Scholarship, given to the MVP as voted by his teammates.
After his freshman season, Parise was eligible for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. Heading into the Draft, he was ranked as the ninth-best North American skater by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau. NHL teams had concerns about his size, but were impressed by his skill and work ethic. At the Draft, the New Jersey Devils traded to obtain the 17th overall pick from the Edmonton Oilers and used it to select Parise.
Parise returned to UND for his sophomore season after being drafted. Along with teammates Brandon Bochenski, Matt Smaby and Drew Stafford, Parise helped the University of North Dakota to the MacNaughton Cup as the WCHA Regular Season Champions. Parise was named a First Team All-American after the season. He was named as one of the ten nominees for the Hobey Baker Award, and was one of three finalists, losing out to eventual winner Junior Lessard. Parise was also named to the All-WCHA Academic Team, and the WCHA All-Tournament Team. After his sophomore season, Parise was named as the winner of the Cliff (Fido) Purpur Award, awarded by the coaching staff to the player who exemplifies "the characteristics of Purpur, a former UND coach, of hard work, determination and being a creator of excitement on the ice."
New Jersey Devils (2005–2012)
After his sophomore season at UND, Parise chose to forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility to sign a professional contract with the New Jersey Devils. He signed an entry-level contract with the Devils on March 29, 2004. Due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout, Parise spent his first professional season in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Albany River Rats. In his first professional season, Parise scored 18 goals and added 40 assists. He was chosen to play in the 2004–05 AHL All-Star Game.
Parise made his debut in the NHL at the start of the 2005–06 season. In his rookie year, Parise played in all but one game, totaling 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points. He became just the 12th player for the Devils to score a goal in his first NHL game. Parise scored his first career Stanley Cup playoff goal against the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals.
To open the following season, Parise set a franchise record for scoring the quickest season-opening goal, 26 seconds into the first game. For the season, he nearly doubled his scoring output of the previous season, totaling 62 points. Parise was chosen to play in the NHL YoungStars Game during the All-Star weekend, where he scored two goals and four assists and was named the game's MVP. Heading into the 2007–08 season, Parise and the Devils agreed to terms on a new, four-year contract on August 1, 2007. Parise led the Devils in scoring during the 2007–08 season with 65 points. On November 30, 2007, in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Parise got his first NHL natural hat-trick.
On October 3, 2008, Parise was named an alternate captain for the Devils. He had a breakout season during his fourth year in the NHL, which saw the Devils increase their scoring output by nearly half a goal per game, breaking away from the team's image as a mostly defensive team. While playing in all 82 games, Parise scored 45 goals and added 49 assists for 94 points. Parise finished fifth overall in NHL scoring, and was third in goal scoring, behind only Alexander Ovechkin and Jeff Carter. During the season, Parise was selected to represent the Eastern Conference at the 2009 All-Star Game. After the season, Parise was chosen as one of three nominees for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most sportsmanlike player. He was also chosen to the NHL's Second All-Star Team, and named the Devils' team MVP.
During the 2009–10 season, Parise played in 81 games for the Devils, finishing with 38 goals and 44 assists. Parise struggled at times, going 12 games without scoring at one point before recording two goals against the Atlanta Thrashers on December 28, 2009. During the playoffs, Parise and the Devils were eliminated in the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals by the Philadelphia Flyers in five games. Parise scored one goal and added three assists in the five playoff games. At the end of the season, he was selected as the Devils' team MVP for the second year in a row.
In November of the 2010–11 season, Parise tore the meniscus in his right knee, underwent surgery and was deemed to be likely out for the remainder of the season. On March 2, 2011, Parise was cleared to start skating and returned to play on April 2, the same night the Devils were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention.
On July 29, 2011, Parise signed a one-year contract worth $6 million with the Devils. On October 5, 2011, the Devils named him captain. Parise became the second captain in Devils history (the other being Scott Stevens) to lead them to the Stanley Cup Finals. The Devils were down 0–3 in the series before finally losing in six games at the hands of the Los Angeles Kings.
Minnesota Wild (2012–present)
In 2012, Zach left New Jersey to sign with the Minnesota Wild on July 4. In an interview with media from both NJ and Minnesota, he simply states 'I want to enjoy the lakes and my time here". After becoming an unrestricted free agent, Parise signed a 13-year contract worth $98 million with the Minnesota Wild. The move represented a homecoming for Parise, who grew up in the twin cities of Minneapolis–Saint Paul and whose father J. P. Parisé once captained the Minnesota North Stars. Parise joined fellow free agent signee Ryan Suter in signing with the Wild; Suter signed on terms identical to Parise's deal. Parise would wear number 11 with the Wild, the same number that his father J. P. wore with the North Stars, as number 9 was already taken by team captain Mikko Koivu. Both Parise and Suter were named alternate captains for the Wild on July 10.
Parise scored 18 goals along with 20 assists during the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season as the Wild qualified for the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time in five years as the eighth seed in the Western Conference, losing to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in five games in the opening round. Parise scored one goal during the series.
On March 20, 2014, Parise returned to the Prudential Center for the first time since leaving the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 off-season. Parise was booed every time he skated with the puck. When interviewed after the game, Parise stated that he was glad it was over.
On November 6, 2014, it was announced that Parise was out "indefinitely" due to a concussion he suffered two days earlier during a 4–1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Five games later, on November 16, he returned to the Wild lineup. He finished the season with 62 points.
The 2015-16 season brought a host of struggles for Parise, who struggled through a sprained MCL at the beginning of the season, before injuring his back near the end of the season. In a game against the San Jose Sharks, Parise sustained a hit from Logan Couture that further aggravated the injury, taking him out for the rest of the season and the Wild's short playoff run. Even with the injuries, Parise led the team in goals and was second in points. He also led the NHL with a total of three hat tricks on the season.
On October 23, 2016, Parise scored 2 goals to earn his 300th goal in his career, in a loss against the New York Islanders.
Although Parise's father J. P. played internationally for Canada during his hockey career, Zach and his brother Jordan are American citizens. Parise's international career started at the under-18 level, where he played for the United States during the 2002 IIHF World U18 Championships. Parise finished the tournament 14th overall in scoring with seven goals and three assists in eight games and the United States won the gold medal.
Parise next represented the United States at the under-20 level, playing at the 2003 World Junior Championships. Team USA finished in fourth place and Parise scored four goals and added four assists to finish eighth in tournament scoring. The following year, at the 2004 World Junior Championships, Parise led the Americans to their first-ever gold medal at the tournament. He scored five goals and added six assists and was awarded the Tournament MVP, Best Forward and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.
In 2005 and 2007, Parise played for the United States at the World Hockey Championships, although he did not suit up for the full slate of games in either event. In 2008, Parise served as an alternate captain for the American team at the World Championships. He was named Team USA's Player of the Game against Germany during this tournament, and he was also selected as one of the team's Top Three Players at the end of the tournament by the coaching staff.
On January 1, 2010, Parise was named to the 2010 Men's Olympic Hockey Team, and was later named as one of the team's alternate captains. Parise scored both of Team USA's goals in 2–0 quarter-final win over Switzerland. In the final against Canada, Parise scored a game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in the third period to send the game into overtime, although Parise and his teammates had to settle for the silver medal after a Sidney Crosby goal during overtime. For the tournament, Parise finished third in the tournament in scoring, and he was named to the Olympic All-Star team with countrymen Ryan Miller and Brian Rafalski. In 2014, Parise was again selected to represent his country at the Olympics, and was given the added responsibility of serving as team captain. Parise and the United States capped off their 2014 Olympic campaign with a 5–0 loss to Finland in the bronze medal game.
In 2016, Parise was selected to play for Team USA at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
His time to New Jersey's public library system, and serves as a Library Champion, a program which promotes the importance of reading to children. His best friend is Hailie H.
Parise resides in Orono, Minnesota. He is married to his college sweetheart Alisha Woods. The Parises are parents to twins, Jaxson and Emelia (born January 2014). Parise's parents, former NHL player and coach J. P. Parisé and Donna, lived in Prior Lake, Minnesota, until his father died on January 7, 2015, after suffering lung cancer. Parise's father was a Franco-Ontarian from Smooth Rock Falls in Northern Ontario, and was diagnosed with cancer during the Winter Olympics. Zach was born during his father's tenure as assistant coach of the Minnesota North Stars.
Parise trains with EVO Ultrafit, and is sponsored by Easton Hockey.
Parise's older brother Jordan is a retired professional goaltender who has played in the Devils system in the past.
Regular season and playoffs
|2002–03||University of North Dakota||NCAA||39||26||35||61||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2003–04||University of North Dakota||NCAA||37||23||32||55||24||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Albany River Rats||AHL||73||18||40||58||56||—||—||—||—||—|
|2005–06||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||14||18||32||28||9||1||2||3||2|
|2006–07||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||31||31||62||30||11||7||3||10||8|
|2007–08||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||32||33||65||25||5||1||4||5||2|
|2008–09||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||45||49||94||24||7||3||3||6||2|
|2009–10||New Jersey Devils||NHL||81||38||44||82||32||5||1||3||4||0|
|2010–11||New Jersey Devils||NHL||13||3||3||6||6||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||New Jersey Devils||NHL||82||31||38||69||32||24||8||7||15||4|
|2002||United States||WJC18||01 !||8||7||3||10||6|
|2004||United States||WJC||01 !||6||5||6||11||4|
|2010||United States||OG||02 !||6||4||4||8||0|
|Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament MVP||2000
|Mac's AAA Midget Hockey Tournament All-Star Team||2000
|Shattuck-St. Mary's Best All-Around Athlete||2002|
|University of North Dakota Male Rookie Athlete of the Year||2003|
|Jeff Anderson Hockey Scholarship||2003|
|WCHA All-Rookie Team||2003|
|All-WCHA Third Team||2003|
|All-WCHA First Team||2004|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2003–04|
|All-WCHA Academic Team||2004|
|WCHA All-Tournament Team||2004|
|Cliff (Fido) Purpur Award||2004|
|NHL Second All-Star Team||2009|
|New Jersey Devils MVP||2009
|World Junior Best Forward||2004|
|World Junior Tournament All-Star||2004|
|World Championships Player of the Game||2008 vs. Germany|
|World Championships Top Three Player||2008|
|Olympics Tournament All-Star Selection||2010|