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Born July 28, 1984 (1984-07-28) (age 25),
Minneapolis, MN
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team New Jersey Devils
Ntl. team  United States
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2003
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 2005 – present

Zachary Justin Parise (born July 28, 1984) is a ice hockey player and an alternate captain of the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League (NHL)[1] and the US Olympic Team for the 2010 Winter Olympics. In his breakout 2008–09 season, Parise was the league's third leading goal scorer (45) behind Jeff Carter with 46 and league leader Alexander Ovechkin with 56, while ranking fifth among all NHL players in points with 94.[2]


Playing career

Parise, son of former center J. P. Parise, played high school hockey for four seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota. His final two years at Shattuck-St.Mary's, he scored 146 goals and 194 assists. In 2002 he went on to play for the University of North Dakota. In 2002–03 while playing for the North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey team, he was named to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's All Rookie Team and All Conference 3rd team. In 2004 he was nominated a second time for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award as the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s top player.

Parise was drafted 17th overall (1st round) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils.[3] His father, J. P., is a retired ice hockey player and his brother, Jordan, is currently a goaltender on EC KAC of the Austrian Hockey League.[4] In 2004, at the University of North Dakota, Parise was a first team All-American his sophomore year.

Parise was the MVP of the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship, won by the United States.[5]

After the 2004–05 NHL lockout resulted in the cancellation of the season, Parise made his delayed debut in the NHL for the 2005–06 season. In his rookie year, Parise played in all but one game, totaling 14 goals and 18 assists for 32 points. The following season, Parise opened the Devils' year by setting a franchise record for scoring the quickest season-opening goal, 26 seconds into their opener.[6] For the season, he nearly doubled his scoring output of the previous season, totaling 62 points. He posted a similarly dependable performance for the 2007-08 season, leading the team with 65 points. On November 30, 2007 of that season, in a game against the Montreal Canadiens, Parise got his first National Hockey League natural hat trick.[7]

On April 28, 2008, it was announced that Parise has been named an alternate captain of the 2008 U.S. Men's National Team in the 72nd annual IIHF World Championship.[8]

On October 3, 2009, Parise was named an alternate captain for the Devils.

Parise's breakout season came in his 4th 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.[2] He often plays with Travis Zajac and captain Jamie Langenbrunner on the "ZZ Pops" line (a play on the name of popular rock band ZZ Top), where the "Pops" part refers to Langenbrunner, the more senior player. Parise was very much responsible for the team's offensive turn, ranking as high as third in the NHL in goals and fifth in the NHL in points.[2] For a brief stretch in 2010, Parise played with Travis Zajac and Dainus Zubrus coining the nickname "ZZZ" or "Z cubed" line. He made his first All-Star appearance at the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal, Quebec, in which he scored a goal. He also set the Devils record for shots in a season in 2009. Parise, along with Pavel Datsyuk and Martin St. Louis, was nominated for the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy for the 2008-09 season. The trophy is presented each year to the National Hockey League "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability." .

Parise is sponsored by Easton.[9]

International career

Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for the  United States
Olympic Games
Silver 2010 Vancouver
World Junior Championships
Gold 2004 Finland

Parise burst onto the international scene with an outstanding performance at the 2004 WJC in which he led the United States to the gold medal. He tied for the tournament lead with five goals and six assists for eleven points. His fantastic tournament led to him being named the tournament's MVP and being named to the all-star team.

On January 1, 2010, Parise was named to the 2010 Men's Olympic Hockey Team, and was later named as the team's alternate captain. Parise scored both of Team USA's goals in 2-0 quarterfinal win over Switzerland. In the final against Canada, Parise scored a game-tying goal with 24 seconds left in the 3rd period to send the game into 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.[10]

Career statistics


Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
NHL totals 326 122 131 253 107 32 12 12 24 14

International play

Played for the United States in:

International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM
2008 WC 7 5 3 8 2
2010 Oly 6 4 4 8 0
Senior int'l totals 13 9 7 16 2



  1. ^ "NHL Players". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  2. ^ a b c Coffey, Phil (2009-03-02). "Parise ruins a perfectly good image for Devils". Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  3. ^ "New Jersey Devils - Team". New Jersey Devils. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  4. ^ Youngblood, Kent (2008-03-12). "Parise's proud of his blue-collar bloodline". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  5. ^ "North Dakota's Zach Parise to be Honored by USA Hockey". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. 2004-06-01. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  6. ^ "Elias Says ...". ESPN. Retrieved 2007-12-12. 
  7. ^ "Parise hat-trick leads Devils to victory". Reuters. 2007-12-01. Retrieved 2009-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Parise named alternate captain of Team USA". New Jersey Devils. Retrieved 2008-05-03. 
  9. ^ "". Easton Hockey. Retrieved 2008-11-26. 
  10. ^ a b "Miller gets MVP honours". 28 February 2010. 

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