Zachary Justin Parise 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.
The National Hockey League is a professional ice hockey league currently comprising 30 teams – 23 in the United States and 7 in Canada – with a 31st team in Las Vegas scheduled to begin play in the 2017–18 season.
Ice Hockey is a contact team sport played on ice, usually in a rink, in which two teams of skaters use their sticks to shoot a vulcanized rubber puck into their opponent's net to score points.
In ice hockey, the captain is the player designated by a team as the only person authorized to speak with the game officials regarding rule interpretations when the captain is on the ice.
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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.
The 2012 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's 2011–12 season, and the culmination of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.
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Parise's father, Jean-Paul, was a professional ice hockey player who played for Team Canada at the 1972 Summit Series, and for the Minnesota North Stars for several years, and his brother Jordan Parise is a retired professional hockey goaltender.
The Summit Series, or Super Series, known at the time simply as the Canada–USSR Series, was an eight-game series of ice hockey between the Soviet Union and Canada, held in September 1972.
The Minnesota North Stars were a professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League for 26 seasons, from 1967 to 1993.
Jordan, officially The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, is an Arab kingdom in Western Asia, on the East Bank of the Jordan River.
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.
French Canadians are an ethnic group who trace their ancestry to French colonists who settled in Canada from the 17th century onward.
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.
The Hobey Baker Award is an annual award given to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men's ice hockey player.
College ice hockey is played principally in the United States and Canada, though leagues exist outside North America.
The University of North Dakota is a public research university in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
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.
2003 was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar, the 2003rd year of the Common Era and Anno Domini designations, the 3rd year of the 3rd millennium, the 3rd year of the 21st century, and the 4th year of the 2000s decade.
The 2003 NHL Entry Draft was held at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville, Tennessee on June 21, 2003.
Parise's best NHL season was in 2008–09, when he was the League's third-leading goal scorer behind Jeff Carter with 46 and NHL leader Alexander Ovechkin with 56, while ranking fifth among all NHL players in points with 94.
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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.
The 2010 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXI Olympic Winter Games and commonly known as Vancouver 2010, informally the 21st Winter Olympics, was an international winter multi-sport event that was held from 12 to 28 February 2010 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with some events held in the surrounding suburbs of Richmond, West Vancouver and the University Endowment Lands, and in the nearby resort town of Whistler.
The modern Olympic Games or Olympics are leading international sporting events featuring summer and winter sports competitions in which thousands of athletes from around the world participate in a variety of competitions.
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.