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7 Facts: Zach Parise

Get to know veteran winger Zach Parise

by Sasha Kandrach @KandrachSasha / NewYorkIslanders.com

Zach Parise was introduced as the newest member of the New York Islanders on Sept. 10. Get to know the Islanders newest winger in the latest edition of 7 Facts.


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1. OVER 800 NHL POINTS

Throughout his 16-year NHL career, Parise has totaled 1,060 regular-season games and amassed 810 points (393G, 417A). Prior to joining the Islanders, Parise split his career between the New Jersey Devils (2005-12) and Minnesota Wild (2012-21). 

The versatile winger eclipsed the impressive 1,000-game milestone during the 2019-20 season with the Wild. He is a six-time 30-goal scorer.

In the postseason, Parise has registered 80 points (37G, 43A) through 105 playoff games between New Jersey and Minnesota. 


2. SHATTUCK-ST. MARY'S STANDOUT

Ahead of playing college hockey, Parise attended Shattuck-St. Mary's, a boarding school located in Faribault, Minn., where he went on to have a standout career. 

Over the course of two seasons, the left shot compiled a grand total of 340 points (146G, 194A) in 125 games, good for the second-most points in the school's history. In his first season, Parise overlapped with his older brother Jordan, who was one of the goaltenders for the team. 

While Parise is second all-time in points, he holds the single-season record for goals (77), assists (101) and points (178), which he set as a 17-year-old in 2001-02.


3. NORTH DAKOTA ALUM

Prior to his professional hockey career, Parise spent two seasons playing Division l hockey at the University of North Dakota from 2002-04. During both collegiate seasons, Parise was nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, which is annually given to the top college hockey player. 

Over the span of 76 games with North Dakota, Parise totaled 116 points (49G, 67A). 


4. LOU LAMORIELLO DRAFT PICK

Following his freshman season at North Dakota, Parise was eligible for the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. 

At the Draft, the New Jersey Devils, who were then led by current Islanders General Manager Lou Lamoriello, traded to obtain the 17th overall pick from the Edmonton Oilers in order to select Parise in the first round. Parise played eight seasons under Lamoriello, captaining the Devils in 2011-12, leading New Jersey to the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

Parise will be reunited with former New Jersey teammates Andy Greene, as well as former Wild teammate Cal Clutterbuck.


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5. HIS FATHER PLAYED FOR THE ISLANDERS

Parise's father JP spent 14 seasons in the NHL, including a four-year stint with the Islanders. Parise senior played 240 regular-season games on Long Island from 1974-78 where he totaled 171 points (73G, 98A). Parise also played 41 playoff games for the Islanders where he produced 34 points (16G, 18A). 

J.P. Parise's most famous Islanders moment was scoring the series-clinching goal against the New York Rangers in 1975 to give the franchise's its first-ever playoff series win. Parise scored the winner 11 seconds into overtime in Game 3.


6. LOTS OF INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

The 37-year-old has represented Team USA on numerous occasions and in a variety of tournaments over the span of his career. Parise has donned the Red White and Blue in U18s, two World Junior Hockey Championships (2003 and 2004), three IIHF World Championships (2005, 2007, 2008), two Winter Olympic Games (2010 and 2014) and one World Cup of Hockey (2016). 

Parise claimed gold at U18s in 2002 and at the 2004 WJCs in Finland. Parise was named the tournament MVP in 2004 after finishing the tournament in a three-way tie for the scoring lead with 11 points (5G, 6A) through six games. 

Parise and Team USA earned a silver medal at the 2010 Olympic Games that were held in Vancouver, British Columbia. Parise finished the Olympics third in scoring with eight points (4G, 4A) through six games. In 2014, at the Sochi Olympics, Parise was named captain of Team USA. 


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7. MOST GOALS OF ANY MINNESOTA-BORN NHLER 

Growing up in the Minneapolis suburbs, Parise is one of the most successful Minnesotans to ever emerge from Minnesota. Parise's 393 goals are the most by any Minnesota-born player, while his 810 points are third. Parise ranks in points among all active Minnesotans.

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