ST. PAUL, Minn. - Zach Parise has returned to the Minnesota Wild, still saddened by the death of his father but eager for a respite on the ice.
Parise practiced with the team Friday and said he plans to play Saturday against the Nashville Predators. His dad, former NHL player J.P. Parise, died Wednesday after a long bout with lung cancer. Parise has missed the last two games to be with his family.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since the absence, Parise expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support from all corners of the sport. He said his wife was the one who urged him to rejoin the team Friday to "get back in the groove of things" and not "sit at home and sulk."