Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise joined NHL Live to provide an update on his health and discuss his work with Defending the Blue Line.
Parise has missed time with a concussion but returned to practice Monday and traveled with the Wild for their game Tuesday against the New Jersey Devils. He has four goals and a team-leading 10 points in 11 games.
"I'm feeling better," Parise said. "I've never experienced something like this so it's all new to me. It's been up and down, you feel good, you feel bad, but I'm hoping with the skating … it seems like the more active I've been the better I've felt, so I'm hoping with continuing skating that things are going to keep progressing and keep getting better."
Defending the Blue Line helps children of military members receive the chance to play hockey by providing free equipment and free access to summer hockey camps.
"I got involved with it five years ago through my dad," Parise said. "My dad brought it up to be and gave me background of what the organization was about and what it was trying to do. I thought it was a fantastic idea. It's a great program that they've got going on there."
Parise also provided an update on his father, retired NHL forward J.P. Parise, who is fighting Stage 4 lung cancer.
"He had been in the hospital probably for the last month or so with different side effects and all that stuff that goes along with the chemo," Parise said. "I got a picture text from him [Tuesday] morning and he's heading home. That's fantastic news for him and especially for my mom. She doesn't have to go there and visit him all the time anymore. He can come home.
"It's tough for everyone to go through, but he's in good spirits right now."