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Parise 'cleared to do everything' for Wild

Forward healthy after recovery from fractured sternum

by Jessi Pierce / Correspondent

EDINA, Minn. -- Zach Parise declared himself healthy and said he's "cleared to do everything" after the Minnesota Wild forward played in a game situation Wednesday for the first time since he fractured his sternum April 17.

Parise, 33, is taking part in Da Beauty League, a weekly 4-on-4 summer league featuring NHL players with ties to Minnesota. Though it was not an official NHL game, he was encouraged about getting back on the ice.

"I'm hoping that no one's hitting out there, but I feel good," Parise said. "It's good to get back out there. I feel fine."

Parise was injured during the third period of Game 3 of the Western Conference First Round against the Winnipeg Jets, a series the Wild lost in five games. 

He was limited to 42 games last season after he had microdisectomy surgery Oct. 24 and didn't make his debut until Jan. 2.

After scoring three goals in his first 24 games, Parise scored 12 in the final 18 games and finished the regular season with 24 points (15 goals, nine assists). His three goals in the Stanley Cup Playoffs led Minnesota.

Video: WPG@MIN, Gm3: Parise taps in Koivu's pass for PPG

Parise's sternum healed on its own. He said he was already feeling better one week after the season ended, only having to remind his 4-year-old twins, Jaxson and Emelia, to "not jump on daddy."

"They probably gave [the sternum] its first test," Parise said. "It's hard to avoid that."

Parise hopes to continue his normal offseason training, including more games in Da Beauty League, where he said he has no concerns for further injuries.

"You're here to play, get in shape, get sharp," Parise said. "No one's out there trying to hurt anybody."

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