On Friday, USA Hockey announced that Parise would captain the American team set to participate in the Winter Olympics in two weeks time. The American team will also have two alternates: Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown and Parise’s Minnesota teammate, Ryan Suter.
“I was pretty thrilled to get the call,” Parise said, per USA Hockey. “I’m lucky enough to join an elite list of players to be captain of the U.S.”
For Parise, the ‘C’ is a sweater letter upgrade from the 2010 games in Vancouver, where he served as an alternate to American captain Jamie Langenbrunner.
According to U.S. GM David Poile, Parise was selected from a “leadership group” that included ’10 Olympians David Backes, Ryan Callahan, Brown, Suter and Parise.
Parise currently serves as an alternate in Minnesota and, prior to signing with the Wild, captained the Devils during the 2011-12 campaign.
Julien says Lundqvist’s acting ‘doesn’t need to be on the ice’
The goalie interference penalty called on Brad Marchand late in Friday’s Thanksgiving Showdown didn’t sit well with the Bruins.
Marchand, whistled after making contact with New York’s Henrik Lundqvist midway through the third, said he thought “it was a bit of a weak call,” adding “[Lundvqist’s] out of the crease, and he lightly gets touched.”
While Marchand took issue with the call, his head coach took issue with King Henrik.
Julien on Hank: "I know he does some acting on the side, but it doesn't need to be on the ice." #Bruins
Somebody tell the Boston Bruins there’s a goal-scoring crisis in the NHL.
This afternoon, for the 14th time this season, a Bruins game featured at least six goals. The final score was 4-3, as Boston came back to beat the Rangers in a wildly entertaining Thanksgiving Showdown on NBC.
David Krejci scored the winner with 1:43 remaining. Krejci’s goal came just 2:03 after teammate Ryan Spooner had tied it on the power play.
The win was the Bruins’ fifth straight. Though the defensive mistakes remain…
…Claude Julien’s troops have been finding ways to overcome them.