The Minnesota Wild honored the late J.P. Parise with a video tribute prior to puck drop against the Chicago Blackhawks tonight.
Parise, the father of Wild forward Zach, passed away on Thursday after a lengthy battle with lung cancer.
The Wild are also wearing a No. 11 decal on their helmets.
Parise spent parts of nine seasons with the Minnesota North Stars scoring 154 goals and 396 points in 588 games.
Trying to say less than John Tortorella after a loss takes a lot of work. For Devils captain Zach Parise, that’s the exact kind of work he put in today.
After the Devils dropped Game 3 to New York 3-0, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice reports Parise declined to talk with the press following the game. When Devils coach Peter DeBoer was asked about Parise’s silence, he said he didn’t know anything about it but if Parise wasn’t talking “he’s got good reason to.” Is Parise frustrated dealing with the Rangers on the ice? DeBoer said he didn’t think that was the case.
Parise already wasn’t answering questions regarding his father, J.P. Parise, said Zach would “fit right in” playing for the Rangers next season. While the elder Parise later clarified his comments, it’s clear that it’s a subject that the captain would rather not be asked about.
Wrong time for a big distraction or just a one-game cooling off period to let things blow over after a loss? We’ll see soon enough.