In the eyes of some, Zach Parise, the 2014 U.S. men's hockey team's captain, is the top American offensive player in hockey today. In terms of the Olympics, Parise was third in the 2010 Vancouver Games in scoring, posting eight points (four goals, four assists) in six games. None of Parise's points were more important than the goal he scored with 24 seconds remaining in the third period against Canada, which sent the Gold Medal Game into a sudden death overtime period that eventually ended in Canada's favor on a goal by Sidney Crosby. The main difference in Parise's career since 2010 is that he no longer plays for the NHL's New Jersey Devils, having since moved on to play in his home state for the Minnesota Wild.
- Signed a 13-year contract worth $98 million with the Minnesota Wild on July 4, 2012.
- Played in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final as a member of the New Jersey Devils, losing to the Los Angeles Kings.
- Won a silver medal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, when he was one of the U.S.'s alternate captains.
- Was an Olympic tournament All-Star selection after the 2010 Vancouver Games.
- Played for the U.S. in the IIHF World Championships in 2005, 2007 and 2008.
- Led the U.S. to its first-ever gold medals at the World Junior Championships in 2004. Also participated in the 2003 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. His father, J.P., represented Canadian hockey teams in international competitions, with Zach being born in Minnesota due to his father making the state his permanent home after playing the bulk of his 14-year NHL career with the NHL's Minnesota North Stars, who have since moved to become the Dallas Stars.
2. His brother, Jordan, is a goalie who plays professional hockey in Italy.
3. Attended high school at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minn., which is the same boarding school that Canadian standouts Sidney Crosby and Jonathan Toews once attended.