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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:02 PM

10. Zach Parise

Born: July 28, 1984, Faribault, Minn.
2002-03: University of North Dakota
Pos: C | Ht: 5-11 | Wt: 186 | Shoots: L
Central Scouting: No. 9 North American skater

The Parise name conjures up memories of a hard-nosed forward. Zach's dad, J.P. Parise, lasted 13 NHL seasons mainly because of his competitiveness.

Zach is more talented than the old man. He's creative with the puck and has a soft touch around the net. He enters the draft as the top offensive threat coming out of college. He put up a lot of points as a freshman, averaging almost 1.5 per game.

A superb playmaker who had 101 assists in his final high school season, the most obvious trait inherited from his father is determination.

Said one college scout: "He is a star. He can do it all. He can skate. He is strong, and I do not know what his knock is. He can do just about anything. He is a fantastic player. To me, he is magical. I think he is one of the best college players to come down the pipeline in years."

The knock is his size. Parise does not have a thick body yet, and time will tell whether he gets bigger and faster.

"I don't see size as an issue," said a scout. "His dad wasn't big. Zach's a competitor like his dad."

YEAR    TEAM         LEA.    GP    G    A   Pts.  PIM
'00-01  Shattuck     USHS    68   82   77   159    67
'01-02  Shattuck     USHS    63   73  101   174    64
'02-03  North Dakota WCHA    39   26   35    61    34
       USA          WJC      7    4    4     8     4


13   C  Zach Parise  North Dakota (WCHA)  5' 11"  186 7/28/84  
The Kings would feel like it was Christmas in June if Parise falls to them. Los Angeles could package its three picks to move up, but if the Kings think Parise may still be available when they make the first of their three first-round selections, they would be willing to stay put and take their chances. Parise's offensive game is already NHL-ready, but another year at North Dakota is probably needed to make him a more complete player and to bulk him up closer to 200 pounds.  

The Hockey News says: Skilled forward

HF's Interview with Zach Parise

Posted by Oliver Janz on 03/09/2003

Hockey’s Future: There’s a big hype about you after scoring so many points and playing as impressive as you did. What do you think about it and how do you handle it?

Zach Parise: I don't reflect on the point production too much unless I am in a big slump and I don’t find the media or any of the hype to phase me in any way. I felt a little pressure at the beginning of the season, but everything fell into place.

HF: According to yourself, the main reason why you chose the University of North Dakota was the Head Coach of the Fighting Sioux, Dean Blais. What’s so special with him and what can you say about your relationship to him after the first months?

ZP: Coach Blais is an incredible motivator. He makes you want to play your best and he makes you excited to come to the rink and go to practice. Our relationship has been great. We can always joke around with him and he is a players' coach.

HF: Was it a big change from the Midget AAA level to the NCAA level?

ZP: The guys are obviously a lot bigger and it is more physical. The pace is faster, but it doesn’t take long to adjust.

HF: And how was the change from the Prep School of Shattuck-St. Mary’s to the University of North Dakota?

ZP: It was different. I am used to the small school atmosphere and this is obviously a big change for me.

HF: Did you know a player / a student at UND before?

ZP: Jesse Bull played when they won the NCAA's in '97

HF: Your team is currently one of the best teams in the NCAA. Which goal is more important for you: Winning the Rookie of the Year Award or reaching the Frozen Four Tournament?

ZP: Obviously reaching the frozen four is the team goal. The team success is the most important and with team success there is individual success.

HF: Four years at the University of North Dakota are “normal”, but Ryan Miller also said hello to the pro business after three years. Is college also a year-by-year decision for you?

ZP: I think, when the time comes if I have the opportunity to leave it is a year by year decision, depending on what the team that drafts me needs in their line-up.

HF: Regarding your high number of points you scored so far: You scored many points against average teams and you aren’t the best scorer of your team in conference games. Can one say you know how to score against those average teams due to your time at Shattuck St. Mary’s and are now learning to score against top teams?

ZP: I think the below average teams still aren’t easy to score against. Nothing is easy at this level. The conference games are tougher and it took me a game to adjust. But after you catch on and realize what you can and cannot do, it is a matter of going to the basics and doing what I have always done to score.

HF: You still have three college seasons to go after this season – how far is Paul Kariya’s record from 1993 (100 points) away?

ZP: That is a pretty impressive number. Hopefully, my numbers will increase each season and I have good enough line mates to make anything happen.

HF: After ranked by the CSB on position one among the College players, you shouldn’t have many weaknesses. But, are there some things you have to work on or you ever had problems with?

ZP: I have done a lot of work on my skating. I went to a skating school in Minneapolis this summer to tweak a couple of things because you can never be a good enough skater.

HF: Your favourite player (Joe Sakic) is playing for Colorado, your favourite team is Detroit. However, you seem to be one of the first picks in the upcoming draft. What would you think if the announcer says: “… the Nashville Predators chose Zach Parise” ?

ZP: I will be thrilled with whatever happens at the Draft. You can’t choose who you want to play for and it is going to be very exciting. It doesn’t bother me which team selects me.

HF: Your father JP played 13 seasons in the NHL for Minnesota and the NY Islanders. He’s also working for Shattuck-St. Mary’s. Is it helpful to have a dad with this experience and background or was it sometimes harder for you?

ZP: It was always a benefit to have him supporting my brother (Jordan) and me. He brings a huge amount of knowledge to me and helps me with whatever I need to work on. He helps every aspect of my game.

HF: Did you ever play against your father in the past. If so, who won and did you checked him?

ZP: We played a little 1 on 1 here and there and some 3 post. I'd say it was pretty even for the most part. He usually was the one hitting me.

HF: You tried some other sports before you decide to play hockey regular. Such as tennis or baseball as well as golf. Why did you chose hockey, was it due to your “hockey based” family?

ZP: I think it was in my blood. We were born with it in our genes and we excelled in it. Both my brother and I loved to play it all the time.

HF: While playing for Shattuck-St. Mary’s, your opponents always looked on two players. You – and the other one was Tyler Hirsch. Are you still in contact with him ?

ZP: Yeah, Tyler and I have been best friends for years. It was neat playing against him for the Gophers. He is a riot.

HF: You are a two time MVP of the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament, you scored a lot of points at Shattuck-St.Mary’s, you are leading the WCHA in scoring. With those achievements: do you feel as a star player, as a high talented prospect or what’s the best description for you at the moment?

ZP: I wouldn't call myself a star player. I just enjoy playing the game and I work hard every time I step on the ice.

HF: You asked a friend to record a message over your school answering machine to deceive callers into thinking they have the wrong number. Do you have still time to relax a bit besides all that hockey and hype?

ZP: Yeah, we have time to just relax. The media and hype has died down since the rush at the beginning of the year. I think it was because I was a fresh face in the WCHA. I don’t even think of all the media.

HF: Music star Robbie Williams said some years ago, he only made the music stuff to be loved by more girls. So, how many girls of the UND Campus are in love with Zach Parise?

ZP: I don’t know of any right now. I don’t think they'd tell me if they did anyway.

HF: Which guy should have been the topscorer of the Under-20 Tournament: Alexander Ovechkin or Zach Parise?

ZP: If it were my choice, I think you know the answer

HF: And after answering about a million of questions from reporters during the last week: Which question did you like most?

ZP: Some lady asked me why I didn’t score on a particular goalie. I said you can’t score all the time but I couldn’t believe she asked it!

HF: Thanks for answering these questions and all the best for your future.

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:03 PM

Amazing he fell as far as he did.

Lou and David = geniusi!!!
(As usual)

In addition to the stats and the Hale connection, he really carries himself as a solid citizen.
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:07 PM

I like that sound of this...

Parise's offensive game is already NHL-ready, but another year at North Dakota is probably needed to make him a more complete player and to bulk him up closer to 200 pounds.

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:47 PM

Announcers were repeatedly making the point that folks were crazy to not have picked him prior to the Devs getting him...Conte and Lou both looked like they succeeded in raiding the proverbial cookie jar :uni:
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:49 PM

Oops... did not see this thread...

I have posted a couple of links on the draft page on him... want me to post them again here?
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:51 PM

might as well
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:54 PM

OK... some info


Following in his father's footsteps
By Alan Adams | Special to NHL.com
January 1, 2003


HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- The name "Parise" conjures up a historic image for diehard hockey fans in Canada.
They think of Game 8 of the 1972 Summit Series between Canada and the Soviet Union and forward J.P. Parise is steaming over the officiating. Referee Josef Kompella is skating toward the penalty box to give the Canuck a penalty and an enraged Parise has his stick cocked in such a way that everyone thinks he is going to cut off the official's head like a knife slides through warm butter.

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Cooler heads prevailed that day and now three decades another Parise - J.P.'s son Zach -- is making a name for himself, albeit for different reasons, at the World Junior Championship.

Zach Parise is the leading scorer on the United States junior team, with three goals and five points in four games, and he's shown scouts and fans why he is one of the top prospects in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.

He's not a chip off the old block.

J.P. Parise lasted 13 NHL seasons mainly with the Minnesota North Stars and the New York Islanders because of his brawn. His son is almost the exact opposite. He's creative with the puck and he has a soft touch around the net.

When Parise joined the U.S. juniors, he was the leading scorer in the U.S. college ranks, playing for the University of North Dakota. The freshman lost that perch, but remains No.1 in the nation for his points per game average.

The Americans need his scoring touch now more than ever as the medal round of the World Junior Championship opens Thursday on two fronts. The United States plays the Czech Republic before Slovakia faces Finland.

Parise has definitey raised a few eyebrows with his skill and determination on the ice.

"He is not the biggest guy on the ice, but he knows where to be and how to play the game," says linemate Dustin Brown.

Team USA coach Lou Vairo says the younger Parise reminds him of Neal Broten, who is one of the most prolific American scorers in NHL history.

"He's just younger," joked Vairo.

Zach Parise's first memory of hockey was going to the rink with his dad for the 1991 Stanley Cup Final between the Minnesota North Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins. His father used to take Zack to practice and when the session was over, he'd lace up his son's skates and they'd spend an hour on the ice by themselves.

"He introduced me to hockey but this is something I really want to do," Zach says about becoming an elite player.

Parise honed his skills at one of the top prep schools in the United States, Shattuck-St. Mary's in St. Mary's Minnesota, and he had 174 points in his senior year, including 101 assists The Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League tried to get him to take the major junior route to the NHL, but Parise opted to go to college "so I would have an education if things didn't work out."

Zach showed he was a clutch player last April at the 2002 Under-18 world championship tournament in Slovakia. The United States played Russia in the last game of the round-robin event and had to beat the Russians by two goals to win the championship.

The score was 2-1 with a minute remaining and the Americans already had the silver medal wrapped up. Another goal meant gold and if the Russians tied it, the Americans would have settled for bronze. Coach Mark Saur huddled the players at his bench, presented the scenarios and gave them the choice whether to pull the goalie to go for gold.

With the netminder on the bench for an extra attacker, Parise scored for a 3-1 win and the gold medal, which marked the first time since 1933 that the Americans won gold in a world A Pool tournament other than their 1960 and 1980 Olympic titles.

"That was a risk we wanted to take and we didn't go there to win a silver medal," says Zach Parise. "I was thrilled when he said my name to go out there and I don't really know where the shot went but it found the back of the net."

Parise knows that hockey is in his genes and he says with pride that his father still plays a big role in his development.

"When I'm having a tough time at college, I give him a call. I know he'll talk me through it. When I hit roadblocks, he's always there to help."

If the Americans get past the Czechs, their semifinal opponent would be Canada, and playing the host nation in a big game on their home soil is second on the list of priorities behind winning the gold medal.

"It would be awesome to play in this rink, have it packed to the rafters with screaming fans," said Zach.

As for his father's place in Canadian hockey history, Zach has seen the near stick swinging incident on videotape.

"He had to do what he had to do at the time and whether it was right or wrong, he did it," says Zach. "But that's the big tie to the Parise name up here."

Kompella is being inducted in the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame in April, and J.P. Parise has been invited by the IIHF to attend the ceremony.

Zach, meanwhile, knows his family name will always be tied to his father's actions, at least in Canada.

But he says he's his own man and responsible for his actions.

"I haven't exactly been sucking up to the (referees at the world junior) but I guess I should,'' Zach said.
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 02:55 PM


Super-Frosh Zach Parise Leads Sioux To Top Of WCHA
Parise paves the way for North Dakota's lead in the title chase.

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Zach Parise is only a freshman, but he has taken the WCHA, and the nation's college hockey scene, by storm this season, while helping North Dakota vault back from a rare noncontending season into the thick of the title chase.

In fact, while going into an idle weekend (Jan. 24-25), the Fighting Sioux (10-1-5) are tied for first place in the WCHA with Colorado College (11-2-3). And Zach Parise shares the national collegiate scoring lead with Colorado College star Peter Sejna at 47 points. Sejna (25-22-47) is matched by Parise's 18-29-47, although Parise took three weeks off to star for the U.S. Junior National team over the holidays. Parise's 29 assists are one reason why Brandon Bochenski, his sophomore linemate, has 28-18-46, third in the nation in points, and first with 28 goals.

"I'm having a great time, and the season is going great," said Parise, an unassuming young man who just scored four points or more for the fourth time this season with a hat trick plus one assist in the 11-2 Sioux romp at Alaska Anchorage last Friday. He added an assist in Saturday's 3-0 sweeper, to extend his point-scoring streak to 12 games.

As if leading the nation in scoring wasn't enough, the versatility of Parise's play is underscored by breaking down his goals and points. In all games, he is fourth in the WCHA in goals with 18; he is second in assists with 29; he is fifth in power-play points with 6 goals, 11 assists and 17 points; and he is first in shorthanded points with 3-2-5.

Beyond the points, however, Parise is a complete player already, covering his man and finishing his checks on defense, even though those acts are overshadowed by his offensive skills, where he is always moving, always in the right place, and a compelling figure to command the attention of teammates, foes and fans every shift.

While his scoring touch seems heaven-sent, Parise can trace his work-ethic to his father. Jean-Paul Parise played most of his National Hockey League career with the Minnesota North Stars, where he became a fan favorite because of his constant hustle and irrepressible work-ethic. Tough in the corners, constant in his conscientious backchecking and always alert for any opportunity, J.P. Parise scored a lot of goals - and a lot of big goals, after which he was at his best in the dressing room after games.

"What about that goal, J.P.?" one of the gathering of reporters would ask. "Well," Parise would start, a serious look on his face, "I saw a small opening on the short side, so I dipped my shoulder and looked to the far side and then I shot for the opening."

As reporters would feverishly write down J.P.'s carefully detailed description of his key goal, he would let a sly smile spread across his face, then he'd laugh heartily. "Are you kidding?" he'd say. "I just put my head down and shot and it went in."

That routine would reoccur every time Parise scored, because scoring goals was always a bonus with J.P. Parise. A couple of decades later, when Parise had chosen as his retirement occupation the opportunity to lead the entire hockey operation at Shattuck-St. Mary's prep school in Faribault, Minn., he has guided a program that is unique among Minnesota high schools. Shattuck doesn't play in the vaunted Minnesota state high school structure, but instead plays nationally and internationally in an elite schedule, at the top youth age groups as well as high school.

The program has developed many outstanding prospects, but the one who has made the greatest impact at the next level is Zach Parise, J.P.'s oldest son. And while J.P. observed and nurtured Zach's developing talent from the start, there is no question that Zach will never adopt the familiar routine J.P. used to pull on the media when he scored. When Zach lets fly with a shot, he seems to know where the openings are and he hits them with great precision. In fact, meaning no disrespect to his dad, Zach Parise is being compared to current NHL standouts.

"People say Zach plays a lot like Paul Kariya," says Dean Blais, North Dakota coach. "But I think he's more like Peter Forsberg. Kariya and Forsberg are both great offensively, but Zach is more like Forsberg - first on the forecheck and he finishes every check."

Before going to Alaska, Zach Parise and the Fighting Sioux faced a huge test at Minnesota. With both teams ranked among the top five in the nation, North Dakota beat the Gophers 4-2, with Parise getting the game's first goal and assisting on two others. The next night, the Gophers shut down the Sioux 6-3, although the score doesn't indicate that two late Minnesota goals were empty-netters when Blais gambled to try to maintain North Dakota's unbeaten streak, which ended at 16 games.

It was a huge weekend for Parise, who was returning close to his Bloomington home for the first time as a collegian, and the Gopher fans were primed and ready. Parise had passed up Minnesota when he chose North Dakota and the fans were ready to let Parise have it in the first game, but Parise got the last laugh.

"It was awesome, I can't even describe it," Parise said afterward. "I had about 30 friends and family here. It was very emotional. The fans cheered when I got a penalty and booed when I got a goal. But I expected it. I thought it would be like Keith Tkachuk going back home to Phoenix."

Those NHL comparisons just keep on coming. Kariya? Forsberg? Tkachuk? All are worthy parallels, but for the present - and the future - Zach Parise being just Zach Parise will be all the Fighting Sioux want and need.
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 03:14 PM

Devils move up, take C Parise with 17th pick

June 21, 2003
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (TICKER) -- Less than two weeks after winning another Stanley Cup, the New Jersey Devils traded up Saturday and snatched center Zach Parise with the 17th pick in the NHL draft.

New Jersey already had the 22nd pick after exercising their option to swap selections with the St. Louis Blues. But general manager Lou Lamoriello sent that pick to the Edmonton Oilers along with a second-round selection for the right to take Parise.

The son of former NHLer J.P. Parise, Zach Parise was ranked ninth among North American skaters by the league's Central Scouting Bureau.


The only freshman nominated for the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player, he recorded three hat tricks, including one in his NCAA debut at North Dakota. Parise finished the season with 25 goals and 32 assists in 34 games. He also led the U.S. team in scoring at the World Junior Championships with four goals and four assists in seven contests.

At 5-11 and 186 pounds, Parise lacks size. But so did his father, who made up for it with a tireless work ethic. And some scouts believe the younger Parise is one of the best prospects to come out of college in years.

Updated on Saturday, Jun 21, 2003 4:06 pm EDT
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 03:53 PM

GREAT review on Parise (sportsline):

Zach Parise North Dakota (WCHA) 5-11 186 07/28/1984 34 25 32 57 32
Scored 26 goals with 35 assists in 39 games for North Dakota this past season ... a strong skater with good acceleration and agility ... a wide-based skater who is very well-balanced and hard to knock off the puck ... possesses a very quick wrist shot with an effective release while in full flight ... a talented passer and creative playmaker ... has excellent puck handling skills and works well in heavy traffic ... plays with confidence and excels in pressure situations ... a face-off specialist ... a tenacious two-way player who is very aware of his defensive responsibilities ... a very well conditioned athlete who plays at a high level of intensity and grit ... a relentless forechecker who plays fearlessly in the corners and in front of the net ... will sacrifice himself to block shots and to make the play ... an unselfish team player who displays strong leadership qualities ... plays with determination and has the ability to change the momentum of the game.  

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 03:55 PM

The reviews on this guy are almost to good to be true :D
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 03:56 PM

The reviews on this guy are almost to good to be true :D

Exactly, the next 3 years will seem like ....well, 3 years. :huh:
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 03:58 PM

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:01 PM

In Lou we definitely trust!!!

God what a GM.
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:07 PM

In Lou we definitely trust!!!

God what a GM.

Don't forget conte!!
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:07 PM

Hradek's Review of Parise:

17. New Jersey Devils: Zach Parise, C. And the Devils win again! GM Lou Lamoriello traded up to take Parise, who might just be a better version of Scott Gomez. Parise, the son of former NHLer J.P. Parise, impressed scouts at the World Junior Championships in Halifax. During his freshman season at North Dakota, Parise piled up 25 goals and 57 points in 34 games, impressive numbers for a first-year college player. At 5-11, 186, he's not a monster, but you don't have to be in New Jersey (see also: Brian Gionta).

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:28 PM

He's open-minded...

ZP: I will be thrilled with whatever happens at the Draft. You can’t choose who you want to play for and it is going to be very exciting. It doesn’t bother me which team selects me.

...then again, if you were selected by the team that won the Cup just two weeks ago, would you mind?

first on the forecheck and he finishes every check."

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:35 PM

If you haven't seen what he looks like yet, here you go...
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 04:49 PM


Central Scouting page for him.
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Posted 21 June 2003 - 05:09 PM

I'm surprised no one has mentioned the Sopranos connection. Remember Philly and Patsy Parise? (Actually it's Parisi. I'm an idiot.)
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