NHL Alumni Spotlight: JP Parise
NHL Alumni Spotlight
In partnership with the Minnesota NHL Alumni Association, presented by Comcast, will feature an Alumni member each week.
It’s a great way for us to catch up with a number of former players who made their mark in Minnesota, in one way or another. This week, we catch up with former North Star, JP Parise, who is now living in Faribault, Minnesota.
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Birthplace: Aeros Weekly Report - Nov. 21
NHL Teams you played for:
Boston Bruins (1965-1967)Toronto Maple Leafs (1967)Minnesota North Stars (1967-1975)New York Islanders (1974-1978, 1979)Cleveland Barons (1977-1978)
Where do you live now?
What are you doing now?
I work as the hockey recruiter for Shattuck St. Mary’s Prep School.
Son: Zach plays hockey for the New Jersey Devils of the NHL
JP’s son Zach is in his rookie season with the New Jersey Devils. cr. Bruce Bennett
What playoff teams did you play for?
The North Stars and Islanders both made the playoffs when I was there.
Did you ever win the Stanley Cup?
During the 13 years that I played in the NHL, only three teams - Montreal, Philadelphia and Boston - won the Cup. I was not on one of those teams.
What was your most memorable hockey moment?
Winning the 1972 series against the Russians. That series turned out to be the "Series of the Century" in Canada.
What was the best team you ever played on?
The 1972-1973 Minnesota North Stars
Who was your best teammate?
Jude Drouin. He was my linemate for a number of years. We went to the Islanders together and became very good friends.
Al Arbour. He always had a plan. His team was always very prepared for games. He had a great way of getting the best of his players. And, he always coached the team he had, not the team he wished he had.
Who is your favorite player in the game today?
Zach Parise is number one, for obvious reasons. And Peter Forsberg is number two, becaust there is nothing he cannot do.
Try to recall the funniest prank you ever saw, or were a part of:
When I was with the North Stars, I came to practice one morning and got dressed. I had my equipment on, and I put on my skates last.
I slipped on my one skate, and I realized that there was something jammed in the toe area. I unsuspectingly slipped my hand in the toe to remove the obstruction, and I felt something damp and furry.
Now, you must understand that I despise rodents. Sure enough, someone had stuffed this dead mouse in my skate. Needless to say, the skate went for a ride and I sat there with my heart beating. I never did discover who had done this, but I later found out that someone who had been with the Chicago organization was a major suspect.
** Editors Note: Wild radio color analyst Tom Reid was a North Stars teammate of Parise’s from 1969 through 1975. Reid was also a former member of the Chicago Blackhawks from 1967 through 1969, just as an FYI.