After growing up in Minneapolis, Zach Parise '02 had a unique connection with Shattuck-St. Mary's School that led to his four years at SSM. Zach's father, JP Parise, was the Director of Hockey as well as Zach's coach for the Bantam White team during Zach's 9th-grade year. Zach spent four years at SSM, playing for the Boys Prep team during his 10th-12th grade seasons. Zach and his older brother Jordy were a key part of the 2001 National Championship team, which marked the School's second national title.
After graduating in the spring of 2002, Zach spent two seasons at the University of North Dakota, where he was twice nominated for the Hobey Baker Award, given to the top college ice hockey player in the nation. Zach was the 17th overall selection in the 2003 NHL Draft, going to the New Jersey Devils. Zach quickly became one of the best overall scorers in the NHL and was named team captain in 2011. As a free agent in 2012, Zach returned home to Minnesota when he signed with the Minnesota Wild. Since Zach came to Minnesota, the Wild have made the playoffs every single season, advancing to the conference semifinals in 2014 and 2015.
On the National Team level, Zach has represented Team USA in the 2010 and 2014 Olympic Games. In addition, he captained the United States in the 2014 Games. The most memorable moment of his international career was his game-tying goal with 24 seconds remaining in the gold medal game against Canada to force overtime.
Zach Parise '02 Rundown
2000-01 SSM Stats: 69 goals, 93 assists, 162 points
Zach with his mom and dad on senior night in 2002.