Minnesota Hockey Journal

February 2019

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e's not the fast- est. He's not the biggest. He's certainly not the most skilled. Yet, in the 100-plus year history of the National Hockey League, no Minnesota-born player has scored more goals than Zach Parise. Earlier this season for the Minnesota Wild, Parise over- took Hall of Famer and South St. Paul native Phil Housley. Then, on Nov. 17, 2018, Parise scored his 341st NHL goal against the Buffalo Sabres, leapfrogging M H J O N L I N E . C O M | F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 9 28 by Michael Russo Russo's Rants P R E S E N T E D B Y "You can't just do hockey, hockey, hockey year-round. You get burnt out." -Zach Parise Photos / Jeff Cable, Minnesota Wild/Bruce Kluckhohn, USA Hockey Magazine Archives, Pittsburgh Penguins, Michael Russo I sat down with Parise to learn more about what has shaped his hockey career. Russo: I'm sure every goal scorer wants to be the guy that streaks down the wing and scores the dipsy-doodle goal. Your style, scoring most of your goals within a few feet of the blue paint, when did you discover your niche and realize that's what you're best at? Parise: When I started in New Jersey, I was a center. The way I played in college at the University of North Dakota, it might be Relentless Warroad's Dave Christian, for No. 1 all-time. And he's not done yet. Far from it. So how does somebody who might not be the fastest, biggest or most skilled stand ahead of such stars like Housley, Christian, his hockey hero, Neal Broten from Roseau, and Moorhead's Matt Cullen in a lot fewer games (906) played? Hard work. Plain and simple, nobody works harder than Parise. And that should be a valuable lesson for all kids out there who one day aspire to make the NHL. Hard work is at the core of Zach Parise, the highest-scoring Minnesotan in NHL history H

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