It’s astonishing that we’ve never Foxy Friday-ed Zach Parise before. He is the epitome of what your mother hopes you bring home someday – handsome, talented, and he can read. Seriously, he does charity work for the NJ library system. To dislike Zach Parise is to hate reading, and your mother would be very disappointed.
You already know that Zach is American, because he scored the gold medal game-tying goal at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Remember that game all your friends were watching, screaming at the TV and saying “hockey is so great!”? You resisted throwing Doritos and politely reminded them you’ve been saying this for twenty years.
Well, that’s how I remember it.
No doubt you heard a hundred thousand hockey fans collapse from exhaustion just after midnight when the Devils finally scored in double OT to beat the Florida Panthers and advance to the second round. I couldn’t watch the game, but you guys were stressing me out just via Twitter. I’m sorry I missed it!
Parise has played seven seasons for the Devils. He missed most of ’10-’11 with a knee injury then signed a one-year contract in July 2011 to avoid salary arbitration. In October he was named team captain, but has not signed a long-term deal and would become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The team has openly said that signing Zach is their top off-season priority, while right now everyone is focused on winning [New York Times]. It’s a tough situation when every win only makes Parise more attractive to other teams – teams with salary cap space and early-ended playoff dreams of their own, like Ottawa and Florida [BleacherReport.com].
“He’s the heartbeat of our team,” head coach Pete DeBoer said. “When your captain is your hardest-working player, he drags people with him, and that’s a great situation to be in as a coach.” [NJ.com]
Off the ice, Zach enjoys golf (we enjoy driving the cart) and cribbage (don’t know what that is, willing to learn) His favorite movie is The Count of Monte Cristo, and we assume he’s also read the book. Just watch this interview… but don’t show it to your mom. You will never hear the end of, “When is that nice Zach boy coming over for dinner?”
I’m sorry, but ‘Press Your Luck?!’ The Gravitron?! I haven’t been thrown up on in one of those since day camp. Come on, my mom will drive us to the fair!
The Devils open their series vs. the Flyers on Sunday at 3 PM. After what happened in round one, you can guess what I would like Zach & Co. to do to Philadelphia.