Release from Minnesota Wild:
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. –Minnesota Wild General Manager Chuck Fletcher today announced the National Hockey League (
“This is a great day in the history of the Minnesota Wild,” said Fletcher. “We are extremely excited to add the collective skill, experience and character of Zach Parise and Ryan Suter to an already promising roster. We view this as a rare opportunity for us to transform our franchise by adding two marquee players, who are both in the prime of their careers, at the same time. I am grateful to Zach and Ryan and I am also thankful for the substantial commitment and support of Craig Leipold throughout this process. This is a huge step forward in our quest to bring a Stanley Cup to the deserving fans of the State of Hockey.”
Parise, 27 (7/28/84), captained the New Jersey Devils to the Stanley Cup Final collecting 69 points (31-38=69) and 32 penalty minutes (PIM) in 82 games. He was named the ninth captain in New Jersey history on
Suter, 27 (1/21/85), recorded career-highs with 46 points (7-39=46) and 25 power play points (3-22=25) in 79 games with Nashville this season. He posted a plus-15 rating and 30 penalty minutes (PIM) and finished eighth in Norris Trophy voting. Suter set a career-high and ranked third in the
Parise was named to the 2010 Olympic All-Star Team and ranked tied for third in tournament scoring with eight points (4-4=8) in six games serving as an alternate captain as Team USA earned a silver medal. He has also served as an alternate captain on the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. National Junior Team, as well as the 2008 U.S. Men’s National Team. Parise was named the tournament MVP in 2004 ranking tied for first in scoring with 11 points (5-6=11) in six games. He also competed at two other IIHF World Men’s Championships (2005, 2007), the 2003 IIHF World Junior Championship and was a member of gold medal-winning 2002 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team at the IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship.
He spent two seasons at the University of North Dakota (2002-04) tallying 116 points (49-67=116) and 58 PIM in 76 matches and was named to the 2003 WCHA All-Rookie Team, the 2004 NCAA West First All-American Team and the 2004 WCHA First All-Star Team. Parise played two seasons at Shattuck-St. Mary’s (2000-02) collecting 340 points (146-194=340) in 125 games. He was selected by New Jersey with the 17th overall selection in the 2003
Zach’s father, J.P Parise, played 14 seasons in the
Suter has competed in 10 international competitions for Team USA. He earned a silver medal at the 2010 Olympics serving as an alternate captain for the United States. Suter served as the captain of the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team at the IIHF World Junior Championship. He has been a member of Team USA at four IIHF World Men’s Championships (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009), three IIHF World Junior Championships (2003, 2004, 2005) and two IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championships (2002, 2003), winning gold with the 2004 U.S. National Junior Team and the 2002 U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team.
Suter played one season at the University of Wisconsin (2003-04), where he was teammates with current Wild defenseman Tom Gilbert, and tallied 19 points (3-16=19) and 93 PIM and was named to the 2004 WCHA All-Rookie Team. He was selected by Nashville with the seventh overall pick in the 2003
Ryan’s father, Bob Suter, was a member of the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” U.S. Olympic Team, and his uncle, Gary Suter, played 17 seasons in the