Where Are They Now? J.P. Parise

Today we profile a member of the New York Islanders from the mid to late 1970’s, JP Parise. The name may sound very familiar to hockey fans as his son is Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild and formerly of the New Jersey Devils.

J.P. Parise played in the NHL from 1966-1979 with 5 different teams. He began his NHL career with the Boston Bruins while also spending time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Minneosta North Stars, and the Cleveland Barons in addition to the Islanders. For his NHL career, J.P. Parise played in 890 games scoring 236 goals and 251 assists for a total of 594 points. He also played in 86 postseason games scoring 27 goals and 31 assists for a total of 51 points. He was also part of Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series and was featured in a New York Times interview in September of 2012 which you can read more about here.

Parise arrived to the Islanders through a mid-season trade from the North Stars during the 1974-75 season. He then went on to be one of the key players to not only lead the Islanders to their first playoff berth that season but all the way to the Stanley Cup semifinals, where the Isles lost in a hard-fought seven game series to the eventual Cup champion Philadelphia Flyers. Parise scored 16 points in 17 playoff games that year.He played two and a half more seasons on Long Island, adding over 20 goals each of his full seasons and providing excellent defensive play.

After his playing career ended in 1979, Parise then moved into coaching in the North Stars organization where he served as assistant coach between 1980 and 1988.During the 1984 season he was the head coach for Minnesota's minor league affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Central Hockey League.Thereafter Parise retired to Minnesota where he coached and was hockey director at Shattuck-Saint Mary's, where his son Zach and many other players such as Sidney Crosby, Jack Johnson and Jonathan Toews played.

-John Santamaria

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