Winter Games Athletes
Parise has been a constant in international competition for Team USA since he was a teenager, including a memorable moment in 2010. He has been named captain for this squad after being an alternate captain on the silver-medal team in Vancouver. Parise’s goal with 24 seconds remaining in regulation against Canada four years ago sent the thrilling contest into overtime before the American's lost 3-2 on Sidney Crosby's goal. Parise finished the tournament with four goals and four assists in six contests, giving him 16 goals and 12 assists for Team USA dating back to his time with the U-18 squad in 2002. He also played in two world junior championships and three worlds tournaments before being named an All-Star selection in Vancouver. Parise is a five-time 30-goal scorer in eight-plus NHL seasons with New Jersey and Minnesota, where he's played the last two campaigns with a fellow U.S. teammate, star defenseman Ryan Suter. The duo signed identical 13-year, $98-million contracts with the Wild prior to the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign. Parise, a Minnesota native, is likely to play on Team USA's top line assuming he's fully recovered from a fracture foot that had him on injured reserve toward the end of December and into January. He returned Jan. 23 after missing more than a month and has 19 goals and 17 assists in 44 games.