J. P. Parisé

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J. P. Parisé
J.P. Parise Minnesota North Stars 1976 team photo.jpg
Parisé in 1976
Born (1941-12-11)December 11, 1941
Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, Canada
Died January 7, 2015(2015-01-07) (aged 73)
Prior Lake, Minnesota, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for NHL
Boston Bruins
Toronto Maple Leafs
Minnesota North Stars
New York Islanders
Cleveland Barons
Rochester Americans
National team  Canada
Playing career 1963–1979

Jean-Paul Joseph-Louis Parisé (December 11, 1941 – January 7, 2015) was a Canadian professional ice hockey coach and player. Parise played in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Minnesota North Stars and the New York Islanders.

Playing career[edit]

Juniors and minor leagues[edit]

Parisé was signed by the Boston Bruins at 21, after a scout saw Parisé score four goals and two assists in a playoff-clinching game,[1] and was assigned in to the Bruins' junior league club, the Niagara Falls Flyers of the Ontario Hockey Association. On the Flyers, he played for former NHL player and future Bruins general manager Hap Emms. While he was not a promising scorer in juniors, he learned to play a diligent two-way game and became noted as a skilled penalty killer. He turned professional the following season and, in the days of the Original Six when big league jobs were few, spent most of the next five seasons in the Bruins' farm system. He started to find his scoring touch in 1964 with the Minneapolis Bruins of the Central Professional Hockey League, scoring 63 points in 72 games, and was named a Second Team league All-Star with the Bruins' Oklahoma City Blazers affiliate in 1966.

Boston Bruins[edit]

He made his NHL debut the same season with the Boston Bruins, playing limited action in three games, followed by eighteen games the next season.

Minnesota North Stars[edit]

The following season saw expansion, and Parisé was drafted by the California Seals on June 6, 1967. On October 12, he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Bryan Hextall Jr. for Gerry Ehman and assigned to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He played 30 games for the Americans (and one for the Leafs), before being dealt again on December 23, this time to the Minnesota North Stars[2] along with Milan Marcetta for Murray Hall, Ted Taylor, Len Lunde, Don Johns, Duke Harris, and the loan of Carl Wetzel.

Playing on a line with center Jude Drouin and high scoring right winger Bill Goldsworthy, Parisé finally became a star, playing six seasons and parts of two others in Minnesota. He was named twice to play in the NHL All-Star Game, and had his best professional season in 1972–73, when he scored 27 goals and 75 points.

Team Canada[edit]

The degree to which Parisé was held in respect in the hockey world resulted in being named to play for Team Canada in the Summit Series in 1972.[3] He was a surprise pick to the team and didn't expect to see much ice time, but ended up playing in six of the eight games.[4] He played on a line with superstar Phil Esposito and had two goals and two assists.

Parisé was best known in the series for nearly attacking unpopular referee Josef Kompalla with his stick in the eighth game after Kompalla had handed out a series of questionable penalties against the Canadians. Parisé held back at the last minute from striking Kompalla and was ejected from the game in consequence. As a silver lining, the officiating of the game improved considerably after Parisé's threat which allowed his teammates a chance to get back in the game.[5]

New York Islanders[edit]

At age 34, the North Stars felt that Parisé was aging, and dealt him to the New York Islanders midway through the 1975 season for Doug Rombough and Ernie Hicke. 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. Parisé scored 16 points in 17 playoff games that year, second to former North Stars teammate Drouin, who had been acquired in a separate deal with Minnesota that season. Parisé played two and a half more seasons on Long Island, adding over 20 goals each of his full seasons and providing excellent defensive play.

Cleveland and Minnesota[edit]

Halfway through the 1978 season, Parisé was traded to the Cleveland Barons along with Jean Potvin for Wayne Merrick, Darcy Regier, and Cleveland's fourth-round choice in the upcoming 1978 draft. After the demise of the Barons and their June 5 merger draft with the Minnesota franchise, Parisé became a North Star again and he would serve as the team's captain while playing his final season before retirement.

In total, Parisé played 890 games in the NHL (leading the league in games played in three seasons), scoring 238 goals and 356 assists for 594 points, adding 706 penalty minutes. He also had 27 goals and 31 assists in 86 playoff games.[6]

Post-playing career[edit]

After his retirement, he served as a coach in the North Stars' organization, as assistant coach between 1980 and 1988, except for the 1984 season, when he was the head coach for Minnesota's minor league affiliate, the Salt Lake Golden Eagles of the Central Hockey League; he recorded a 35–35–2 mark as coach. Thereafter Parisé retired to Minnesota where he coached and was hockey director at Shattuck-Saint Mary's, where his son Zach Parise and many other players such as Sidney Crosby, Jack Johnson and Jonathan Toews played.

On April 23, 2008, Parisé was named the head coach and general manager of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the United States Hockey League. He served one season as the team's coach.


His youngest son Zach Parise, is a current NHL player with the Minnesota Wild. His eldest son Jordan Parise was a goalkeeper who played in the United States Hockey League with the Chicago Steel and Waterloo Blackhawks, then played three seasons with the North Dakota Fighting Sioux hockey, leaving as the school's all-time leader in goals against average (2.14). Jordan signed a contract by the New Jersey Devils on July 14, 2006, and played with the Lowell Devils for two seasons. Jordan later played in Europe with EC Red Bull Salzburg, Klagenfurt AC, and HC Valpellice.[7][8]

In addition to his hockey playing sons, Parise had two children from his first marriage, Colette and Marc.


It was reported in November 2014 that Parisé was in the advanced stages of lung cancer.[9] Parisé died on January 7, 2015, of lung cancer, aged 73. In addition to son Zach, J.P. Parisé was survived by his wife of 42 years, Donna, two other sons, one daughter, and six grandchildren.[10][11]

Achievements and facts[edit]

  • Named to play in the NHL All-Star Game in 1970 and 1973.
  • On April 11, 1975, Parisé scored a goal 11 seconds into overtime to give the Islanders a 4–3 win over the New York Rangers, clinching the best-of-3 playoff series for the Isles. It was the fastest OT goal in NHL history up to that time.
  • At the time of his retirement, Parisé was the North Stars' all-time leader in assists, second in points, third in goals and fifth in games played.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1961–62 Niagara Falls Flyers OHA-Jr. 38 8 20 28 28
1961–62 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 1 0 0 0 0
1962–63 Kingston Frontenacs EPHL 64 11 17 28 64 5 0 0 0 6
1963–64 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 72 27 36 63 77 5 1 2 3 10
1964–65 Minneapolis Bruins CPHL 70 17 56 73 106 5 5 1 6 0
1965–66 Boston Bruins NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1965–66 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 69 19 30 49 137 7 6 3 9 2
1966–67 Boston Bruins NHL 18 2 2 4 10
1966–67 Oklahoma City Blazers CPHL 42 11 22 33 98 11 1 9 10 32
1967–68 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 1 1 0
1967–68 Rochester Americans AHL 30 10 18 28 37
1967–68 Minnesota North Stars NHL 43 11 16 27 27 14 2 5 7 10
1968–69 Minnesota North Stars NHL 76 22 27 49 57
1969–70 Minnesota North Stars NHL 74 24 48 72 72 6 3 2 5 2
1970–71 Minnesota North Stars NHL 73 11 23 34 60 12 3 3 6 22
1971–72 Minnesota North Stars NHL 71 19 18 37 70 7 3 3 6 6
1972–73 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 27 48 75 96 6 0 0 0 9
1973–74 Minnesota North Stars NHL 78 18 37 55 42
1974–75 Minnesota North Stars NHL 38 9 16 25 40
1974–75 New York Islanders NHL 41 14 16 30 22 17 8 8 16 22
1975–76 New York Islanders NHL 80 22 35 57 80 13 4 6 10 10
1976–77 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 31 56 46 11 4 4 8 6
1977–78 New York Islanders NHL 39 12 16 28 12
1977–78 Cleveland Barons NHL 40 9 13 22 27
1978–79 Minnesota North Stars NHL 57 13 9 22 45
NHL totals 890 238 356 594 706 86 27 31 58 87


Year Team Event   GP G A Pts PIM
1972 Canada SS 6 2 2 4 28


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Preceded by
Nick Beverley
Minnesota North Stars captain
Succeeded by
Paul Shmyr