Nov 13, 2013; Saint Paul, MN, USA; Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise (11) against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Maple Leafs 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Wild F Zach Parise Named Captain of Team USA

Earlier today, USA Hockey announced that Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise has been named Captain of Team USA heading into the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

In addition, Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter and Los Angeles Kings Captain Dustin Brown were named Parise’s Alternate Captains.

Responsibility is nothing new to Parise, who is now being referred to as “Captain America.” The 5’11’ Minneapolis native is currently in his second season as Alternate Captain for the Minnesota Wild.

He also served as the Alternate Captain for Team USA in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver where they took home the Silver Medal.

During the Olympics in 2010, Parise scored 4 goals and 4 assists giving him a total of 8 points.

Parise was hit with the injury bug earlier this season when he was forced to miss a month of action due to a foot injury. He returned to the Wild’s lineup on January 23rd when they defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks 2-1.

So far this season with the Minnesota Wild, the 197 pound left wing has skated in 41 games. In that time, he has scored 18 goals and 16 assists for a total of 34 points. This puts him in a close race for third on the Wild in regards to points. He is second in goals on the team, only surpassed by right wing Jason Pominville.

Parise was originally drafted in the first round, 17th overall by the New Jersey Devils in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. He was later signed by the Minnesota Wild as a Free Agent on July 4, 2012.

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