Top 5 NHL father-son duos (and trios) of all time

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Zach Parise. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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NHL father-son duos: J.P. and Zach Parise

The Parise’s have an interesting distinction of being both staples in Canadian and American hockey history.

J.P. Parise was a feisty grinder who consistently chipped in 20 goals despite playing a checking role. He rose to prominence in the league in the 70s with the Minnesota North Stars and earned himself a roster spot on team Canada for the 1972 Summit Series vs the USSR.

Parise recorded two goals and four points during the series, while causing havoc along the wall with his physicality. Parise retired in 1979 after an 890 game career in which he recorded nearly 600 points.

His son Zach, born in Minnesota, has become a mainstay of team USA, competing twice at the Olympics and helping the United States capture the silver medal in 2010.

Through his 1,000 game career, Zach has recorded 386 goals and 792 points, most of them the result of his work-ethic around the net. Like his father before him, Zach blends high-end skill with a grinder’s tenacity, never shying away from the more physically tolling aspects of the game.

Sadly, his father J.P. passed away in 2015, but Zach continues to keep his father’s legacy alive in the State of Hockey.