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J.P. Parise Succumbs to Lung Cancer at Age 73

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J.P. Parise, the former Minnesota North Star, and father of Wild player Zach Parise, has died from lung cancer.

Here's the official statement from the Wild organization:

After a brave battle with lung cancer, J.P. Parise passed away peacefully at home Wednesday night with his family by his side. We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from family, friends and the entire hockey community during this difficult time. J.P. was a great husband, father and grandpa and will be greatly missed by all of us.

Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.

The heart strings are being tugged on hard with this news. Cancer affects everyone. From you, to me, to star hockey players, cancer is a non-discriminatory killer. The bond between a son and his father is one that is forged out of respect and admiration. Our dads are our first heroes in life. They show you the fun side of life while also instilling the discipline that you need to be a functioning human being in society.

By all accounts, Zach and Jean-Paul's relationship was built not just as a father and son, but as a coach and player, a mentorship, and being each other's biggest fan.

Parise was the hockey directory at the Faribault preparatory high school hockey power house,Shattuck-St. Mary's for eight seasons. He was there when players like Zach, Jonathan Toews, and Sidney Crosby attended the school.

He was born in Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario and landed in Minnesota after being traded from Boston to Minnesota in December of 1967, the first season of the North Stars. He took up roots in Minneapolis and became one of the most endeared players of the North Stars.

This is an extremely difficult time for the the Parise family, and we at Hockey Wilderness have them in our thoughts today. Minnesota hockey, and the rest of the hockey community will dearly miss you J.P.

Winning was Easy with Parise

For more on the passing of Parise, please visit our sister blog, Lighthouse Hockey. They cover the New York Islanders, the team Parise played for after he left Minnesota.