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Wilderness Walk: Zach? Is that you?

Zach Parise played professional hockey last night.

Minnesota Wild v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Wild has been anxiously awaiting the return of Zach Parise from a back injury that has kept the star forward sidelined for the entirety of the ’17-’18 season so far. But Parise took a huge step forward last night, playing in his first professional hockey of the year in a rehab stint with the AHL’s Iowa Wild. After the game, which ended in Iowa losing 6-3 to the Rockford IceHogs, Parise shared his plan with Michael Russo:

This is big-time stuff. This is an actual, honest-to-goodness timeline for a Parise return to the NHL. I find it very exciting.

Everything is alright, and Motion City Soundtrack reminds us of that while taking us through today’s Walk.

Wild News

Wild's Zach Parise returns to action for first time in 250 days
Dane did an AHL gamer. Nice.

Wild could really use Parise, even if he’s limited
The nation knows.

On Frozen Pond

Team USA falls in major WJC upset
Oh, no.

Slovakia stuns U.S. with highlight-reel winner
More... oh, no.

USA-Canada junior hockey championship outdoor game a go
An outdoor game always cures your woes, though.

Gophers Set for Army West Point Series
For the first time in 50 years?!

St. Thomas Academy takes Schwan's Cup Gold Division
STA's uniforms were confusingly similar to Minnetonka's.

Off the Trail

Scheifele out 6-8 weeks for Jets with upper-body injury
A huge loss for our neighbors to the north.

Robin Lehner says officials robbed Sabres in loss