J. P. Parisé

J. P. Parisé
Born (1941-12-11)December 11, 1941
Smooth Rock Falls, Ontario, Canada
Died January 7, 2015(2015-01-07) (aged 73)
Prior Lake, Minnesota, USA
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
Minnesota North Stars
Toronto Maple Leafs
New York Islanders
Cleveland Barons
Rochester Americans
National team  Canada
Playing career 19631979

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

Juniors and minor leagues

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 pro 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

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

The following season saw expansion, and Parisé was drafted by the Oakland 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 would play three for the Amerks (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

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

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

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

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.


It was reported in November 2014 that Parisé was in the advanced stages of lung cancer.[7] 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.[8][9]

Achievements and facts

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1961–62Niagara Falls FlyersOHA38820280
1961–62Kingston FrontenacsEPHL10000
1962–63Kingston FrontenacsEPHL641117286450006
1963–64Minneapolis BruinsCPHL7227366377512310
1964–65Minneapolis BruinsCPHL7017567310655160
1965–66Boston BruinsNHL30000
1965–66Oklahoma City BlazersCPHL6919304913776392
1966–67Boston BruinsNHL1822410
1966–67Oklahoma City BlazersCPHL421122339811191032
1967–68Toronto Maple LeafsNHL10110
1967–68Rochester AmericansAHL3010182837
1967–68Minnesota North StarsNHL43111627271425710
1968–69Minnesota North StarsNHL7622274957
1969–70Minnesota North StarsNHL742448727263252
1970–71Minnesota North StarsNHL73112334601233622
1971–72Minnesota North StarsNHL711918377073366
1972–73Minnesota North StarsNHL782748759660009
1973–74Minnesota North StarsNHL7818375542
1974–75Minnesota North StarsNHL389162540
1974–75New York IslandersNHL411416302217881622
1975–76New York IslandersNHL802235578013461010
1976–77New York IslandersNHL8025315646114486
1977–78New York IslandersNHL3912162812
1977–78Cleveland BaronsNHL409132227
1978–79Minnesota North StarsNHL571392245
NHL totals 890 238 356 594 706 86 27 31 58 87


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