Wild wear J.P. Parise’s number 11 in his honour

Former NHLer J.P. Parise has passed away at the age of 73 from lung cancer.

The Minnesota Wild will honour J.P. Parise during Thursday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks by wearing a sticker adorning Parise’s number 11 on their helmets for the contest.

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Parise passed away Wednesday night at the age of 73 after losing his battle with lung cancer.

The elder Parise played parts of nine seasons with the Minnesota North Stars, and was a member of the Team Canada during the 1972 Summit Series. He had 238 goals and 594 points in an NHL career that saw him suit up for 890 games for five different teams.

J.P. is the father of Wild star and leading scorer Zach Parise, who was given the day off to grieve, and was a noted coach and mentor for a number of NHL and international stars. Among them are Zach, Sidney Crosby, and Jonathan Toews.

In addition to wearing his number, the Wild also held a pre-game ceremony to honour their former star.

The Parise family released a statement Thursday on the Wild’s website to acknowledge the support they’ve received.

“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.”

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