It is with a heavy heart that Hockey Canada acknowledges the passing of J.P. Parise, who lost his year-long battle with lung cancer Wednesday night at his home in Prior Lake, Minn., at the age of 73.
The native of Smooth Rock Falls, Ont., represented Canada only once, but it was a memorable appearance; Parise played in six of the eight games in the 1972 Summit Series, recording two goals and two assists while skating on a line with Phil Esposito and Wayne Cashman.
“J.P. Parise played an integral role in one of the greatest moments in Canadian hockey history, and his contributions to the game, both in Canada and the United States, will not soon be forgotten,” said Tom Renney, president and CEO of Hockey Canada. “We send our condolences to the Parise family during this difficult time.”
Parise played 890 NHL games with Boston, Toronto, Minnesota, the New York Islanders and Cleveland from 1965-79, finishing his career with 594 points (238 goals and 356 assists), along with 58 points (27 goals, 31 assists) in 86 playoff games.
Following his retirement, Parise spent nine seasons in the Minnesota North Stars organization, as an assistant coach with the North Stars and head coach of their AHL affiliate in Salt Lake City.
He was also a coach and director of hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault, Minn.
Hockey Canada sends its condolences to Parise’s wife Donna, and sons Jordan and Zach.