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Zach’s the man: Parise named U.S. Olympic captain

Jan 31, 2014, 1:08 PM EDT

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Zach Parise is a captain once again.

On Friday, USA Hockey announced that Parise would captain the American team set to participate in the Winter Olympics in two weeks time. The American team will also have two alternates: Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown and Parise’s Minnesota teammate, Ryan Suter.

“I was pretty thrilled to get the call,” Parise said, per USA Hockey. “I’m lucky enough to join an elite list of players to be captain of the U.S.”

For Parise, the ‘C’ is a sweater letter upgrade from the 2010 games in Vancouver, where he served as an alternate to American captain Jamie Langenbrunner.

According to U.S. GM David Poile, Parise was selected from a “leadership group” that included ’10 Olympians David Backes, Ryan Callahan, Brown, Suter and Parise.

Parise currently serves as an alternate in Minnesota and, prior to signing with the Wild, captained the Devils during the 2011-12 campaign.

  1. jpdoc26 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:21 PM

    Good choice. USA! USA! USA!

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:15 PM

      Clearly the thumb downs are Jersey fans. You’d think they’d get over it someday

  2. gaborik104life - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    I don’t understand this leadership group aspect that includes 10 of the players. I believe he is referring to returning players which in that aspect they do have something to offer but I don’t think nearly half of a team needs to be a leadership group. Rather they should contribute what they learned from the past olympics without needing to be selected to this “leadership group.”

    • ibieiniid - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      ….that really bothered you? wtf does it matter what they’re called?

    • phutchin77 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      You missed the apostrophe. That was the 2010 leadership group.

      • 950003cups - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

        LOL.. I got fooled on that too. I was thinking “10 leaders? That’s half the team”

    • gaborik104life - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:38 PM

      My mistake everyone misread the article. This is awkward…

    • c9castine - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:52 PM

      hows it feel to rant on something that doesn’t exist because you had a hard time reading?

  3. blues1988 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    good choice on Parise and Suter, bad choice on brown. he’s a dirty dirty player and he’s not even that good.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:43 PM

      yeah, the USA Olympic coaching staff probably didn’t know what they were doing…..

      you should apply for the job when 2018 comes around.

      • strictlythedanks - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        blues1988 spoke nothing but the turth. Brown shouldnt be on the team even.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        but he is on the team, and he’s apparently quite the leader… for reasons jpdoc mentioned and like I said, the COACHES of the team have most definitely seen in him.

      • 950003cups - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:22 PM

        Brown is too slow for wide open ice. This team is VERY suspect. Seems like it’s all political on who gets picked and who doesn’t.

      • c9castine - Jan 31, 2014 at 9:57 PM

        ibieniid your crazy man. team USA coaching staff knows nothing don’t worry about the stanley cups and hundreds of wins and years of experience playing coaching and administering.

        dustin brown A. is not dirty. and nobody will come up with any evidence to support the notion that he is. B. doesn’t suck. he has the credentials to prove it. lets start with the fact that he is in the NHL and quickly move on to his 5 20 goal seasons, stanley cup championship he captained, and his Olympic silver medal.

        theres some guys i don’t like on team USA but i don’t write stupid things about them just because they don’t play for my team and they gave my favorite player a boo boo.

    • jpdoc26 - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:51 PM

      I mean he did captain a Stanley Cup winning team not too long ago…

      • 950003cups - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I believe the credit there was to Carter, Richards, Doughty, and some kid named Quick. Neither captain led their teams that year. Half Parise’s goals were ENs. Over skated countless passes. Barely hit.

      • ibieiniid - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        overskated passes? what does that mean? Brown’s supposed to lead his teammates to pass hard enough/hit their mark?

    • badgerhockey77 - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:45 PM

      Agreed! I’m still astonished the Brown made the team. Embarrassed that this punk will be representing the USA. He’s not fast, is having a poor year statistically, and he’s a cheap shot player. But hey…he won the Cup a few years back. You know…the same year he almost got traded for his poor play.

    • kingsfan93 - Jan 31, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Blues1988 – You said “Brown is not even that good.”

      But if I recall correctly, D. Brown leaded his team to the Stanley Cup Finals and WON the damn thing.

      D. Brown may be having a down year an all, which he is aware of, but doesn’t make him a player that not even that good. There is more teams than not that would love to have D. Brown on their team.

      As for D. Brown’s reputation, he is not a “dirty, dirty player.” He has had a few incidences in his career (2 of them that got him suspended) doesn’t make him a “dirty, dirty player.” I could think of other players that are by far more dirtier than D. Brown. So give me a break!

      • mnwildmike - Feb 2, 2014 at 7:33 PM

        You sound like an idiot. Must be the great schools in LA.

  4. bcsteele - Jan 31, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Really wanted to see Backes get an “A”

    • lbeezyse - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      I also think Backes should have gotten the last A, but I also think Pommer should have made the squad. Who cares what I think though.

  5. greej1938l - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    I mean…brown may be a dirty player in some eyes…but that doesn’t mean he can’t be a leader…..

  6. Whooten Anit - Jan 31, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    Wonder if he’ll walk out on this team, like he did on the last team he captained?

    • bustmustplus - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Sound a little butt hurt bro

    • hockeyflow33 - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      I’m not sure how you fault a guy for taking $98,000,000. Would you pass that up?

      • 950003cups - Feb 1, 2014 at 6:07 AM

        I’m not so sure he would’ve stayed anyway. If NJ offered him close to that $98 million, he’d probably have still left. Everyone has an excuse. But the common story is everyone, except Brodeur, has bailed out on Lamoriello. The list is pretty long. Most recently:
        Neidermayer, Rafalski, Gomez, Kovalchuk, Parise, Clarkson, and Gionta. Not to mention coaches, Brent Sutter and Larry Robinson.

        Maybe it’s not the strictly the money. Maybe it’s Lamoriello

  7. imgoingtowichita - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Lou hitched his wagons to a Russian that decided to leave. Don’t put reaching UFA status and choosing another team all on Parise.

    • 950003cups - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      No not at all. That’s all on Lou. As a matter of fact, I’m starting to think Kovalchuk didn’t like being under Lou either. His only way out was to leave the country. I don’t buy in to this “I loved it here during the lockout” story. He spent every summer in Russia training, and played every year there in the WC. Plus he was offered good money prior to signing with Lou. Something about “wanting to go home” doesn’t sound right. Same with Parise as well. He didn’t wanna just “go home” he wanted to go to a very large expensive home.

      • 950003cups - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:23 PM

        I’m really starting to think nobody wants to play for Lou Lamoriello anymore. The guy needs to either quit doing what he’s doing, or just retire.

  8. cofran2004 - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I’m okay with that. Parise is nothing if not a good leader. I have nothing but good things to say about him, and this is coming from someone who’s favorite team was his team’s most bitter rival for a long time.

    A little disappointed Cally’s not on there, but to put him above the guys they picked would be a stretch, so I get it. Also, based on the articles, I really should be trying to disattach myself from the rangers captain, as he may not be the rangers captain much longer.

    I’m not nearly as down on this variation of team USA as a lot of you are. I really think they were put together specifically to slow down the more powerful offenses (canada, russia, etc), and then score opportune goals. It looks like a pretty damned good team to me. I won’t be surprised if they lose, that’s true. But I really think they’ll do quite well.

  9. greej1938l - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    You’re gunna try and knock Parise? C’mon haha

  10. muckleflugga - Jan 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    whooooa … parise

    what are they thinking … when did being killer good matter

    i thought brooks orpik was the logical choice … ?

    the old man … born in the year of the miracle … himself rising like a champion from his own recent beheading … one of two most important players on the team … critics choice for this year’s frankie

    a penguin by definition the face of hockey in america

    • jabeus - Jan 31, 2014 at 4:59 PM

      haha nice try..

      “a penguin by definition the face of hockey in America” what about a guy that was born and plays in the state of hockey????

  11. pariseinminnesotabichez - Jan 31, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Great pick for captain

  12. patshal - Feb 1, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Parise is a great captain but you could get better like Ryan Callahan.

  13. vstar1us - Feb 1, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    Great choice, very classy player!

  14. mnwildmike - Feb 2, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Dustin Brown sucks. He shouldn’t be on the team much less in the leadership group. He’s a dirty player and he’s having an awful season. They should have left him off and added Bobby Ryan instead.

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