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BREAKING: 1100-Game Veteran Announces His Retirement

Published February 15, 2024 at 4:15 PM
BY SAMER
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In a recent interview, NHL veteran Zach Parise announced that this season will mark the end of his NHL career.

Zach Parise Announces He Will Hang Them Up Following This Season



Zach Parise has confirmed his intention to retire after this season.

"Yeah, this is it," Parise stated earlier this week in an interview with NHL.com's Tom Gulitti.



Parise joined the Colorado Avalanche on a one-year, $825,000 deal as an unrestricted free agent in late January. Since his season debut after the All-Star break, he has contributed one goal in five games, averaging just under 13 minutes of ice time per game.



Despite initially feeling at peace with retiring after last season, Parise changed his mind late in the summer.

"I got that itch once guys started to ramp their training up to get ready for camp," he mentioned. "In the back of your mind, you're thinking, 'I can still play."


Joining the Avalanche, Parise was drawn by the team's successful history, having made the playoffs for the past six seasons and winning the Stanley Cup in 2022. Colorado is currently competing with the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars for the top spot in the Central Division.


Despite never winning the Stanley Cup, Parise reached the final in 2012 with the New Jersey Devils. He has recorded 37 goals and 80 points in 111 career playoff games.

"I have a lot, and I'll give everything to whatever role, whatever situation they put me in," Parise affirmed. "Wherever they throw me, I'll give it everything I've got. That hasn't changed. But I'm grateful to be given the opportunity."


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