USA Hockey names Wild’s Zach Parise as captain

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – The United States men’s hockey team designated Minnesota Wild’s Zach Parise as captain for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia from Feb. 7 to 23.

“When it’s a national team, when it’s an Olympic team, it’s extra special,” said Parise during a conference call.

Parise, who served as an alternate captain in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, helped the U.S. win the silver medal four years ago by tying for the team lead with four goals and eight points. His goal in the final minute of the third period of the gold-medal game against Canada forced overtime.

He noted that he learned a lot from former New Jersey teammate Jamie Langenbrunner, who was their captain in the 2010 U.S. Olympic team.

“I can’t think of a better group, I can’t think of a better captain than Zach Parise to lead our team and be our captain,” said U.S. coach Dan Bylsma on a conference call Friday.

Named as alternates are Ryan Suter, also from the Wild, and Kings forward Dustin Brown.

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