Jean-Paul “J.P.” Parise passed away on Wednesday at the age of 73 after a year-long battle with lung cancer. It’s always tough to see one of our hockey heroes pass away, and though I never saw Parise play, I admired him. He had a steady, 12-year career in the NHL, reaching the 20-goal mark seven times. Parise also represented Canada in the 1972 Summit Series against the Soviet Union. He reached the 20-goal plateau seven times. Here is a look back at his career achievements as a player, illustrated with his hockey cards.
1965-66 – Parise played 3 games with the Boston Bruins.
1966-67 – Parise played 18 games with the Boston Bruins.
1967-68 – Parise played one game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, then was traded to the Minnesota North Stars, where he spent most of his career. He’d finish the season with 28 points in 44 games.
1972-73 O-Pee-Chee Team Canada Inserts (left) & 1992 Future Trends Canada ’72 (right) – Parise played six games with Team Canada in the 1972 Summit Series, netting two goals and two assists.
1973-74 Topps (left) and 1973-74 O-Pee-Chee (right)
1977-78 Topps – Parise was traded to the Cleveland Barons. This would be the seventh and last time he’d reach the 20-goal mark, as he scored 21 times between Cleveland and New York. Note that this was one of the first vintage cards I ever bought; I paid 50 cents for it via mail order back in 1989.
1978-79 O-Pee-Chee – The Barons merged with the North Stars, returning Parise to Minnesota for his final season. Interestingly, the card company didn’t use a picture of Parise with the Barons and then re-color it green. Instead, they just showed him with the Islanders and added “Now with North Stars.”
After he retired, Parise coached as an assistant with the North Stars and a head coach in the minors during the 1980s. He later served as coach and hockey director at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, coaching some of today’s current stars, including Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, and his son, Zach Parise.
Reposez en paix, Monsieur Parisé. ■