J.P. Parise passed away Wednesday night at his home in Prior Lake, Minn. after a year-long battle with lung cancer. He was 73.
Parise family statement
After a brave battle with lung cancer, J.P. Parise passed away peacefully at home Wednesday night with his family by his side. We appreciate the outpouring of support we have received from family, friends and the entire hockey community during this difficult time. J.P. was a great husband, father and grandpa and will be greatly missed by all of us.
A standout left wing for the Minnesota North Stars in the 1960s and 70s, Parise returned to Minnesota after his playing career to coach the team.
J.P. Parise is survived by his wife, Donna, and their two sons, Jordan and Zach -- a star in his own right for the Minnesota Wild. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.
MN lost another legend and fan favorite. RIP JP Parise. Thanks for the memories! pic.twitter.com/QWso54ma0k— Jeff Passolt (@JeffPassoltFOX9) January 8, 2015
My thoughts & prayers to Zach Parise and his family on the passing of his Father. There are no words for the heartbreak. Rest in peace JP— Dawn Mitchell (@DawnAtFOX9) January 8, 2015
Suter: It's a terrible thing to happen to a good person. As a team we feel for Zach. He was a good person & it's too bad he's gone. #mnwild— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 8, 2015
Koivu: All our thoughts are with Zach and his family. #mnwild— Minnesota Wild (@mnwild) January 8, 2015