Found August 29, 2013 on Fox Sports North:
Joe Mauer is the hometown star drafted by the Minnesota Twins. Zach Parise left for a while, but was brought back home by the Minnesota Wild. The two are considered humble, hard-working pillars of their teams and the similarities don't end there. After Mauer and his wife, Maddie, welcomed their own set of twins into the world this year, Parise and and his wife, Alisha, are reportedly going to have twins as well. The Minneapolis Star Tribune's Michael Russo reported the Parises have twin babies due in January. Parise and Mauer, who had become friends, have discussed the big news and their wives have connected also. "They're helping us out with different things to get that have helped them," Parise told the Star Tribune. Parise signed his 13-year contract with the Wild in July 2012 to return home where he was born and his dad was a player and coach for the Minnesota North Stars. Parise played his prep hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's. Parise will now be starting his own family in the Twin Cities. The Mauers had twin girls this summer. According to the Star Tribune, Parise has been told at least one of the twins is a boy and doctors couldn't determine the gender of the other baby. Parise, along with Wild teammate Ryan Suter, has been at the U.S. orientation camp in preparation for the upcoming Olympics. Follow Brian Hall on Twitter

Joe Mauer plans to play again in 2013, but return date up in air

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer doesn't know when he'll return to action after suffering a concussion last Monday. But Mauer did say Thursday that he has no plans of calling it quits for the rest of the 2013 season -- even though Minnesota is 17 games under .500 with 31 games remaining. "Shutting it down never entered my mind," the All-Star catcher said...

Twins' Mauer set on returning this season

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer has not considered sitting out the rest of the season to let his concussion heal. Mauer said Thursday he's feeling better, 10 days after he got hit in the facemask with a foul tip behind the plate. But the six-time All-Star acknowledged he's not concerned about catching again this year, just simply returning to the field sometime in September...

Mauer's concussion issues linger

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer has not cleared his concussion symptoms yet. Mauer was missing from the lineup for the 16th straight game Friday, when the Twins started a series against Toronto. The All-Star said after taking batting practice he had ''a good day,'' but the recovery process has been slow. Mauer said there's no timetable for his return but that...

Joe Mauer beginning to make progress from concussion

While Joe Mauer said earlier this week that he was still experiencing sensitivity to light and sound he’s beginning to make some progress from his concussion. According to Rhett Bollinger of Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that Mauer ramped up his exercises on Friday. He’s expected to progress to hitting off a tee today.

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Follow JJ on Twitter @jaeckel This is the second of 8 daily installments on the teams in the new NHL Central Division, culminating in a predicted order of finish. The Minnesota Wild, under GM Chuck Fletcher and head Coach Mike Yeo, really did what they should have been expected to last season. Flush with big ticket free agents Ryan Suter and Zach Parise, they made the playoffs...
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