Originally written on Goon's World  |  Last updated 11/11/14

NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 11: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils skates against the Anaheim Ducks during their NHL game at the Prudential Center on November 11, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Ducks 3-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
s/t to Tedder11 for posting this one over on Siouxsports.com, yeah the one that used to play for the Fighting Sioux as well.  Good to know that Zach is still not a fan of the Gophers after all of these years. Thank God Lou Nannie and Glen Sonmor weren’t able to get Zach to change his mind.
 J
Asked about playing in the Xcel Energy Center, Parise said: "I love coming here and playing. Unfortunately we do it every other year. It's a great arena. Growing up around here I'd go and watch state tournaments. Everybody loves hockey. The fans are real knowledgeable about the game. When you can call this a home and come back and play it's a lot of fun."

He was asked by a local TV questioner if he had a favorite local hockey player, perhaps a University of Minnesota Gophers player? Not a good question for a University of North Dakota player.

"No Gophers. Come on," Parise said with a laugh. "I was always a big (Neal) Broten fan and (Mike) Modano fan. I was more watching the North Stars growing up than the Gophers. I kind of got more attached to that than college. But definitely no Gophers."

When asked about the Gophers being ranked No. 1, Parise said: "That's when I stopped paying attention. UND always has a strong second half. They always seem to heat up at the right time heading into the playoffs."


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