ST. PAUL, Minn. J.P. Parise had long been retired from the NHL when his former team, the Minnesota North Stars, were packed up and moved down to Dallas.
Parise settled in Minnesota after his playing career ended, but the shock of the North Stars leaving didn't hit him right away in 1993 when owner Norm Green took the team to Texas. It wasn't until a year later when the arena he played in for nine seasons, the Met Center in Bloomington, was brought to the ground that the significance hit Parise.
"It never really bothered me, but the day it really hit me after the fact was the day they destroyed the building," said Parise, who finished as the 10th leading scorer in North Stars history. "It kind of hit after. I was up there by myself and it was just a feeling that was gone, emptiness, everything was gone. That kind of removed all the memories, all the stuff you think about."
When the team was moved to Dallas, it left an empty feeling for hockey fans in Minnesota. It wasn't until fo...