Originally written on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 7/9/12

NEWARK, NJ - DECEMBER 28: Zach Parise #9 of the New Jersey Devils loks on against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Prudential Center on December 28, 2009 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Thrashers 3-2. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
ST. PAUL, Minn. Less than an hour away from the Xcel Energy Center, the new home for Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise is the rink where Parise shined as a star for Shattuck-St. Mary's. The prep school in Faribault, Minn., has turned into a hockey hotbed for high school players, and the school has Parise to thank for that.Parise spent two seasons playing at SSM, from 2000-2002. During the 2001-02 season, Parise scored a whopping 178 points (77 goals, 101 assists) in 67 games with the Sabres. It was a sign that perhaps Parise had what it took to play hockey at the highest level, and those close to him at Shattuck could see it early on."There's no guarantee with anything when you're that young," said Tom Ward, Parise's coach at SSM. "You could definitely see guys that would have a chance if things keep going their way and they don't have a severe injury or something like that. Zach was definitely one of those guys, for sure."Shattuck-St. Mary's is unlike any other hockey program in ...
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