January 31 - Zach Parise has been named captain of the United States ice hockey team as the squad prepares to travel to Sochi ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The 29-year-old has been an alternate captain for the Minnesota Wild since his move from the New Jersey Devils in 2012.
He was named captain for the Devils in his final season and became only the second captain to lead the side to the Stanley Cup finals.
Parise is the son of famous Canadian hockey player J.P. Parise, a member of the fabled Canadian team that faced off against the mighty Soviet Union in the 1972 Summit Series, celebrated as the most important moment in the nation's sporting history.
Parise will be hoping to lead his US team to their first Olympic gold medal since the famous 1980 "Miracle on Ice" team beat the Soviet Union at Lake Placid.
The team has finished runners-up in two of the last three Games, having lost to Canada in the final in both 2002 and 2010.
Parise scored a last-minute goal in 2010 to force the gold medal match against Canada into overtime, before Sidney Crosby socred the "golden" goal to seal victory for the hosts.
Parise's teammate at Minnesota Wild, defenseman Ryan Suter, and Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Brown, have been named alternate captains for the US team.
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