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Zach Parise back on the ice

Former UND star Zach Parise is back on the ice.

Parise skated Wednesday for the first time since having back surgery on Oct. 24, according to the Minnesota Wild.

Minnesota projected that Parise would miss 8 to 10 weeks after having the surgery.

Parise, who is in the sixth year of his $98 million, 13-year deal, has not played yet this season. He has led the Wild to the playoffs in all five seasons with the team. Parise has reached the NHL playoffs in 11 of his 12 NHL seasons, only missing one year with the New Jersey Devils. He only played in 13 games that season because of injury.

While recovering from his October surgery, Parise visited Ralph Engelstad Arena last weekend and attended UND's 2-2 tie with Union.

He dropped the ceremonial first puck before the game and watched from a suite as Shane Gersich and Colton Poolman scored goals for the Fighting Hawks. Prior to the game, UND coach Brad Berry gave him a tour of the team locker room, which was renovated three years ago.

The Wild are currently 11-10-3 through 24 games.

Brad Elliott Schlossman

Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.

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