How do Zach Parise and his Minnesota Wild teammates spend a night off?
Playing hockey with kids, of course.
Parise and his wife, Alisha, hosted a skating and pizza party for 15 former patients from Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota on Wednesday night at Richfield Ice Arena.
And he had a little help, too.
The Wild forward was joined on the ice by current and former teammates and his baseball counterpart, homegrown Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer. Teammates Charlie Coyle, Erik Haula, Chris Porter, Mikael Granlund, Darcy Kuemper, Matt Dumba, Ryan Suter, Niklas Backstrom, Jason Zucker, Marco Scandella, Jared Spurgeon, Jarret Stoll and the recently retired Keith Ballard participated in the hour-long exhibition skate-around made possible by Steve Brown.
Brown won the skating party during an auction at Shine Bright Bash, Children’s Minnesota’s annual event that raises money for its cancer and blood disorders program, in September in honor of his late wife, Monique Hook. Brown’s generous gift, which was matched by the Parises, goes toward advancements in care and research for pediatric cancer and blood disorders.