Colorado Avalanche forward Zach Parise.
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19-year NHL veteran to retire after the 2023-24 season

Published February 15, 2024 at 4:39 PM

After 19 seasons in the National Hockey League with four different franchises, it appears that Zach Parise will be calling time on his playing career at the conclusion of the 2023-24 campaign.

Parise confirmed the news in an interview this week with Tom Gulitti of, saying that this is his final season and he was at peace last summer with retiring, but wanted to play one more year.

"Yeah, this is it," Parise said to Tom Gulitti of "This is it."

The 39-year-old became a free agent last summer and mulled over whether or not he wanted to retire from professional hockey, but less than one month ago, on January 26th, the Colorado Avalanche inked him to a one-year contract for the remainder of the season.

Parise, the 17th overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has had plenty of success over his 19 years in the National Hockey League, putting up 880 points thus far in 1,229 games with the New Jersey Devils, Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders and Colorado Avalanche.

Given that it's Parise's last season in the NHL, it looks like he's made the right choice in signing with one of this year's Stanley Cup contenders, the Colorado Avalanche, who have been playing very well, sporting a 33-17-4 record through 54 games.

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