Wild’s Parise, Twins’ Mauer take the ice with pediatric cancer patients

Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise joined several of his teammates and Twins star Joe Mauer on the ice to put smiles on the faces of pediatric cancer patients.
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Although his team has struggled to find the net recently, Zach Parise and members of the Minnesota Wild scored points during a recent scrimmage with current or former patients of the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota.

Joined by Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer and former Wild defenseman Keith Ballard, Parise and several of his current teammates did their best to keep up with the children at Richfield Ice Arena recently. Mauer gave pointers from afar before Parise saw his baseball buddy take the ice.

Via Minneapolis Star Tribune:

“I think (Mauer) was a little hesitant to get out there for the first shift. But he was fine.”

Parise and his wife, Alisha, were able to take the kids through all facets of the game of hockey, ranging from simple skating to a scrimmage during the hour-long session.

Defensemen Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Marco Scandella and Matt Dumba joined forwards Charlie Coyle, Jason Zucker, Jarret Stoll, Erik Haula, Chris Porter and Mikael Granlund as well as goaltenders Niklas Backstrom and Darcy Kuemper in helping put smiles on the kids’ faces.