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                 === Parise will captain U.S. Olympic team ===
 
 Colorado  Springs, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise
 on Friday was named captain of the United States men's ice hockey team for the
 2014 Sochi Olympics.
 
 Parise  served  as an alternate captain  four years ago in Vancouver, when the
 U.S. won the silver medal. He tied for the team lead with four goals and eight
 points.
 
 The  29-year-old Parise  has 18 goals and  16 assists in 41 games this season.
 He recently returned to action after missing a month with a foot injury.
 
 Minnesota  Wild defenseman  Ryan Suter  and Los  Angeles Kings  forward Dustin
 Brown were named alternate captains.
 
 Brown,  who is  in his  sixth season  as  captain of  the Kings,  also was  an
 alternate captain four years ago in Vancouver. He has 10 goals and six assists
 in 55 games this season.
 
 Suter,  who was an alternate captain on the 2010 team, is in his second season
 as  an alternate captain  with the Wild. He has six goals and 27 assists in 56
 games this season.
 
 01/31 13:55:53 ET