Former NHL player Jean Paul Parise will be remembered in a unique way this Saturday in his hometown of Smooth Rock Falls. A special sign will be unveiled at Kelly Park at 1 pm that shows Parise in his 1972 Team Canada jersey that he wore in The Summit Series against Russia. Mayor Sue Perras says the ceremony comes at a perfect time as the famous series marks its 50th anniversary this year.
“And he played six of the eight games in the summit, made 2 goals and 2 assists and didn’t even think he would be going,” she said. “He was surprised when he was asked to go.”
Perras says she was fortunate to have spent time with Parise during a visit to the community a year and a half before he died.
“When I did talk to him after I felt really good about our conversations and I was so happy that he was able to come to Smooth Rock and meet with the residents,” she said. “I mean the Legion was full of people you know because they were so happy to see him.”
Parise’s wife Susan and step-son Marc will be in attendance for the ceremony that will include a meet and greet at the curling club. Jean Paul Parise died in 2015 at the age of 73.