"When it comes to captain and leadership you're looking for players and people that embody who you are, how you want to play, and they have to be examples both on and off the ice," said U.S. head coach Dan Bylsma. "I can't think of a better group, can't think of a better captain than Zach Parise to lead our team and be our captain."
Parise served as an assistant captain during the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, scoring eight points in six games.
This year, Parise has 35 points in 42 games playing for the Minnesota Wild (where he is an assistant captain). He served as captain for the New Jersey, inheriting the “C” from Jamie Langenbrunner; who he also replaces as captain for the U.S. Olympic team.
"It's a special thing to be named captain of any team," said Parise. "When it's a national team, when it's an Olympic team, it's extra special."
Parise’s Minnesota teammate Ryan Suter was named an assistant captain for the squad, a capacity in which he also served in during the 2010 Olympics. The other assistant will be Los Angeles Kings captain Dustin Brown.