Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise was named captain of Team USA for the Sochi Olympics, the team announced Friday.
The U.S. named Los Angeles Kings right wing Dustin Brown and Wild defenseman Ryan Suter alternate captains.
Parise, a 29-year-old Minneapolis native, tied for the U.S. scoring lead at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver with eight points. He scored the game-tying goal with 24.5 seconds left in regulation of the gold-medal contest against Canada to force overtime.
Parise played for gold-medal teams at the World Under-18 Championship in 2002 and the World Junior Championship in 2004.
This season, Parise has 34 points in 41 games while battling injuries.
Parise is the third different U.S. captain since the NHL starting using players in the Olympics. Chris Chelios captained the team three times from 1998 to 2006 and Jamie Lagenbrunner was captain in 2010.