Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise wasn’t ready to say goodbye to his smile. Unfortunately for Parise, I don’t think they can sew a tooth back in.
Midway through the first period of Tuesday night’s game against the Edmonton Oilers, Parise took a puck to the face and fell to the ice. When he began to gather himself, blood was dripping from his mouth, but that wasn’t the only thing that had found it’s way to the ice. Among the blood, there sat Parise’s tooth. And like a stereotypical hockey player, Parise picked it up.
It’s impossible to tell what Parise and the Wild training staff would have done with the teeth, but it’s safe to assume that’s not going anywhere near his mouth again. If anything, maybe the Tooth Fairy tucked away a couple of goals for the 30-year-old Wild star.
Parise didn’t return for the rest of the first period, but was out on the ice to start the second frame. He finished the game with three shots and 16:55 of ice time in Minnesota’s 2-1 victory.