Pat Forte, Zach Parise’s Former Coach, Honored By Hockey Hall Of Fame

Pat Forte, Zach Parise’s Former Coach, Honored By Hockey Hall Of Fame


WELCOME BACK, HE IS A HOCKEY COACH TO BE SURE. TOMORROW HE WILL BE AT THE WILD GAME TO PERFORM BEFORE. BUT THERE’S SO MUCH MORE. 11 YEARS AGO THEY TOLD HIM HE HAD SIX MONTHS TO LIVE. HE GREW UP IN HOCKEY COUNTRY. EVERY KID THAT GREW UP THEY SLID A PAIR OF SKATES ON. HE TURNED INTO A HIGH-END HIGH SCHOOL PLAYER. I WAS BEING HEAVILY RECRUITED AS A HIGH SCHOOL KID AND I HAD A RARE KNEE DISORDER WHERE I ENDED UP HAVING SIX KNEE OPERATIONS BECAUSE OF IT. HE BECAME A HIGH SCHOOL COACH AND WORKED WITH SOME ALL STAR TEAMS. ONE THAT FEATURED A FAMILIAR NAME. PERRIZI, SCORES! . THE FIRST THING I REMEMBER IS HOW COMPETITIVE HE WAS. I THOUGHT I WAS COMPETITIVE AND HE TOOK IT TO –. DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE THE DRILL HUH? DIDN’T WANT TO LOSE IT. PING-PONG OR I DON’T CARE WHAT IT WAS. UNTIL 2006 WHEN THE DOCTOR TOLD HIM. I HAD A RARE CANCER IN MY CHEST. THE DOCTOR CAME IN AND JUST SAID IT WAS STAGE 4 AND GET YOUR STUFF IN ORDER BECAUSE YOU HAVE ABOUT SIX MONTHS TO LIVE. THEY FOUND WAYS TO SHRINK THE TUMOR AND BEAT THE ODDS. WITH THE HELP OF THE HOCKEY COMMUNITY AND THE PEOPLE HE SERVED HE HAS LEARNED MUCH. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN PUT IT INTO WORDS. IT’S JUST, I DON’T KNOW. IT’S UNBELIEVABLE. UNBELIEVABLE. THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY. AND THAT HOCKEY COMMUNITY PAID TRIBUTE TO HIM LAST YEAR WHEN THE HOCKEY HALL OF FAME HONORED HIM WITH THE SPIRIT OF LIFE AWARD. GETTING THAT AWARD ESPECIALLY FROM THE HALL OF FAME WHERE I GREW UP IN THE SHADOWS OF IT. I TELL MY FRIENDS I’D LIKE TO BE IN IT BUT IT WAS FOR GOALS AND ASSISTS, NOT FOR FIGHTING CANCER AND STILL GIVING BACK TO THE GAME. BUT IT WAS STILL PRETTY SPECIAL. HE DOESN’T KNOW WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS. HE TRAVELS TO MAYO CLINIC ONCE A MONTH FOR THERAPY. I TOLD MY SISTER LAST NIGHT ON THE PHONE, I SAID YOU KNOW, I WANT THIS IMMUNOTHERAPY TO WORK

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