Minnesota Wild winger Zach Parise (11) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle (22) tangle as they chase the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game in St. Paul, Minn., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Parise has become the latest Minnesota sports star to be a father of twins. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ann Heisenfelt
ST. PAUL, Minn. - Zach Parise has become the latest Minnesota sports star to be a father of twins.
The Wild announced that Parise's wife, Alisha, gave birth Wednesday to Emelia and Jaxson, a girl and a boy. Last year, Twins catcher Joe Mauer and his wife, Maddie, welcomed girls Emily and Maren.
Mauer and Parise both grew up in the Twin Cities area: Mauer in St. Paul and Parise in Bloomington.
Mauer had to rush home from a road trip to be with his wife when she went into labour last July, but Parise didn't have to worry about that. The left wing is out with a foot injury.