In Memory of DTBL Supporter and Former NHL player, JP Parise
It is with a heavy heart that we learn of the passing of Jean-Paul Parise. “JP” has been an integral part of the Defending The Blue Line family for many years. He has served on our Board of Directors for three years, and was currently active on our Board of Legends.
Mr. Parise’s service to our nation’s heroes started long before his involvement with Defending The Blue Line, however. As a player in the 1970’s, Jean-Paul volunteered to go visit the troops in Vietnam with his teammates, Tom Reid and Murray Oliver. I will never forget JP’s personal account of his trip, and the passionate admiration he possessed for the men and women who defend our freedom every day. Those that knew JP know the animation and love that he could bring to any story, a trait that he brought to every situation in life.
Our organization and the 20,000+ military families we support across the United States and Canada will be forever grateful for Mr. Parise’s involvement and support of our cause. His contributions have directly helped make hockey a reality for countless military kids.
Rest In Peace JP. While our hearts our heavy, we raise our right arm to salute you on your way to a better place.
1SG (Ret.), ARNG
Founder and President,
Defending The Blue Line®