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Updated: July 9, 2012, 9:07 PM ET
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota has never been "flyover country" to Zach Parise.

The star forward grew up here, honed his hockey skills here and built a house here to make sure his roots remain in Minnesota for the long term.

Yet even in hockey-mad Minnesota, where the passion for the sport may only be rivaled by the country on its northern border, the Twin Cities has always been considered a medium-sized market that doesn't have enough sizzle to lure the biggest names in the game.

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