When I can't find a good enough deal on Pittsburgh Penguins cards, my eyes begin to wander over to my other areas of interest, like my UND Alumni Collection. My most recent addition is a 2011-12 Panini Prime Zach Parise Prime Signatures Holo Silver Parallel, numbered 3/25.
Parise began playing college hockey with the University of North Dakota for the 2002-03 season, where he recorded a hat trick in his very first game his freshman year. By the end of the season, he led all NCAA rookies in scoring with 26 goals and 35 assists, and finished eighth in the national scoring race. He was also the only freshman finalist for the Hobey Baker Award, and the first UND freshman finalist ever. He was drafted that summer by the New Jersey Devils with the 17th overall draft pick, but returned to UND for his sophomore season, where his team won the McNaughton Cup as the WCHA Regular Season Champion. He also was named a First Team All-American, and was in the top 3 for the Hobey Baker Award, losing out to Junior Lessard.