- Posted: 4:31 PM, July 6, 2012
Devils fans reactions to Parise’s signing of a 13-year $98M contract with the Minnesota Wild on Wednesday were widespread, and one fan expressed his anger by burning his No.9 jersey and posting the video online.
The 1:05 second YouTube video shows the user, Evan NJ preparing to roast his Parise jersey in traditional Fourth of July fashion, using a sparkler to ignite the fire.
“Well Zach went back to Minnesota,” the person in the video says. “Happy Fourth of July, hope you enjoy the lakes and your time there. Bye Zach.”
As the user finishes speaking, he tosses the firework onto the jersey, which is immediately engulfed in flames. The camera focuses on the burning jersey for the remainder of the video.
Parise, who played with the Devils since being drafted in the first round of the 2003 draft (17th overall), scored 410 points in in 502 career games and has scored 30 or more goals in five of the past six seasons.
The jersey burning is similar to the reaction that Cleveland fans had in July 2010 when LeBron James left the Cavaliers to join the Miami Heat.