Mark Parrish

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Mark Parrish
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Parrish with the Norfolk Admirals in 2010.
Born (1977-02-02) February 2, 1977 (age 37)
Bloomington, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Florida Panthers
New York Islanders
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
Dallas Stars
Tampa Bay Lightning
Buffalo Sabres
National team  United States
NHL Draft 79th overall, 1996
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1997–2012

Mark Daniel Parrish (born February 2, 1977) is an American former professional ice hockey right winger. Parrish has played 11 seasons and over 700 games in the NHL with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Buffalo Sabres.

Playing career[edit]

Parrish, a native of Bloomigton, Minnesota, attended Bloomington Jefferson High School and won two high school State Championships with the Jaguars in 1993 and 1994.[1] Upon graduating from high school, Parrish joined the St. Cloud State Huskies of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA). After recording 30 points in 39 games as a freshman, Parrish was drafted in the third round, 79th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. Parrish returned to the St. Cloud for one more season, then decided to forego his final two years of collegiate hockey to join the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League (WHL). A WHL West First All-Star in his only year of major junior,[2] he scored at a goal-per-game pace with the Thunderbirds as team captain[3] and accumulated 92 points in 54 games.

Before he could appear in an NHL game, the Colorado Avalanche traded Parrish to the Florida Panthers along with a 3rd round selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for veteran Tom Fitzgerald.[3] He made his debut with the Panthers in 1998–99 and established himself as an effective power forward in the NHL, scoring 24 goals and 37 points as a rookie.

After two seasons with the Panthers, Parrish was sent to the New York Islanders with left wing Oleg Kvasha in exchange for future superstars Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen.[4] His production dipped to 17 goals and 30 points in his first season with the Islanders, before emerging with a career-high 30 goals, 30 assists and 60 points in 2001–02. His career-year also included an appearance in the 2002 NHL All-Star Game.[5] In the off-season, he was re-signed to a two-year contract by the Islanders.[6] Parrish continued to score in the 20-goal range and re-signed again with the Islanders following the 2003–04 season, but was inactive during in 2004–05 due to the NHL lockout. When NHL play was set to resume the following season, Parrish signed another one-year contract worth $1.9 million on September 12, 2005.[7]

At the 2005–06 trade deadline, he was dealt to the Los Angeles Kings along with Brent Sopel for Jeff Tambellini and Denis Grebeshkov.[8] As his one-year contract expired at the end of that season, he became an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2006, and signed with his home-state team, the Minnesota Wild to a five-year, $13.25 million contract.[9] Parrish played two seasons with the Wild and was given the captaincy on three occasions as part of the team's monthly rotation.[9] However, he could not match his previous production with the Islanders. On July 30, 2008, the final three years of Parrish's contract was bought out in order to clear salary cap space and he became a free agent.[10]

Without an NHL team, Parrish signed with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League (AHL) on a 25-game tryout basis on October 22.[11] Soon thereafter, however, the Dallas Stars signed Parrish to a 1-year, two-way contract on November 3.[12] He made an immediate impact in his Stars debut on November 7, recording a hat trick in a 5-2 win against the Anaheim Ducks.[13]

Not re-signed by the Stars for the 2009–10 season, Parrish was invited to training camp on a tryout by the Vancouver Canucks on September 11, 2009.[14] He was released two weeks later on September 25.[15] On October 10, 2009, it was reported that Parrish had signed with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.[16] Providing offensive support and a veteran presence Parrish was signed to a one-year contract by the Admirals NHL affiliate, the Tampa Bay Lightning on February 8, 2010.[17]

On September 17, 2010, it was announced that he would be heading to Buffalo for a tryout with the Sabres. He was released from his tryout on October 2, 2010. He was signed by Buffalo on October 6 and sent their AHL affiliate, the Portland Pirates. After spending the season with the Pirates without being recalled, Parrish was recalled by the Buffalo Sabres on February 8, 2011.

On July 8, 2011, he was signed by the Ottawa Senators to a two-way contract, one-year contract.[18] Parrish failed to appear in a game with Ottawa, after he was re-assigned from training camp to AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators, for the duration of the 2011–12 season. In his last professional campaign Parrish scored 15 goals and 30 points in 51 games.

Due to the 2012 NHL lockout in effect, Parrish ended his playing career with the ambition to return in a coaching capacity, he meanwhile serves as a Color analyst on Fox-9 for his alma mater, St. Cloud State.[19]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for  United States
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 1997 Geneva

Along with New York Islanders teammates Rick DiPietro and Jason Blake, Parrish played for Team USA at the Winter Olympics held in Turin, Italy, in February 2006. The team was led by Peter Laviolette, Parrish's former coach with the Islanders. Team USA finished a disappointing 1–4–1, gaining its only win over Kazakhstan and eventually losing to Finland in the quarterfinals.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1994–95 Bloomington Jefferson MSHSL 27 40 20 60 42
1995–96 St. Cloud State WCHA 39 15 15 30 30
1996–97 St. Cloud State WCHA 35 27 15 42 60
1997–98 Seattle Thunderbirds WHL 54 54 38 92 29 5 2 3 5 2
1997–98 Beast of New Haven AHL 1 1 0 1 2
1998–99 Beast of New Haven AHL 2 1 0 1 0
1998–99 Florida Panthers NHL 73 24 13 37 25
1999–00 Florida Panthers NHL 81 26 18 44 39 4 0 1 1 0
2000–01 New York Islanders NHL 70 17 13 30 28
2001–02 New York Islanders NHL 78 30 30 60 32 7 2 1 3 6
2002–03 New York Islanders NHL 81 23 25 48 28 5 1 0 1 4
2003–04 New York Islanders NHL 59 24 11 35 18 5 1 2 3 0
2005–06 New York Islanders NHL 57 24 17 41 16
2005–06 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 5 3 8 4
2006–07 Minnesota Wild NHL 76 19 20 39 18 5 1 0 1 0
2007–08 Minnesota Wild NHL 66 16 14 30 16 1 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 3 1 1 2 2
2008–09 Dallas Stars NHL 44 8 5 13 18
2009–10 Norfolk Admirals AHL 56 17 21 38 32
2009–10 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 16 0 2 2 4
2010–11 Portland Pirates AHL 56 17 34 51 12 12 3 3 6 0
2010–11 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2011–12 Binghamton Senators AHL 51 15 15 30 12
NHL totals 722 216 171 387 246 27 5 4 9 10

International[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
1996 United States WJC 6 1 3 4 2
1997 United States WJC 6 5 2 7 8
1998 United States WC 6 0 0 0 4
2001 United States WC 4 1 0 1 2
2005 United States WC 6 5 0 5 6
2006 United States OG 6 0 0 0 4
Junior int'l totals 12 6 5 11 10
Senior int'l totals 22 6 0 6 16

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year Notes
NCAA
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 1996–97
WHL
West First All-Star Team 1998 [2]
NHL
All-Star Game 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notebook: Hurricanes re-sign Staal, get goaltender Graheme". USA Today. 2006-07-01. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  2. ^ a b "Mark Parrish - Legends of Hockey". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  3. ^ a b Wade, Susan (1998-04-01). "Seattle must find new mix". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  4. ^ Kellner, Jenny (2000-06-29). "Parrish welcomes a larger role". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Players approach All-Star game differently". Sports Illustrated. 2002-02-02. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  6. ^ "Transactions". New York Times. 2002-08-07. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  7. ^ "Parrish signs one-year, $1.9 million qualifying offer". ESPN. 2005-09-13. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  8. ^ "Wild trade G Roloson to Oilers for first-round pick". USA Today. 2006-03-06. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  9. ^ a b "Wild buy out final years of Parrish's contract". Sporting News. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  10. ^ "Wild gain cap room by letting Mark Parrish go". USA Today. 2008-07-30. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  11. ^ Connecticut Post: "Sound Tigers sign ex-Islander Parrish to tryout". Retrieved 2008-10-22. [dead link]
  12. ^ Star Tribune: "Parrish signs with Dallas; Kolanos recalled; Nolan on injured reserve; Gaborik out for road trip; Burns doesn’t practice (updated)". Retrieved 2008-11-03. 
  13. ^ "Mark Parrish leads Stars to win with hat trick". The Hockey News. 2008-11-08. Retrieved 2008-11-08. 
  14. ^ "VETERAN PARRISH LANDS TRYOUT WITH CANUCKS". The Sports Network. Retrieved 2009-09-12. 
  15. ^ "Canucks release forward Parrish". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2009-09-25. Retrieved 2009-09-25. 
  16. ^ "Norfolk Admirals sign RW and former NHL All-Star Mark Parrish to tryout contract". TampaBay.com. 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  17. ^ "Lightning sign Free Agent Mark Parrish". Tampa Bay Lightning. 2010-02-08. Retrieved 2010-05-10. 
  18. ^ Scanlan, Wayne (July 8, 2011). "Sens sign veteran pair to two-way deals". The Montreal Gazette (The Ottawa Citizen). Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Mark Parrish wearing headset in retirement". Minnesota Star Tribune. 2012-11-11. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Rolston
Minnesota Wild captain
Feb-Apr 2007
Succeeded by
Pavol Demitra
Preceded by
Brian Rolston
Minnesota Wild captain
December 2007
Succeeded by
Nick Schultz