Scott Parker (ice hockey)

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Scott Parker
Born (1978-01-29) January 29, 1978 (age 39)
Hanford, CA, USA
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 240 lb (110 kg; 17 st 2 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 63rd overall, 1996
New Jersey Devils
20th overall, 1998
Colorado Avalanche
Playing career 1998–2008

Scott Douglas Parker (born January 29, 1978 in Hanford, California and raised in Eagle River, Alaska) is a retired American professional ice hockey right winger who played for the Colorado Avalanche and San Jose Sharks in the NHL. Parker earned his nickname, "The Sheriff", from his reputation as a feared fighter and enforcer.

Playing career

Parker grew up playing ice hockey in Eagle River, Alaska, with the youth hockey Mustang Hockey Association and Alaska All Star Hockey Association. He played high school hockey for the Chugiak High School Mustangs. In his sophomore year with the Mustangs Parker was a member of the varsity hockey team that won the Alaska state high school hockey championship. Parker played a season of Junior "B" hockey for the Spokane Braves and then went on to play for the Kelowna Rockets of the Major Junior Western Hockey League of the Canadian Hockey League. It was with the Rockets that Parker was drafted into the NHL.

He was initially drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the third round, 63rd overall, in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft. However unable to come to an agreement with the Devils he re-entered into the 1998 draft and was selected in the first round, 20th overall, by the Colorado Avalanche.[1] After playing a few seasons in the WHL with the Kelowna Rockets, Parker started his NHL career with the Avalanche in 1998 and was a member of their 2001 Stanley Cup championship team.

Parker was acquired by San Jose for a fifth round selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft on June 21, 2003.[2] In 2005, Parker was struck in the head by the puck, and spent a long time off the ice recovering from the resulting concussion.

In a game against the Nashville Predators on March 11, 2006, Parker got involved in an altercation with Nashville defenceman Brendan Witt. Called for elbowing Nashville player Jordin Tootoo, Parker was ejected from the game after an outburst of emotion in the penalty box, including slamming his stick against the glass. As he was led off the ice, Parker jumped onto the glass between the two teams' benches and struck Witt several times. As a result, he was suspended for two games.[3]

On February 27, 2007, Parker was re-acquired by the Colorado Avalanche from the Sharks for a sixth round draft pick in the 2008 draft.[4]

On October 17, 2008, Parker was assigned to Colorado's affiliate the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL.[5] In a rare conflict between the team and one of its own players, the Avalanche terminated Parker's contract on November 9, 2008 for insubordination for not reporting to the Monsters.[6]

Personal

Parker retired in early August 2009 and has since started a barbershop business with his wife Francesca in Castle Rock, Colorado.[7]

In 2006, Parker and his wife Francesca, started a charity called "Parker's Platoon". Parker's Platoon is dedicated to helping military veterans transition from military to civilian life. They help "one veteran at a time" through activities such as riding snow machines in the Rockies to trout fishing and other activities that bring veterans together, helping the vets realize they are not alone in their mental and physical healing process.

In July, 2012, Parker made some controversial comments about Steve Moore. Parker was on the roster of the San Jose Sharks at the time of the 2004 Todd Bertuzzi - Steve Moore incident in which Moore's career was ended by an on-ice attack from Todd Bertuzzi, but Parker and Moore had been teammates in Colorado during prior seasons.[8] In an interview with milehighhockey.com, Parker defended Bertuzzi and spoke disparagingly of Moore, being quoted as saying "he (Moore) always thought he was better than everybody else.

In 2017, Parker appeared on ESPN's Outside the Lines acknowledging that he was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury.[9]

Career statistics

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Kelowna Rockets WHL 64 3 4 7 159 6 0 0 0 12
1996–97 Kelowna Rockets WHL 68 18 8 26 330 6 0 2 2 4
1997–98 Kelowna Rockets WHL 71 30 22 52 243 7 6 0 6 23
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 27 0 0 0 71
1998–99 Hershey Bears AHL 32 4 3 7 143 4 0 0 0 6
1999–00 Hershey Bears AHL 68 12 7 19 206 11 1 1 2 56
2000–01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 69 2 3 5 155 4 0 0 0 2
2001–02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 63 1 4 5 154
2002–03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 43 1 3 4 82 1 0 0 0 2
2003–04 San Jose Sharks NHL 50 1 3 4 101
2005–06 San Jose Sharks NHL 10 1 0 1 38
2006–07 San Jose Sharks NHL 11 0 0 0 22
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 10 1 1 2 6
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 25 0 0 0 70
NHL totals 308 7 14 21 699 5 0 0 0 4

References

  1. ^ "Stocking up". Sports Illustrated. 1998-06-27. Retrieved 2011-06-01. 
  2. ^ "Sunday swap, NHL entry draft trades". ESPN. 2003-06-21. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Parker suspended for trying to climb glass barrier". ESPN. 2006-03-13. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  4. ^ "Scott Parker headed back to Colorado". CBC. 2007-02-27. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  5. ^ "Cleveland has a new sheriff". Denverpost. 2008-10-18. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  6. ^ "Avs cut tie with enforcer Parker for "insubordination"". Denverpost. 2008-11-10. Retrieved 2008-11-10. 
  7. ^ "Scott Parker announces retirement on Lewis & Floorwax show". Youtube. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2010-02-23. 
  8. ^ "Former Avs enforcer Parker sticks up for Bertuzzi". NBC Sports. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-18. 
  9. ^ "Is the NHL in denial about potential CTE link?". ESPN. January 15, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2017. 

External links

  • Scott Parker career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Robyn Regehr
Colorado Avalanche first round draft pick
1998
Succeeded by
Mikhail Kuleshov
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