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In case you missed it, Mark Parrish retired

Nov 26, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

Mark Parrish

Over the weekend, Mike Russo of the Minnesota Star-Tribune passed along word that veteran NHLer Mark Parrish had called it a career.

Parrish is currently acting as a color commentator for St. Cloud State, his alma mater, and hopes to get into coaching one day.

The 35-year-old spent last season on a one-year, two-way deal with Ottawa, but never got into a game with the Sens, spending the entire season in AHL Binghamton where he posted solid numbers (15G-15A-30PTS in 51 games.)

Parrish last played in the NHL during the 2010-11 season, appearing in two games with the Buffalo Sabres.

His prime years occurred in the early 2000s when, as a member of the Panthers and Islanders, he scored 20-plus goals in six of seven seasons.

Parrish’s best-ever campaign came in 2001-02 with New York. He potted a career-high 30 goals (tying him with Brett Hull, Luc Robitaille and Marian Gaborik) and made his first and only All-Star Game.

The Minnesota native represented Team USA six times — three times at the World Championships, twice at the World Juniors and once at the Olympics — and is still being paid $927,778 annually by the Wild, who bought out his five-year, $13.25 million deal in 2008.


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  1. bcjim - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:28 PM


    • lordfletcher - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:31 PM

      this so called “who” is living a better life than you and has accomplished more… so save your “who” comments for yourself.

      Parrish was a good hockey player and is a great person.

      • bcjim - Nov 26, 2012 at 3:52 PM

        OK Mrs. Parrish, will do.

      • danphipps01 - Nov 26, 2012 at 5:42 PM

        Oh, hey, look, he doesn’t know any players outside his team or the Hall of Fame. Typical weekend fan. If they don’t score nightly, he won’t know their names. Drop-in sports fans never do.

      • williplett - Nov 27, 2012 at 12:57 AM

        As a Wild fan, I just wish he had done something while he was here. Oh well, his buyout only has two years left on it. Seemed like a good guy, though.

  2. challer9 - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:32 PM

    Congrats on a solid career, Mark. Enjoy retirement!

  3. mountainmantride - Nov 26, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Yup missed it. NHL irrelevant. NHL fading to oblivion of sports world.

  4. jimw81 - Nov 26, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    another gritty fourth liner gone.

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