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June 17, 2015

Former New York Islanders Player Greg Parks Passes Away

Former NHL player and Canadian Olympian Greg Parks has passed away. He was just 48 years old. No cause of death has been announced.

Parks briefly played with the New York Islanders in the early 1990s. He played for Canada at the Olympics in 1994 before embarking on an interesting international career with stops in Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan.

The Edmonton born Parks starred at Bowling Green University from 1985 through 1989, winning the 1987 CCHA championships. With 240 points in 178 collegiate games, Parks was inducted into the University's Athletics Hall of Fame.

Parks was a speedy and skilled player who played bigger than his 5'10" 170-pound body should have allowed. With 74 points in 47 games in his third year, he finally became noticed by National Hockey League scouts. But Parks remained in school and finally signed with the New York Islanders in the summer of 1990. He would play three seasons with the Islanders system, appearing in 23 career games, scoring 1 goal and 2 assists.

Parks contributed to Canada's silver medal winning team at the 1994 Olympics, playing along side the likes of Paul Kariya, Petr Nedved, Corey Hirsch and Adrian Aucoin.

Parks extended his professional career by travelling to Germany, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan. Parks returned to Edmonton after his career was over, coaching youth hockey teams and raising three daughters.


Anonymous said...

Hello, just wanted to let you know he had 3 beautiful daughters, not two

Anonymous said...

I am very sad to hear of his passing. I went to BGSU with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends...

Anonymous said...

I am very sad to hear this. I remember Greg when he played on the Capital District Islanders in the early 90's. He was a great guy.

Anonymous said...

He was with the Springfield Indians when they won the Calder cup in 1990...nice kid..

Mike Payne said...

What a great guy. We send all our love to all of his family. Greg will be missed by everyone who knew him. I first met greg in grade 7 at Vernon Barford jr highschool . It has been a sad, sad week for all who knew Greg and his family.

Marky said...

Wow, two years later I hear of this. With the naming of the Olympic team today I was reminded of him, meet him a few times and we had some nice talks, and looked him up. Very sad to hear, he really was a wonderfully nice human. RIP, Greg.

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