ECHL.com Note – Don Parsons began his professional career and played seven seasons in the ECHL from with Nashville (1991-92), Tallahassee (1994-95), Johnstown (1995-96), Baton Rouge (1996-97) and Louisiana (1996-99) and he ranked eighth in career goals and 10th in career scoring at the end of the 1998-99 season. Parsons had 468 points (248g-220a) and 506 penalty minutes in 377 career regular season ECHL games and 48 points (16g-32a) and 90 penalty minutes in 51 career ECHL playoff games.
By Roy Lang III
©The Shreveport Times
Thanks to an embarrassing loss, the accomplishment didn’t mean much at the time. That all changed when Don Parsons received a little gift from a pair of Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs fans.
The Memphis RiverKings captain collected his 1,000th point with a power-play goal early in the second period against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. He would add another goal just a few moments later, but his team still lost 8-2.
When Parsons, only the 47th player in minor-league professional hockey to reach the 1,000-point plateau, exited the somber Memphis locker room at the CenturyTel Center, Mudbugs season ticket holders and team sponsor Mike and Catherine McKay were waiting for him.
“We love watching you play,” said Catherine, who is from Memphis.
Then her husband brightened Parsons’ bittersweet evening.
“Here’s a gift on behalf of the fans,” said Mike, owner of Shreveport-based McKay Consulting. “Congratulations.”
Mike McKay then handed Parsons a $1,000 check for his foundation, Parsons Project, based in Memphis.
“It’s totally unexpected, obviously,” Parsons said. “It’s fans like that, that make our league successful. The Shreveport fans have been hard on me, but obviously fair.”