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
SHREVEPORT, La. – Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs forward Dan Wildfong says it all: “He’s the best player I’ve ever played against.”
With one point on Saturday at the CenturyTel Center, the player to whom Wildfong is referring — Don Parsons of the Memphis RiverKings — can earn his 1,000th career point.
According to hockeydb.com – the top source for minor league professional hockey statistics – only 46 players in the history of the minor leagues have reached the plateau. Parsons is fifth on the active scoring list in all of the minor leagues. He is 20th on the all-time goals list (fourth active) with 519.
“It’s something to be proud of,” Parsons said. “Not many people get to do that over a minor-league career. Obviously what’s more important is the team winning. It’s something I’ll look back on in my career and be pretty proud that I was able to play long enough to get 1,000 points and contribute like I did.”
Even though Parsons is playing in only his fifth season in the Central Hockey League, he has made quite an impact in the league.
The Boston native was named the CHL’s Most Valuable Player in 2001-02 and ’02-’03. The 5- 10 and 190-pound Parsons was named Playoff Most Valuable Player in the first of Memphis’ back-to-back titles (2001-02) and honored with the Joe Burton Award for most points scored in the 2000-01 season.
This season, he leads Memphis in scoring (18 goals, 14 assists) and is third in the CHL. This despite the fact he is the oldest player in the league at 35.
“You look at the consistency; he’s been an elite player all the years that we’ve known him in our league,” Brad Treliving, the league’s president said. “It’s always a mark of a great player of what he does to complement the people around him.