Goaltender Davis Parley signed a free agent contract with the Calgary Flames in 2003 and has played the last two years for the ECHL Texas Wildcatters, a new team located in Beaumont, Texas. Prior to that, the British Columbia native spent four years with the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League.
Parley was originally drafted by the Florida Panthers in 2000, but did not sign a contract with the team. It’s ironic, therefore, that he has ended up with Texas, Florida’s ECHL affiliate. A workhorse in net last year playing 52 of the team’s 72 games, this season the 22-year-old splits time with Phil Osaer, a 25-year-old who spent all of last season in the American Hockey League, now under contract with the Panthers.
“Every goalie wants to play a lot of time, a lot of minutes in the net,” Parley said of the current season. “We’ve got two solid goalies down here with Phil Osaer, who had an outstanding night tonight (Saturday) again. But with the affiliation with Florida there, we’re splitting time and he’s playing well. Every guy wants to keep playing more.”
Thus far, Parley has played 23 games to Osaer’s 32. Their save percentages are very similar, with Parley at .917 and Osaer at .916. While he might want to play more, Parley feels he’s personally doing better this year than last year.
“The team’s a little better, the shots have been down from last year. I’ve been a lot more focused, taking care of my body a lot better, doing everything that I can to improve. Last year, our first year in the league, we didn’t have a very strong team. We got peppered every game. But this year they’ve kept it down and it’s a lot better.”