Don Parsons (ice hockey)

Don Parsons (born January 17, 1969 in Boston, Massachusetts) is a retired professional ice hockey player. Parsons is noted for being a prolific goal scorer who briefly held the modern minor league goal-scoring record from 2008 to 2010.

Don Parsons
Born (1969-01-17) January 17, 1969
Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Wing
Shot Right
Played for AHL
Worcester IceCats
St. John's Maple Leafs
Memphis Riverkings
Nashville Knights
Tallahassee Tiger Sharks
Johnstown Chiefs
Baton Rouge Kingfish
Louisiana IceGators
Manitoba Moose
Cleveland Lumberjacks
Bloomington PrairieThunder
Quad City Mallards
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 19912009


Early career and college

Parson started playing hockey as a defenseman for Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree, Massachusetts because of a lack of defensemen on the teams that he played on.[1] Although he wanted to play forward, he continued to play defense as a member of the UMass Lowell hockey team from 1988 to 1992, where he scored 18 goals in 107 games.


In Parsons's rookie ECHL season, newly hired rookie Nashville head coach Nick Fotiu asked Parsons if he wanted to make the move from playing defense to playing forward. Parsons agreed, and scored 27 goals as a member of the Knights' third line.[1] Parson signed with the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks for the 1994-95 season and scored 41 goals. The following season, he signed with the Johnstown Chiefs, reuniting him with former coach Fotiu and he had his first fifty-goal season, accomplishing the feat with a four-goal night on the final game of the season.[2] Parsons would leave the Chiefs that season and sign with the Baton Rouge Kingfish. He was later be traded to the Louisiana Ice Gators, where he would have his second fifty-goal season while in the ECHL.

Parsons signed with the Flint Generals of the United Hockey League. After one season with the Generals, Parsons signed with the Memphis Riverkings, where he stayed for six seasons.

On December 26, 2008 Parsons broke the modern minor hockey record for goals scored by registering his 678th goal against the Flint Generals.[3] Parsons finished his career scoring 682 goals. His record was eclipsed by Robin Bouchard who scored his 683 career goal on March 20, 2010, against the Quad City Mallards of the IHL.[4]

Parson was waived by the Bloomington PrairieThunder on January 6, 2009.[5] Both management and Parsons announced that it was done for salary cap reasons.


Parsons's #13 was retired by the Memphis Riverkings in a pregame ceremony on March 14, 2010.[6] He is the second such honoree in the team's history, joining the late Scott Brower.

Coaching career

In mid-2011 Parsons was appointed head coach of the Lebanon Valley College team.[7] The team finished the season 11-20 and reached the Eastern Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs for the first time.[8]


Parsons currently lives outside of Lancaster, PA[6] and is married to his wife Kristen, and have three children: Abby, Maggy, and Maddox.[1] They met while Parsons was a member of the Johnstown Chiefs.[1]



  • 2000-01 Joe Burton Award (Scoring Champion)
  • 2001-02 Most Valuable Player
  • 2001-02 Most Valuable Player, Playoffs
  • 2002-03 Most Valuable Player
  • 2002-03 Joe Burton Award
  • 2003-04 Man Of The Year
  • 2004-05 All-CHL Team[9]



  • Most consecutive 40+ goal seasons (4) - 1994-99 (Nashville, Tallahassee, Johnstown, Baton Rouge, Louisiana)[10]


  1. Kingston Native Don Parsons Closing In On Minor League Goal-scoring Record Archived March 29, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
  2. From Goalies To Grinders, The Chiefs Have Seen It All, April 2nd, 2010
  3. Shaun Bill (2008-12-27). "Don Parsons - 678". Pro Hockey Archived from the original on 2011-07-15. Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  4. "BOUCHARD NETS HISTORIC GOAL". IHL Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  5. Douglas Hamm (2009-01-07). "Thunder cut ties with record-holder Don Parsons". Retrieved 2010-06-02.
  6. Kings Retire Parsons's Jersey (March 15, 2010)
  7. "Lebanon Valley picks Parsons". Archived from the original on 14 April 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  8. "Coaching Staff". Retrieved 4 January 2013.
  9. Award Winners Archived 2010-09-18 at the Wayback Machine
  10. Regular Season Individual Records (.pdf) Archived 2007-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
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