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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Former Islander Greg Parks passed away

Parks played in 23 regular season games and 2 playoff games for the Isles -- his only NHL games.  It was Parks who replaced Pierre Turgeon in the lineup after Dale Hunter mauled Turgeon.  Parks played the first two games of the 1993 Patrick Division Final against Pittsburgh.

Parks is on a relatively short list of Islanders who scored in their first NHL game, scoring vs. Winnipeg on October 16, 1990; it was his only NHL goal.  Mark Herrmann noted in Newsday the next day: "Greg Parks, the center who probably is exaggerating when he claims he is 5-8, 175 pounds, scored a goal in his NHL debut."

After leaving the Islanders, Parks played for Canada in the 1994 Olympic Team -- Canada lost to Sweden in the Gold Medal Game using the now dreaded "game winning shots".  Peter Forsberg got himself, and Canada's Corey Hirsch on a postage stamp, after scoring the winning goal in the shootout.

Parks, who is also the all-time leading scorer in Capital District Islanders history, played all through Europe and Asia (Japan) as well -  details here: Greg Parks
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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