Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Former Islander Greg Parks passed away
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