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Blake Parlett is leaving the American Hockey League behind, 16 games shy of 300 in his career, and heading to the KHL for 2015-16, by way of Croatia. Parlett will play for Medvescak Zagreb, a team that currently has three other OHL alumni on the roster, including two other defensemen.
Parlett played five years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2005-06 to 2009-10 with the Barrie Colts, Windsor Spitfires and Mississauga Majors. Blake was a first round pick by the Colts at the 2005 OHL Priority Selection, 15th overall.
No stranger to the trade deadline, Parlett was shipped from Barrie to Windsor at the deadline in 2006-07 and from the Spits to the Majors the following year. His final two years were played exclusively with the Mississauga.
In his final season, 2009-10, all three of his teams played a role in the OHL’s final four. The Majors lost to the Colts in the Eastern Conference final. The Colts then went on to lose to the Spitfires in the finals. Blake was the fourth leading scorer on the Majors and the top scoring blue liner.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Parlett signed as a free agent with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack in July, 2010. The New York Rangers organization signed him to a two year entry level contract in June, 2011. He was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets system in April, 2013 and then traded to the Boston Bruins organization in February, 2014. Blake signed as a free agent with the Florida Panthers in July, 2014.
He has played pro hockey since 2010-11 in the AHL and ECHL. Over 284 regular season games in the American Hockey League, Parlett has scored 27 and assisted on 80 for 107 points. 2014-15 was spent with the San Antonio Rampage where he contributed 26 points over 67 regular season games.
The Rampage were coached by another OHL grad, Tom Rowe. Rowe played for the London Knights from 1973-74 to 1975-76. San Antonio had a great regular season, finishing third in the 15 team Western Conference. However, the Rampage were swept in the opening round by the sixth seed Oklahoma City Barons.
Blake Parlett has signed for one year with Medvescak Zagreb. The team sees a sign in the fact that Parlett’s Grandmother was born in Croatia.
Currently on the roster for 2015-16 are three other OHL grads. Mark Flood played with the Peterborough Petes from 2001-02 to 2004-05. Mark Katic played with the Sarnia Sting from 2005-06 to 2008-09. Marek Kvapil played the 2004-05 season with the Saginaw Spirit. Both Flood and Katic will join Parlett on the blue line.
The hockey team has roots back to 1961. For the 2013-14 season, Zagreb joined the KHL after previously competing in the Austrian based Erste Bank Eishockey Liga (EBEL). Medvescak Zagreb play home games at the Dom Sportova, a 6,500 seat venue that opened in 1972.
In 2014-15, Zagreb finished near the basement, 13th in the 14 team Western Conference. The team did not qualify for the post season. Previously, the teams in the KHL that did not qualify for the Gagarin Cup playoffs competed in a consolation tournament for the Nadezhda Cup. However, due to financial hardship in Russia, that tournament was cancelled for 2014-15.