There is an updated article on this player here: Brett Parnham
Prior to the 2014-15 season, China Dragon had won just a single game since starting play in the Asia League of Hockey for the 2009-10 season. That one win came in their first season. Over the past four years, China Dragon has failed to win a single game. Things have changed in 2014-15. The team most likely still will not reach the post season. However, Dragon has already won four of 22 games, three in regulation time and one in overtime. A key part of the team’s success is the play of Ontario Hockey League grad Brett Parnham.
Brett played four years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the Sudbury Wolves and Oshawa Generals. He was a 13th overall pick by the Wolves at the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and was traded to the Generals 31 games into his rookie season. In his final year with the Gens, Parnham scored 50 goals.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Parnham saw his first pro action in 2008-09, appearing in seven AHL games with the Rochester Americans. He has played fulltime pro since 2009-10 in the ECHL, Russia’s VHL, Kazakhstan and the ALH. Brett joined China Dragon for the end of 2013-14 after starting the year in the ECHL with the San Francisco Bulls.
This season, Brett has 14 goals and 14 assists for 28 points over the first 21 games. He sits third in goal scoring, two behind the leader and ninth for points. Leading the league, as usual, is another OHL alumnus, Michael Swift.
Not a teammate of Parnham, Swift is in his fifth year in the ALH with Gangwon High1. Michael played five years in the OHL from 2003-04 to 2007-08 with the Mississauga and Niagara IceDogs. He was a tenth round pick at the 2003 OHL Priority Selection, 186th overall. In his final two years, Swift was team captain for the IceDogs. In his final year, he totalled 100 points and was awarded the Leo Lalonde Trophy as the OHL’s top overage player.
Also undrafted to the NHL, Michael played his first pro hockey in 2006-07, appearing in 12 playoff games for the Laredo Bucks of the CHL. Swift has played fulltime pro since 2008-09 in the AHL and ALH. He has played for High1 since 2010-11, scoring 135 goals and assisting on 157 for 292 points over just 139 regular season games. Michael has led the league in goal scoring over the past three years. In 2011-12 and 2012-13 he was the overall scoring champ. Swift played for South Korea at the 2014 IIHF World Championships in the D1a division.
So far in 2014-15, Swift has 15 goals and 23 assists for 38 points over 22 games. He sits second for goals, one behind the leader. He is also second in assists, two behind the leader, while leading the league in overall points. Michael is signed with the club through the 2015-16 season. High1 plays out of Chuncheon, South Korea.
As mentioned, the Dragon have already won four games with the 2014-15 season only half over. Three of the wins came in regulation time and the other was in overtime. The team has been in the ALH since 2009-10 and won a single game that year. From 2010-11 through 2013-14, the team did not win a single game.
China Dragon is based in Shanghai, China. The team plays home games at the Sports Center Pavilion, an 8,000 seat venue that opened in 2008.