Updated February 14, 2018
No sooner had we published this article on Mavric Parks that he was sent back to the Birmingham Bulls. However, today he was brought back up to the ECHL, this time with the Kansas City Mavericks.
He bounced around the league during his four years in the Ontario Hockey League but Mavric Parks was often great between the pipes. He led the league in goals against average and save percentage in 2009-10 while playing for two teams. In 2010-11, he helped the Saginaw Spirit to their second franchise playoff series win, something they have done just three times since coming from North Bay, Ontario for 2002-03.
Parks started out 2017-18 with the Birmingham Bulls in the SPHL. On January 31, 2018, he was picked up by the Orlando Solar Bears and is currently in a backup role with the ECHL team. He is joined on the roster by six other OHL alumni and, head coach Drake Berehowsky both played and coached in the league.
Mavric Parks played four years in the Ontario Hockey League from 2007-08 to 2010-11. He had two stints with the Kitchener Rangers and also played for the Kingston Frontenacs, Barrie Colts and Saginaw Spirit. The Rangers drafted him in the fifth round of the 2006 OHL Priority Selection, 98th overall.
Of his several trades, none turned out to be more interesting than the September 8, 2010 deal that sent him to the Spirit from the Colts. Going in the other direction was Mark Scheifele and a 2nd round pick. At the time, Scheifele, now a star in the NHL, had yet to play his first game in the OHL. I would say that trade was won by Barrie…
In 2009-10, Mavric split him time between the Rangers and Colts. He played a combined 33 games and led the OHL with a 2.32 goals against average and .930 save percentage.
With Saginaw in 2010-11, Parks played in 50 games, recording a 2.94 GAA and .914 save percentage. The Spirit finished second in the Western Conference and were looking to go deep in the playoffs. They won their first round series, just the second time the team had won a series since relocating from North Bay for 2002-03. They have only won one other since. Saginaw fell in the second round. Parks played in 12 playoff games, putting up a less than spectacular 4.22 GAA and .879 save percentage.
Undrafted to the National Hockey League, Parks spent the next five years with the University of Prince Edward Island from 2011-12 to 2015-16. His first pro action came at the end of that 2015-16 season when he appeared in three ECHL games with the Adirondack Thunder. The numbers were there with a 1.72 GAA and .917 save percentage.
2016-17 was entirely spent in the SPHL. He started on the roster of the Knoxville Ice Bears but before appearing in a single game, he was shipped to the Columbus Cottonmouths. With that team, Mavric played in 12 regular season and three playoff games.
This year, 2017-18, Parks started out in the SPHL with the Birmingham Bulls. In 27 games, he put up a 3.17 GAA and .914 save percentage. He signed with the Orlando Solar Bears in the ECHL on January 31, 2018 and is still waiting to see his first game action.
Orlando Solar Bears
The franchise has existed since the 2012-13 season and plays home games at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, a 17,200 seat venue that was opened in 2010. Currently, the Solar Bears sit in fourth position in the South Division and in ninth in the Eastern Conference after 47 games. The club is affiliated with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Marlies. An earlier version of the Orlando Solar Bears competed in the IHL from 1995-96 to 2000-01.
Six other Ontario Hockey League grads are also on the roster, including Alex Gudbranson, Jeff King, Darryl Bootland, Jean Dupuy, Kale Karbashian and J.J. Piccinich. Head coach Drake Berehowsky played four years in the OHL from 1988-89 to 1991-92 with the Kingston Raiders/Frontenacs and the North Bay Centennials. He was assistant coach with the Barrie Colts in 2007-08 and 2008-09, along with assistant coach with the Sudbury Wolves in 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Alex Gudbranson played four years in the OHL from 2010-11 to 2013-14 with the Kingston Frontenacs and Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Jeff King played four years with the Sarnia Sting from 2013-14 to 2016-17. Darryl Bootland played four years in the OHL from 1998-99 to 2001-02 with the Barrie Colts and Toronto Majors. Jean Dupuy played four years from 2011-12 to 2014-15 with the Frontenacs and Greyhounds. Kale Kerbashian played five years from 2006-07 to 2010-11 with the London Knights, Mississauga Majors and Sarnia Sting. J.J. Piccinich played two years with the Knights, 2015-16 and 2016-17.
Mavric Parks OHL Stats