This past week, we featured a pair of OHL grads playing in the Asia League of Hockey (Chad Wiseman and Eric Regan) – see article here: Asia League Hockey. Since, two more OHL grads have committed to the ALH for the upcoming 2014-15 season. Ric Jackman returns to the league after a year in Austria’s EBEL. Brett Parnham has signed on for another year with China Dragon.
Jackman played three years in the Ontario Hockey League from 1995-96 to 1997-98 with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. Ric was a second round pick by the Greyhounds at the 1995 OHL Priority Selection, 19th overall. The following year, he was the fifth overall pick at the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Dallas Stars. It was a bit of a weak draft that saw Chris Phillips get taken first overall by the Ottawa Senators.
Ric played his first pro hockey at the end of the 1997-98 season, after Sault Ste. Marie was eliminated from playoff contention. He appeared in 14 regular season and four playoff games with the Michigan K-Wings of the IHL. Jackman has played full-time pro hockey since 1999-00 in the NHL, IHL, AHL, ECHL, Sweden’s Allsvenskan, Austria’s EBEL, Switzerland’s NLA, Slovakia’s Extraliga and the ALH.
Between 1999-00 and 2006-07, Ric played 231 regular season games in the National Hockey League with the Stars, Boston Bruins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Pittsburgh Penguins, Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks. He appeared in seven playoff games in 2006-07 as the Ducks captured the Stanley Cup championship.
Jackman previously played in the ALH with Anyang Halla in 2011-12 and 2012-13. In 2012-13, Ric was the league’s top scoring defenseman. This past season, he played for Székesfehérvár in the EBEL. He is signed with the Nippon Paper Cranes for the 2014-15 season.
There is an updated article on this player here: Brett Parnham
Parnham played four years in the OHL from 2005-06 to 2008-09 with the Sudbury Wolves and Oshawa Generals. Brett was the 13th overall pick by Sudbury at the 2005 OHL Priority Selection and was traded to Oshawa 31 games into his first season in the league. Parnham was a 50 goal scorer with the Generals in 2008-09.
Brett played his first pro hockey ast the end of the 2008-09 season in the form of seven games with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League. He has been full-time since 2009-10 in the AHL, ECHL, Russia’s VHL, Kazakhstan’s Tier 1 and the ALH.
He joined the dreadful China Dragon during the 2013-14 season after starting the year with the San Francisco Bulls of the ECHL.
China Dragon plays out of Shanghai. The team has played in the ALH since 2009-10. That year, the Dragon won their only game and have gone on an amazing winless streak since. However, this is an interesting team to watch for 2014-15. Not only have they re-signed Parnham but they have also signed goaltender Alex Westlund, a 38 year old with a lengthy pro resume. Westlund is a product of Yale in the NCAA. Could this be the year that the franchise breaks the spell and actually wins a game?