Ryan Parent to be inducted into Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame
Tim Brody - Editor
The Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame will welcome in their 40th Class of Inductees at the 2023 Induction Dinner and Ceremonies on Sept. 30 in Thunder Bay and a Sioux Lookout product is one of the athletes who will be honoured.
Ryan Parent will join Red Rock golfer Bill Seagris and three Thunder Bay builders in being honoured, including long-time multi-sport volunteer Peter Gallagher, hockey coach Jamie Kompon and media personality Peter Young who got his start in sports broadcasting at the Lakehead. Rounding out the slate are the members of the 2010 Thunder Bay Queens Midget AA Hockey team who claimed the Esso Cup as Canadian champions.
“Ryan Parent developed his hockey skills growing up in Sioux Lookout, going on to play with the Thunder Bay Kings,” the Northwestern Ontario Sports Hall of Fame shared.
“Selected as a first round draft pick of the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League, he made it to the Memorial Cup finals in his first season. Serving as captain of multiple Canadian national teams he earned a silver medal at the 2005 World U-18 Championships and back-to-back gold medals at the 2006 and 2007 World Juniors U-20 (IIHF). Selected by the Nashville Predators as their first round pick, he went 18th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft spending the majority of his five-season, 106 game NHL career with the Philadelphia Flyers advancing to the playoffs in 2008, ’09 and ’10. Retiring from his professional playing career in the AHL in 2016 he went on to serve as an assistant coach in the AHL with the Binghamton Devils and Utica Comets.”