I have always been a big Scott Parse supporter. He has sniper abilities that were only beginning to bear fruit when his hips went to hell two seasons in a row. Sadly, I just don’t see how the Kings re-sign him at this point, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he will be able to fill the net for someone else, provided his health holds up.
(in a related note, there was once a picture on the internets of Parse on the bench with someone behind the glass holding up a poster with a thought bubble with the Stanley Cup inside it. It was a great picture. I can’t find it. If any of you come upon it, I will be your best friend if you drop me a line.)
Scott Parse can’t wait to wrap his arms around the Stanley Cup again. The former Tri-City Storm and University of Nebraska at Omaha hockey player, who has been on the Los Angeles Kings’ roster the past three years, hoisted the trophy after his team defeated New Jersey in the NHL finals earlier this month. It’s heavier than you’d think, he said.
“You play your whole life and you think about winning the Stanley Cup,” he said. “I got a chance to hold it, in my uniform. It was just a special feeling.”
Parse has played just 14 games the past two seasons because of surgeries on both hips. But the 5-foot-11 left winger and some of his teammates watching from the stands climbed into their equipment and joined the celebration. It lasted for another week as the Kings showed off the trophy in bars and restaurants across California. “We went to the beach one day with it,” he said. [...] “I would take it back home to where I grew up in Portage, Michigan,” he said.
Parse is spending the summer in Los Angeles working out. He’s recovered from his latest surgery to clean up some wear and tear on his hip, and is working to build up the muscles in the area. He said the sockets in both hips aren’t formed well, which has worn down the cartilage.
He started practicing with the team at the end of the regular season and through the first two rounds of the playoffs. But his hip became sore, so he was shut down for the rest of the season. “I feel real good now,” he said. “Hopefully I’ll get a shot next year to play.”
After five years in the pros, the first two in Manchester, N.H., Parse will become a free agent July 1. He’s not sure what will happen with the Kings, but he’s hoping the fact that he signed a two-year pact with them two years ago means they had big plans for him before he was hurt.
[...] He’s loved living on the West Coast, where he’s been joined by girlfriend, former UNO soccer player Whitney Frantzen. The weather is great, and he lives just a few blocks from the beach, where they spend a lot of their time. “It doesn’t get much better than that,” he said.
Parse didn’t miss a minute [watching the Kings] in the playoffs. “It was fun just to be part of it, even though I didn’t play,” he said. ”Just to see everything that went on is something that might never happen again. I’m also really happy for all the guys on the team.”
Good luck, Scooter. I will be a fan of whatever team you end up on. And that goal when you flew through the air was a classic. Maybe I’ll dig that up on YouTube. Or you’ll have to do it again.