Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jeff Parker
Jeff Parker played his youth hockey in the fertile environment of Minnesota. On his way up, he appeared to be a solid professional prospect as early as his days in high school. He was drafted 111th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in 1982 Entry Draft. At age 18, however, he elected to attend university first before contemplating a career with the pros.

From 1983 to 1986, the right winger studied by day and skated for the Michigan State Spartans of the CCHA at night. In his final season, he became a solid scorer and was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team.

In 1986-87, Parker turned pro with the Buffalo Sabres. His role at the NHL level, however, was much more defensive in orientation than during his college days. Throughout the five seasons that followed, he struggled to win ice time with the Sabres on a consistent basis. Each year, he spent at least part of his season with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. It wasn't until 1989-90 that he earned his one and only complete campaign in the NHL. During that time, he struggled offensively as a fourth-line winger with a limited mandate to fill in gaps wherever needed.

In 1990, Parker was traded to the Winnipeg Jets. Shortly thereafter, he signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins who then traded him to the Hartford Whalers in March of 1991. In Connecticut, the well-traveled winger appeared in only four contests before deciding to hang his blades up for good.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 White Bear Lake Bears High-MN 28 14 14 28
1983-84 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 44 8 13 21 82
1984-85 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 42 10 12 22 89
1985-86 Michigan State Spartans CCHA 41 15 20 35 88
1986-87 Buffalo Sabres NHL 15 3 3 6 7 +1
1986-87 Rochester Americans AHL 54 14 8 22 75 14 1 3 4 19
1987-88 Buffalo Sabres NHL 4 0 2 2 2 -1
1987-88 Rochester Americans AHL 34 13 31 44 69 2 1 1 2 0
1988-89 Buffalo Sabres NHL 57 9 9 18 82 +3 5 0 0 0 26
1988-89 Rochester Americans AHL 6 2 4 6 9
1989-90 Buffalo Sabres NHL 61 4 5 9 70 -9
1990-91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 11 1 7 8 13
1990-91 Hartford Whalers NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -2
NHL Totals 141 16 19 35 163 5 0 0 0 26


NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team (1986) Traded to Winnipeg by Buffalo with Phil Housley, Scott Arneil and Buffalo's 1st round choice (Keith Tkachuk) in 1990 Entry Draft for Dale Hawerchuk and Winnipeg's 1st round choice (Brad May) in 1990 Entry Draft, June 16, 1990. Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, February 5, 1991. Traded to Harford by Pittsburgh with John Cullen and Zarley Zalapski for Ron Francis, Grant Jennings and Ulf Samuelsson, March 4, 1991.