Rich Parent was born January 12, 1973 in Montreal, Quebec. A graduate of the Alberta Junior Hockey League's Fort McMurray Oil Barons, Parent was a member of the British Columbia Junior Hockey League's Vernon Lakers during the 1991-92 season before joining Fort McMurray after only two games in Vernon.
In 1992-93 the Montreal, Quebec native joined the Western Hockey League's Spokane Chiefs before returning to Fort McMurray the following year. Following his final year of junior eligibility Parent signed as a free agent with the Colonial Hockey League's Muskegon Fury where he spent the better part of two seasons capturing ColHL First Team All-Star honors and being named ColHL's Outstanding Goaltender in 1996.
Even though he spent the majority of the 1995-96 season in Muskegon, Parent suited up for two games with the American Hockey League's Rochester Americans and 26 games with the International Hockey League's Detroit Vipers.
After finishing the regular season and playoffs with the Vipers the previous year, Parent was a mainstay in goal for the Vipers in 1996-97, sharing the James Norris Memorial Trophy for the fewest goals against in the IHL with teammate Jeff Reese and leading Detroit to the Turner Cup championship.
Following a Turner Cup win with the Vipers in 1997, the St. Louis Blues signed Parent as a free agent in the summer of 1997. Parent went on to spend the better part of the 1997-98 season with IHL's Manitoba Moose while playing in only one game with the Blues before ending the season back with the Vipers in Detroit.
In 1998-99 Parent split his season with the Blues and their AHL affiliate in Worcester before being dealt to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through the 99-2000 season. Prior to being dealt to the Lightning, Parent had split his time between the IHL's Utah Grizzlies and the Vipers.
Once in Tampa Bay, Parent played in ten games before joining the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins prior to the 2000-01 season. Parent played in 35 games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while suiting up for seven games with the parent club in Pittsburgh.
After only one season in the Penguins organization, Parent headed overseas and is currently a member of the Iserlohn Roosters of the Bundesliaga/Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany.