Ryan Parent was born March 17, 1987 in Price Albert, Saskatchewan. Selected by the Nashville Predators, 18th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Parent honed his skills with the OHL's Guelph Storm.
A solid all around defenceman, Parent spent four seasons with the Guelph Strom of the OHL where he recorded 56 points in 227 regular season games. After being drafted by the Predators in 2005, he was named to the OHL All-Star Team following a productive 2005-06 season. The following year, Parent led the Storm as their captain into the OHL playoffs and his NHL rights were traded from Nashville to Philadelphia in blockbuster deal that involved Peter Forsberg.
As a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Parent would appear in six games with their AHL affiliate and make his NHL debut with the Flyers in an April 5 game against the New Jersey Devils.
Internationally, Parent played on both Canada's 2006 and 2007 World Jr. Hockey Championship gold-medal winning teams.
On June 19, 2010, Parent was sent to the Nashville Predators in exchange for the rights to pending unrestricted free agent Dan Hamuis. He would not appear in a single game for the Predators however, he was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks prior to the start of the 2009-10 season.