All-Time Scoring Leader Rewarded With Pink Slip

Congratulations, Don Parsons, you just set the minor league hockey scoring record! What are you going to do next? I’m going to the unemployment office.

Don Parsons

Parsons, with the IHL’s Bloomington PrairieThunder, scored his 678th goal in 17 minor league seasons, then 10 days later received his reward: a big fat pink slip. Is he pissed? What do you think?

“I think it’s kind of crappy that they waited until I broke the record,” he said. “I feel they used a lot of the publicity for themselves, naturally. Then 10 days after I broke it, they break this news to me. A little disappointing that way.

“I felt like I was betrayed a little bit, especially just not getting a warning,” Parsons said. “I think I deserved a warning in the weeks beforehand and [PrairieThunder coach Jarrod Skalde]  saying, ‘You’re not playing up to par,’ or whatever else he was thinking about. That hurts more than the fact he did it.

“I’m definitely not going to walk around and say bad things about him, but I’m not going to call him up and ask him to go on vacation with me.”


“I don’t want to diminish the importance of Don Parsons or to point a finger and say it’s him,” said Skalde. “But I just felt like a top guy on our team is supposed to be a top guy every night. Don would have tremendous games, but—and I don’t know whether it was age—I just felt there were other games that I needed more out of him for us to succeed.”

Jer-ry! Jer-ry! Jer-ry!

It would be one thing if Parsons were a washed up old man hanging on to get a record. But he was a captain and player-assistant coach, and was second in the International Hockey League with 21 goals.


“If anyone calls who has any opportunities for me, give them my number,” he said.