The Binghamton Devils have named a new assistant coach to Mark Dennehy’s staff.
Ryan Parent will join the American Hockey League club along with fellow assistant Sergei Brylin to finalize Binghamton’s coaching staff for 2018-19.
Parent, 31-years-old, was a first round pick of the Nashville Predators in 2005, going 18th overall that year according to the Devils’ press release. He played in the NHL over 106 games between 2006-07 and 2010-11 with the Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers, the majority with Philly. He totaled one goal and six assists for seven career NHL points. The former blueliner also played in 27 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
The AHL was where he made his bones. He played in 251 American League contests with the Philadelphia Phantoms, Manitoba Moose, Chicago Wolves, Milwaukee Admirals and Norfolk Admirals between 2006-07 and 2012-13. The press release mentions that he last played in 2015-16 with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
In the AHL, he totaled four goals, 24 assists for 28 points and 261 penalty minutes. He appeared in 31 Calder Cup Playoff contests.
Prior to his pro career, Parent won gold medals at the 2006 and 2007 World Juniors with Canada. The native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan played for the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League where he won an OHL championship in 2003-04 according to the press release.
His prior coaching experience comes during his playing career. He was head coach and general manager of the Lloydminster Bobcats of the AJHL in 2012-13 (Ty Smith’s hometown team) and head coach of the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL in 2011-12.
New Jersey assistant GM/Binghamton GM Tom Fitzgerald had this to say about Parent: “Ryan’s playing career will provide invaluable experience as he takes the next step to transition to coaching. He will be able to relate to all the players he will have to coach at this level – draft picks looking to establish themselves, young players looking to learn good habits and players who know what it takes to make it to the NHL.”