(Photo courtesy Connecticut Roughriders)
NORWALK, Conn. – Mitchell Parsons was one of the North Iowa Bulls’ most recognizable faces on and off the ice during the previous two seasons, and his leadership earned him the captain’s designation during the 2016-17 season. He’s now a member of the Eastern Hockey League’s Connecticut Roughriders, and he’ll be staying in the northeast next year.
Parsons announced his commitment earlier this week to the State University of New York at Brockport, and will join the Golden Eagles for the 2018-19 season. He becomes the 61st former North Iowa Bulls player to earn a slot on a college roster, and the first former Bull to commit to SUNY-Brockport.
The Grandville, Michigan native was a key factor in the Bulls’ 2015-16 run to the Silver Cup national championship, and the team’s return to the national tournament a year ago, with 64 points in 87 regular-season and postseason games for North Iowa.
This year, his game has shifted into a new gear, with 54 points, including 28 goals, in 34 EHL games. He’ll head into the upcoming weekend with the Roughriders among the EHL’s top nine scorers.
“Mitch is a complete player playing at 100% capacity and all zones on a daily basis,” said Connecticut head coach Eric Lind. “He is extremely effective on special teams and is a team leader both on and off the ice. He elevates the team to work at higher level of play by leading by example.”
SUNY-Brockport has had a solid season of its own, at 11-10-1 heading into the final two weekends of its regular season. Parsons will play for Brian Dickinson, the longest-tenured coach in the program’s history, with 170 wins to his credit since taking over the program in 1996.
The North Iowa Bulls thank Mitchell Parsons for his two years of service with the team and congratulate him on his commitment to SUNY-Brockport, with best wishes for the future.