The Oil Capitals continue to work on extending their US Scouting Network. Geno Parrish, has come on to be a scout in Minnesota and the Midwest US region for the organization. Parrish brings a lot of networks and experience to the organization in a hockey “hotbed” area in the Twin Cities area. Parrish’s son, Weiland, played in Winkler last season as a 20-year old, and has experience of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League as well.
Parrish would make St. Cloud State Division 1 hockey program as a walk-on. Geno would go onto play the better part of 8 years of Pro Hockey in North America and Germany. Today he is a hockey instructor and advisor and helps young players get to the next level.
“Geno is a great hockey mind. Obviously he comes from a hockey rich background, with his brother Mark being an NHL Star. Geno lives and breathes the game and has strong passion for the game, and he exudes that in his every day life. We think Geno will be a valuable asset for us in helping appeal to players looking for options, other than playing in leagues such as the NAHL and other top junior leagues. With Geno and Bryn, we have a great tandem covering the upper US for our team. We couldn’t be happier with our staff across in the US.” Added, Jamie Hodson, Director of Business and Hockey Operations for the Oil Capitals.
Update: Bryn Chyzyk, who grew up in Virden, spent two seasons with the Virden Golden Bears before playing a season with the Southwest Cougars. From there, he moved on to the Dauphin Kings where he was the MJHL rookie of the year. He then played one season with the Fargo Force of the USHL before accepting a scholarship to the University of North Dakota. Chyzyk played at UND for four seasons and in his senior year, helped the club win its eighth national championship. While at UND, he earned a degree in business management. From there, he split one season between the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs and the ECHL’s Indy Fuel before being forced to retire due to concussions.
Now Chyzyk lives in Grand Forks, N.D., attending UND’s School of Law with hopes of pursuing a career in sports law/management.