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Tom Parisi describes playing in Montreal's farm system as 'toxic'

14 décembre 2019
Tom Parisi walked away from hockey after playing for the Montreal Canadiens' AHL affiliates after the 2017-18 season. He likely could have signed elsewhere but decided to leave and begin a job as an investment banker. In a new interview with the Post and Courier, the now 26-year-old says he hated it in Montreal's farm system.
“It was a brutal two years. We had two guys on the team that had two years left on their entry-level deals that quit. They walked away and left about $250,000 on the table. That’s how toxic it was.”
Parisi was never drafted, instead signing an entry-level contract with the Habs out of the college hockey system in the U.S. It was there that he had earned a finance degree and says the experience with the St. John's IceCaps and Laval Rocket had soured his childhood dream so much that he left the sport entirely.
“I was playing top-two minutes every night and knew I was close. My partner got called up, but I didn’t for whatever reason.”

“I didn’t want to be in my 30s and wonder what might have happened had I come back and tried to play again. I didn’t want to leave the game with any regrets. The grind of those last two years had gotten to me and I think I just needed to refocus and recharge my batteries. I knew I had something left in the tank.”
After not playing at all in 2018-19 and focusing entirely on his banking career, Parisi is now playing for the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. He has five goals and 14 points in 19 games. He's also been loaned to the Belleville Senators of the AHL for a two-game stint where he managed two assists.
“The two months I’ve spent here were so much better than the two years I was with Montreal. It was a struggle to go to the rink those two years and now I can’t wait to get here every day. It has been a tremendous experience. The coaching staff put a lot of faith in me. I hadn’t played in a year, so they didn’t know what to expect. I’m just thankful they have given me this opportunity.”

“I thought I played pretty well and I got some good feedback. I didn’t think it would happen that quickly. Now, it’s a matter of getting another opportunity. But if it doesn’t happen, I won’t worry about it because I’m having such a great time down here playing on a great team with a locker room filled with good guys.”


Source: Post and Courier
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