The Spruce Grove Saints are proud to announce that 1997 born forward Austin Parmiter has committed to play for the Grant MacEwan Griffins for the 2018-2019 season. Parmiter will suit up for the Griffins hockey club that competes in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference(ACAC) and are back to back league champions (2016-2017, 2017-2018).
The Edmonton, Alberta product becomes a Griffin after spending 2 seasons in Spruce Grove. In 52 games with the Saints this season, Parmiter recorded his best season in junior by a landslide registering, 16 goals, 23 assists and 68 penalty minutes. As the players began and the team set its sights on a 5th AJHL championship Parmiter again raised his offensive output tallying 4 goals and 9 assists in 13 playoff games.
Head Coach Bram Stephen was thrilled to see his player join his former team to continue his academic/athletic career.
“It is so satisfying to see a player like Austin move on to a quality ACAC team like MacEwan. The improvement Austin made over the summer and into this season as a 20-year-old was extremely impressive. He reinvented his game to become a go to offensive player and leader on the Saints.” Stephen continued. “You need players like Parms (Parmiter) as coach to set the bar all season for the younger players. I am thankful for his service here and look forward to following in his next step.”
Before joining the Saints midway through the 2016-2017 season Parmiter skated for 2 seasons in Grand Prairie. In 82 games played Austin compiled 7 goals, 10 assists and 102 pims completing his AJHL career with totals of 24 goals, 35 assists, and 208 penalty minutes in 157 games.
The 6’ft , 203-pound forward is looking forward to pursuing another championship with MacEwan while receiving a university education. “With the recent success and winning culture that MacEwan has, combined with the opportunity to attend a great university while staying close to home was something I couldn’t pass up.” Parmiter exclaimed. “Being able to win a championship in Spruce Grove and putting on the Saints jersey is something I will never forget. I can’t thank the Saints organization enough for the opportunity and belief they showed in me. They helped me grow a lot as a player and person and I thank them a lot for helping me acheive my goal of securing a scholarship."
GM Rob Sklaruk was glowing when asked about his thoughts on Parmiter.
“Austin Parmiter is one of the best stories of the season for me. He just got better and better as the season wore on, cementing himself as pivotal player and leader in our line up. With out players like Austin stepping up, it makes it a lot harder, if not impossible to win championships.” Sklaruk continued. “We are so proud of Parms, not only is he a great hockey player, but a great kid, who exemplifies what it takes and means to be a Saint. We congratulate him on his successes this year and wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
Parmiter joins Jordan Biro (Denver Univeristy), Brad Forrest (York University), Chris Van OS-Shaw (Alaska- Anchorage), TJ Lloyd (Bowling Green), Chase Olsen (Merrimack) and Parker Saretsky (Michigan Tech) as the seventh Saint to obtain a scholarship this season and ninth Saint with an NCAA Division I, USPORTS or ACAC scholarship this season.
The Saints organization would like to congratulate the Parmiter family and Austin on his great accomplishment.
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