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Tyler Parsons' entrance into the Ontario Hockey League was a rather understated affair.
Signing on with the London Knights as an undrafted free agent back in the spring of 2014, not much was known about the Chesterfield, Mi., product other than that he had spent the previous three seasons with the Little Caesars program in the High Performance Hockey League.
Fast forward three years later and Parsons has captured the Memorial Cup, was tabbed as the 2016 Memorial Cup Most Outstanding Goaltender, was named to the 2016 Memorial Cup All-Star Team, won the 2016 OHL Championship, helped the Knights land the Dave Pinkey Trophy for the OHL's lowest team GAA in 2015-16, and won gold with the USA at the IIHF World Junior Championship.
Oh, and he was drafted by the Flames, going 54th overall in 2016, and signed a three-year entry-level contract with the club.
Not too shabby for a three-year junior career.
And given his steady development from the time entered the OHL, it appears the sky is limited for the athletic netminder.
In his first season in London, he put together a 15-10-2 record with a 3.53 GAA and a .905 save percentage. He also got into eight playoff games in his rookie season, going 4-3-0 with a 3.30 GAA and a .917 save percentage.
He followed that up with a huge 2015-16 campaign and ultimately led the Knights to their Memorial Cup victory. In the regular season, he cobbled together a 37-9-3 record with a 2.33 GAA and a .921 save percentage. In the postseason, on route to winning the OHL Championship, he had a 16-1-1 record with a 2.15 GAA and a .925 save percentage. At the Memorial Cup? Four wins, a 1.78 GAA and a .942 save percentage.
Heading into the 2016-17 season, expectations were understandably high and Parsons more than delivered. While injuries and a stint at the World Juniors limited him to 34 regular season games, he went 23-6-5 and held a 2.37 GAA with a .925 save percentage. In the playoffs, he carried the Knights through to the second round, facing a whooping 503 shots in 14 games. He pieced together a 7-4-3 postseason record with a 2.69 GAA and a .922 save percentage.
Parsons also can be credited for winning the Americans gold at the World Juniors thanks to his incredible play over five games. In the gold medal match-up against the Canadians, he made 44 saves and stopped all five shooters in the 5-4 shootout win.