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Isles Road Stories: Mark Parrish

Mark Parrish pulled the old switcheroo on Shawn Bates back in the day

by Cory Wright WrightsWay / New York Islanders

Some of the most memorable moments in hockey happen on the road. Pranks, shenanigans and hijinks happen on the road, but else do you expect when you travel with 23 hockey players. bringing you stories from Islanders past and present about life on the road in Isles Road Stories. 


When you're around your teammates 24/7 you have to be on guard 24/7. Shawn Bates learned that the hard way rooming Mark Parrish. In honor of being in Minnesota, Parrish - a Bloomington, MN native - tells the story of pranking his roommate in a Toronto hotel. 

"We were in Toronto and Shawn Bates was my roommate. I'm not going to say who helped me out - Brad Isbister and Dave Scatchard - and we thought it would be a good idea when we came back after dinner that we would flip his box spring and mattress. 

Literally flip it over. So not just the boxspring, but the 2 by 4s as well. 

I was laying in bed with the TV on and Batesy came in. I thought he'd just sit down, but he literally just dove head first into that bed. 

I didn't expect that, but he dove head first into that bed and just drilled a bunch of 2 by 4s. I actually felt bad; I think I was the only one who felt bad."


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