Former NHLer Mark Parrish shares details of his battle with addiction

S. Harper
July 31, 2022  (3:17 PM)

Unfortunately there's a concerning trend of documented cases of NHL players having trouble with drug and or alcohol abuse. Last week former NHL star Bobby Ryan was arrested at Nashville's International Airport where he was arrested by Nashville Police for 'public intoxication'.

Last year, CTV News in Canada shared the heartbreaking story of former Toronto Maple Leafs' defenceman, Ian White. Whit lost everything including his beautiful family due his battle with addiction, which included struggles with both alcohol and prescription pain killers.

Last season Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price also checked himself into an NHLPA substance abuse program last October.

With all of these unfortunate stories coming to light former NHLer, Mark Parrish decided to share his story. The former NHLer battled his addiction with alcohol behind the scene as a player and would continue after his playing career ended. Parish continued to battle as he transitioned to a role as an NHL analyst for the Minnesota Wild.
Parish had his NHL playing career end unfortunately in part due to his abuse of alcohol. Parrish was bought out of the final three years of his five-year, $13.25 million contract with his home-state Minnesota Wild, hastening his downward spiral.
Thankfully Michael Russo of The Athletic revealed the 45-year-old Parrish is doing well and is currently winning his battle with alcoholism and pain killers Parrish would share this on Twitter:
I'm 2 years over today, I'm going to say it again because I can't believe it... I am 2 years over today! I wouldn't have had made it a day without the incredible support of my amazing wife. Nicholle. You are so much more than my best friend and the love of my life. The strength and encouragement you and our little monsters have given me is why I can celebrate today. You guys are my life. My goal everyday is to be the best husband. Father. Son and friend for everyone that has seen me through hell deserves. I love you all very much!

The support from everyone at the Minnesota Wild, New York Islanders, and NHL Network, Bally's, and KFAN has been overwhelming. I have leaned you all whether you realize it or not! A special show out to the Power Trip. You guys know why. No reason to get all sappy. Finally to all my brothers and sisters in recovery. Thank you! Thank you for everything! The fellowship and camaraderie we get from each other is what has got me to this point. One day at a time! It's a simple road map that has got me this far. Now, I'm going to focus on the rest of today and see where it takes me peace and love.

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