Parrish earns spot on All-Star team |

Parrish earns spot on All-Star team

Leah Moriarty Special to the Aspen TimesAspen High School goalkeeper Alex Parrish, who is a senior at Glenwood Springs High School, waves to the crowd after a game he played for the Skiers last month.

Alex Parrish is sure glad he made the decision he did when it came to playing hockey. Now, it’s paying dividends.

The Glenwood Springs High School senior has enjoyed a stellar high school hockey career as a goalkeeper for both the Aspen Skiers and Grizzlies club hockey team in Glenwood.

And the workload he withstood doing both for a time earned him a spot on the roster of the Colorado High School Coaches Association All-Star Game, scheduled to be played Sunday afternoon at the Pepsi Center in Denver prior to the game between the San Jose Sharks and the Colorado Avalanche.

“He has had a stellar high school career,” said Gary Parrish, Alex’s father. “He’s lucky to have had such a great group of coaches while he’s been playing.”

Alex Parrish has more than held his own in net for the Skiers, who finished the season 11-8-0. According to statistics posted by, the Glenwood senior has 395 saves and a 90 percent save percentage during his games in net. His 11 wins in net is ranked third in the state among prep hockey players in Colorado.

The workload he had in net this season, however, is minuscule compared to what he did as a sophomore when he played for Aspen and the Grizzlies. So after he figured out how mentally and physically drained he was following that season, he opted to play his junior year on the Grizzlies’ club team before finishing his prep career in Aspen.

Colorado high school hockey has two conferences: a Foothills Conference and Peak Conference. Parrish will play on the 23-player Foothills Conference roster against the players in the Peak Conference.

And with that game, the Aspen goalie will get to play on the same ice rink some of his heroes played on.

“Back when he was 6 and started playing, he got to go on the ice with a pee wee team,” Alex’s father said. “He loved it, and now he gets to go back for the first time since then and play there.”

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