Goalie Parker Milner Retires; Becomes Food Editor

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Posted June 18, 2020

(Caps Outsider)

South Carolina Stingrays goaltender Parker Milner announced his retirement in an article in the Charleston City Paper, in which he was named the best local athlete. He also found a new gig: The cuisine editor for the Charleston City Paper.

Milner, 29, has spent the last four seasons with the Stingrays while also appearing in 15 games for the Hershey Bears. In the AHL, Milner went 7-7-1 while recording one shutout. With the Stingrays, Milner was a star.

In the 2017-2018 season, he was named ECHL goaltender of the year after going going 28-7-3 with a league-leading 1.86 goals-against average. He had a save percentage of .929 and recorded three shutouts.

Milner played professionally for seven years. He played for the Stockton Thunder, Quad City Mallards and Missouri Mavericks in the ECHL and had stints with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Iowa Wild in the AHL before his arrival in Charleston. Millner played four years at Boston College amassing a 64-20-5 record for the Eagles while playing in 93 games. He had six collegiate shutouts.

“I started playing hockey 25 years ago, and since, it’s taken me all over the world. From Boston to California to Australia, I’ve truly been everywhere, but I made my final and most important stop in 2016,” Milner said in The Charleston City Paper. “Coming to Charleston completely changed my life, and my time with the Stingrays allowed me to play the game I love in a place that immediately felt like home.

“I would be hard pressed to sum up my time with the Stingrays in anything less than a short nonfiction, but thinking back to each game I played this season, I remember the rare feeling that comes with athletic competition. You’re so fully in the moment that all other concerns are pushed aside. This season, the 25 teammates I shared these moments with made each win, loss, save and goal that much more memorable.

“My four years with the South Carolina Stingrays and hockey career as a whole were truly a dream come true.”