Former Nanook Colton Parayko named Assistant Captain of St. Louis Blues
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Entering his sixth season in the National Hockey League, Colton Parayko has been named an Assistant Captain for the St. Louis Blues. The former University of Alaska Fairbanks defenseman won a Stanley Cup with the organization in 2019, seeing his role increase with each season.
Parayko, a St. Albert, Alberta-native, spent three successful seasons with the NCAA Division I Nanooks from 2012-14, instantly becoming a fan favorite. During his time in Fairbanks, the most recent Nanook-turned-pro collected more than his share of accolades. Parayko was twice named the Western Collegiate Hockey Association’s Defensive Player of the Year, while earning a pair of American Hockey Coaches Association All-America Second Team honors. Skating in 104 games, he collected 17 goals and 49 assists for 66 points on the defensive line. Igniting the Carlson Center Arena for three seasons, Parayko was ready for the pros. The 6-foot-6 defenseman hit the ice running, as he was named a 2015-16 NHL All-Rookie Team member. Following his stellar rookie campaign, Parayko completed his bachelor’s degree in business administration at UAF.
Parayko, 27, has seen an uptick in average time on ice (TOI) each year with the Blues, earning a career-high 23 minutes last season. He has suited up in 386 NHL games, generating 159 points by way of 39 goals and 120 assists. The former UAF Captain was a fundamental piece to St. Louis’ first Stanley Cup title, spending the most minutes on the ice than any other Blue at 188 minutes and 42 seconds. Throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Parayko scored a pair of goals and dished out 10 assists for 12 points. He has scored 10 goals in each of the last two seasons and was 15th in the league in blocked shots (157) in 2018-19.
Since he departure from the UAF campus, the Stanley Cup Champion has since held two Parayko Youth Hockey Camps. At an Alaska Goldpanners baseball game in 2019, Parayko received a proclamation from Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Bryce Ward, recognizing him for his dedication to UAF and the Fairbanks youth.
Ryan O’Reilly was tabbed the Captain of the Blues, while Vladimir Tarasenko, Brayden Schenn and Parayko were named as Assistants. The Blues will have their season-opener January 13 on the road against the Colorado Avalanche.
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