By Ross Forman – It’s no coincidence that junior Kevin Parham, a 2-year varsity goalie for co-op North Stars Hockey Club, sports uniform No. 33: his all-time favorite goalie is Patrick Roy.
Roy was, arguably, the greatest goaltender in NHL history, a 2006 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame. And Roy’s number 33 jersey is retired by both the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.
“My style of play is agile and quick on the ice. I excel in scramble situations and in up close situations,” said Parham, 16, who lives in Chicago and attends Nazareth Academy. The North Stars are a mix of players from Nazareth, Riverside-Brookfield, IC Catholic Prep and St. Laurence.
Parham played his youth hockey for the Hawks and the Bruins – and he credits his parents for the “huge role” they have played in his career. “They supported me in all of my triumphs and faults on the ice,” he said.
Such as, winning a tournament championship with his Bruins team before joining the high school ranks.
“I bring a competitive drive and being a humble and respectable player on the ice,” he said.
Parham is still undecided on his college plans, but he wants to stay in the Midwest and, hopefully, continue to play hockey.
“In 10 years, I will tell my friends that this season was both one of perseverance and adversity,” said Parham, who also participated in cross-country and lacrosse.
Stopping Slapshots With … North Stars Goalie Kevin Parham
Favorite Subject In School: History
Least Favorite Subject In School: Science
Helping His Hockey: “Running for cross-country during that season and the off-season helps with my endurance and conditioning, and I occasionally train when I do not have practice or a game.”
Little-Known Fact: “I like to cook in my free time.”
Favorite NHL Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Favorite NHL Player: Patrick Kane
Favorite Sports-Themed Movie: Miracle on Ice
Favorite Pre-Game Meal: Tacos or pasta
Celebrity You’d Like To Meet: Kevin Hart
Best Hockey Tip: “I received a hockey tip from my old goalie coach at the Hawks organization: the two most useful pieces of equipment as a goalie are your eyes.”
Teammate Who You Could See As A Hockey Coach: Ryan Georgopoulos – “He has a great understanding of the game, knows how to space and open up opportunities on the ice.”
Hardest Slapshot On Your Team: Sean Cerny
Most Accurate Shot: Alex Maggos
Fastest Skater: Aidan O’Hare
Best High School Uniforms (other than the North Stars): “I like the color combination of yellow and blue on the Lyons Township jerseys.”