Proving you can always come home, the Pittsburgh Penguins have inked Richard Park to a one-year two-way deal. Park, 35, spent last season in Switzerland with Geneve Servette where he turned in a comparatively productive 34-point performance in 47 games. The veteran of 684 NHL games made his debut with the Penguins in 1995, when he became just the second South Korean born player to play in the league.
Park’s last tour of NHL duty was with the New York Islanders. He spent four seasons on Long Island, missing just 12 games during his time there. His deal is worth $550,000 at the NHL level. Park also spent time with the Anaheim Ducks, Philadelphia Flyers, Minnesota Wild, and Vancouver Canucks.
We would like to extend a big kamsahamnida to the Penguins for providing Park with another NHL opportunity, even if it’s only to lend some plausibility to our hopes of him captaining the South Korean hockey team at the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang. He’ll be like 41-years old, but he’ll still have a step on Jim Paek.
Here’s how The Pensblog remembers Park:
“Our only memories of him is killing penalties like his family was held hostage and killing the penalty meant saving them.”