Moves to pro ranks after a decade of USHL experience
Coralville, Iowa – The Iowa Heartlanders announced Thursday Parker Anderson has been named the team’s equipment manager for the 2021-22 season, marking a homecoming to the Heartland for the Marion, Iowa native. Anderson’s move to the ECHL is significant; from 2009-17 he served as assistant equipment manager of the USHL’s Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, making him the first Heartlanders hockey operations member to progress along The Corridor from junior hockey’s RoughRiders to professional hockey’s Heartlanders.The Linn-Mar High School graduate spent the last three seasons as equipment manager of the Sioux Falls Stampede. Prior to that, he worked with the Dubuque Fighting Saints (2017) and RoughRiders. “The possibility to move up into the pro ranks and back home to Iowa was a win-win scenario, especially to work with Deacon Sports & Entertainment in the brand-new Xtream Arena,” Anderson said. “I will provide our players with a first-class experience and I’m excited to work with the top prospects Iowa Wild and Minnesota Wild.”“Parker’s experience, professionalism and work ethic made him the right person to become the first equipment manager in Heartlanders history,” Head Coach Gerry Fleming said. “The equipment manager is a trusted and vital member to any hockey locker room and Parker brings the type of integrity that will help better our team and create a strong culture in our locker room.”Rose Club Season Ticket Memberships are now available by visiting iowaheartlanders.com and calling the ticket office. Call 319-569-4625 (GOAL) and visit iowaheartlanders.com for more information. The Heartlanders’ AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild, will host the Rockford IceHogs for an AHL preseason game Oct. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Xtream Arena in the first professional hockey game in the new building, presented by the Iowa City Area Sports Commission. Tickets are available for the Fri., Oct. 8 game by calling the Heartlanders box office at 319-569-4625 or by visiting https://bit.ly/XtreamArenaPreseason.
Learn more about Parker below with our series of “get to know” questions. Where have you lived besides Iowa?Parker: Wisconsin, South DakotaWhat other sports teams have you worked for? Parker: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Sioux Falls StampedeMost exciting part about joining HeartlandersParker: Getting the chance to start from the ground up and put my touches on players’ experience in Iowa Most-interesting fact about youParker: Specific memories of random facts and eventsFavorite movieParker: Sergeant York Favorite restaurant Parker: ChipotleIn a word, the first game at Xtream Arena Oct. 22 is going to be… Parker: “Eye-Opening”