‘Punching Out’: Enforcer Parros Retires from NHL


George Parros, who for a time was one of the toughest players in the league, decided Friday to hang up his skates and retire from the NHL.

George Parros

George Parros

Parros, 34, appeared in 22 games for the Montreal Canadiens last season.

His longest tenure with one team, was from 2006-2012 when he played for the Anaheim Ducks, with whom he won a Stanley Cup in 2007. Parros also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, and Florida Panthers during his nine-year career.

An eighth-round draft pick in 1999, the gritty, hard-nosed Parros never shied away from dropping the gloves, receiving a career-high 27 fighting majors in 2010-11 while with the Ducks.

Over the course of his career, he had many common opponents, fighting Colton Orr six times, and Darcy Hordichuk 12 times.

Parros ends his career with 18 goals, 36 points, and 1,092 penalty minutes in 474 games.