Former NHL enforcer and Princeton grad George Parros has been named the Senior Vice President of the Department of Player Safety. Now former Senior Vice President Stephane Quintal will remain active in the department to help Parros’ transition until he finds a new job in the league or with an individual team.
George Parros Named Senior Vice President of Department of Player Safety
A veteran of over 450 NHL games, Parros was never a scoring forward. Respected as one of the top fighters in the league (hands down the best moustache), Parros accumulated a whopping 1092 PIM in his career with the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers, and Montreal Canadiens. Although Parros played a tough role over his NHL career, he was never fined or suspended. The only games he missed were due to injuries or being a healthy scratch.
Parros last played in the 2013-14 season, with the Habs. Appearing in just 22 games, Parros suffered two concussions in his final season. Fights with Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr and New York Islanders forward Eric Boulton ended his career at 34.
On September 7, 2016, Parros joined the NHL Department of Player Safety to help make disciplinary decisions. Exactly one year later, Parros is now the Senior Vice President. He will be taking over from Stephane Quintal, who held the position for three years. Quintal’s predecessor, Brendan Shanahan, also held the position for three years.
With rules in a good position in terms of checks to the head and other major infractions, George Parros will look to target slashing and other more minor infractions, saying “We used to be worried about headhunting and major things like that. Now we’re worried about slashing and some more minor infractions, you might say. So the game’s in a good place. There doesn’t need to be a huge shake-up, a huge change in philosophy.”
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