George Parros, a hard-working fan favorite during his nine seasons in the NHL, announced his retirement from the League on Friday.
"It's been an honor to play in the greatest League in the world," Parros told the NHL Players' Association. "Thanks to the organizations I've had the good fortune to play for, especially to the Samueli and Molson families," Parros said, mentioning the owners of the Anaheim Ducks and Montreal Canadiens, respectively. "I've had the most amazing support from all of the fans who have supported my many endeavors throughout my career; for that I am eternally grateful. A final thank you to my parents Jim and Lynne, my wife Tiffany and my children who have made this dream of mine a reality."
Parros, 34, was picked by the Los Angeles Kings in the eighth round (No. 222) of the 1999 NHL Draft. He had 18 goals, 36 points and 1,092 penalty minutes in 474 regular-season games with the Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Ducks, Florida Panthers and Canadiens.