The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that George Parros has retired from the National Hockey League (NHL) after nine seasons.
Parros, 34, played for five NHL teams of the course of his nine-year career, including Anaheim, where his pugilism and personality made him one of the most popular players in Ducks history.
Parros also played for Los Angeles, Colorado, Florida and Montreal. Parros finished his career with 36 points (18g/18a) and 1,092 penalty minutes in 474 regular season games.
Prior to being drafted by the LA Kings in the eighth round (222nd overall) of the 1999 NHL Draft, Parros played four seasons with the Princeton Tigers where he was a three-time ECAC All-Academic team member. Parros completed his collegiate career with a degree in economics before turning pro with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Parros made his NHL debut with the Kings during the 2005-06 season.
After appearing in 55 games with the Kings, Parros was claimed by the Colorado Avalanche during the 2006-07 season and appeared in only two games with the Avs before being acquired by the Ducks on Nov. 13, 2006.
The Washington, Pennsylvania native immediately endeared himself to Ducks fans, many of whom sported fake mustaches purchased in the Ducks team store, with proceeds going to charity. His career in Anaheim spanned six seasons and peaked in 2007 when the Ducks became California’s first Stanley Cup champion.
In his six years with Anaheim, Parros appeared in 356 regular season games, earning 28 points (15g/13a) and 812 penalty minutes, while finishing with a plus-10 rating. Parros also skated in 19 postseason games with the Ducks, including five during the team’s run to the 2007 Stanley Cup championship.