|"I found a home here," Parros said. "They have kept me around with a core group of guys that certainly is one of the best in the league. I’m doing something right and it’s definitely an honor to keep playing with these guys. I like where I’m at and I enjoy playing in a Ducks uniform." |
Easily recognizable by his trademark moustache wherever he may go, George Parros
prefers to stay in Southern California during the summer, spending time at home in Hermosa Beach with his wife of nearly one year, Tiffany.
There he is able to unwind from a season full of hard hits and fights as Anaheim’s top enforcer. After dropping the gloves at least 20 times for a third straight season and enduring a few injuries (notably a right hand laceration that caused him to miss 10 games) during the 2009-10 campaign, relaxing on the beach and partaking in a little volleyball serves as Parros’ perfect remedy.
About to enter his fifth season with the Ducks, Parros took a few minutes in between training Friday morning to talk about what he has been up to and his eagerness for training camp to start in September.How has the summer been for you in Hermosa Beach?
The weather has been terrible, but other than that, things are okay. We did a couple of small trips, but nothing much longer than a weekend. When the season ends, I usually take a month off and do nothing but go to the beach every day and play as much volleyball as I can. But this year has been so cloudy and windy, it’s been a little tough. I haven’t been out there as much as I would have liked. It forced me onto the golf course a couple of times even. The golf game is alright. I lose a lot of balls.Would it be safe to say you are the best volleyball player on the Ducks?
I would have to be in the running for sure. I had Ryan Getzlaf
up with me to play some volleyball a couple of weeks ago in a big six-man tournament in Manhattan Beach. He got a chance to show off his skills. He’s pretty good as well. We’d be a good twosome. What does it mean to you to be one of just six Ducks (Parros, Carter, Getzlaf, Marchant, Perry, Selanne) left from the 2007 championship team roster?
It’s pretty cool. I found a home here. That is reflected in the contracts I have received. They have kept me around with a core group of guys that certainly is one of the best in the league. Corey Perry
, Ryan Getzlaf
, Teemu and guys like that. I’m doing something right and it’s definitely an honor to keep playing with these guys. I like where I’m at and I enjoy playing in a Ducks uniform. Hopefully, we have a short memory and get back to winning another championship. I could clear up some room on my shelf for another small Stanley Cup trophy there.What went wrong for the team in 2009-10 and how hard was it watching the playoffs from home?
I haven’t missed the playoffs since my first year in the league in Los Angeles (2005-06). It definitely makes for a long summer. It’s something you don’t want to make a habit of. It was painful. You can never really pinpoint one certain thing. Over the course of any season where you don’t make the playoffs, it’s usually because you’re inconsistent and tend to string together a lot of losses. If you can keep losing streaks down to one or two games throughout the whole year, then you’re going to be okay. That is something we need to work on.
You dealt with a few different injuries during the season that limited you to 57 games played, your lowest total since 2006-07. How did you feel about your season individually?
|"I had Ryan Getzlaf up with me to play some volleyball a couple of weeks ago in a big six-man tournament in Manhattan Beach," Parros said. "He got a chance to show off his skills. He’s pretty good as well. We’d be a good twosome." |
Injuries are always frustrating. There were definitely a couple of things that kept me from doing my job. It always gets annoying, especially when you’re losing. My season, personally, I always ask for better out of myself and continue to do so. I can always improve my game. That is what the summertime is best for, to work on things. Hopefully, I’ll come back stronger and have a better year in 2010-11.What goes into your offseason regimen?
I started training in June. I do a lot of speed training. Then, I go and do my lifts with the weights. I do conditioning after that, all different forms of conditioning. That is it for off-ice. On-ice, I started skating around mid-July. I started doing that a couple of times a week to get back in the flow of things. That is the program – in the weight room and on the ice all summer long getting ready. I’m getting antsy for the new season.On the second day of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, the Ducks traded Mike Brown to Toronto and Bob Murray indicated that he made the trade to get you more ice time. How did his comments make you feel?
It instills a lot of confidence and it’s great to know that Murph is up there wanting good things out of me. I’m willing and ready to deliver. To see him say things like that in the press is great. I’m glad I’m thought of when certain moves are made. I’m ready to earn my ice time, just like everybody else. Hopefully, I’ll get a chance to prove myself a little bit more.HockeyFights.com listed the Ducks as the best enforcing team in the NHL for the fourth straight season in 2009-10. Do you take pride in that distinction at all?
It’s great to be recognized as a team with toughness. It’s a brand of hockey we like to play. I have to take a little pride in that because I toe the line with a lot of fights. More importantly, is getting some wins, making the playoffs and letting our guys do their job. We fell short in that category. But the honor is definitely cool. HockeyFights is a great site. As long as the idea is still appreciated and what the team does is still appreciated, we all have smiles on our faces.
Has it been nice to see enforcers still greatly valued in the NHL, seen through the offseason signings by some of your counterparts around the league?
|"We are still a valuable commodity," said Parros of enforcers in the NHL. "It just shows the work these guys put in and the effect they have on teams. People still need them, want them and appreciate them. It’s good to see some big signings year after year, with guys shifting around." |
It shows that there is a still a need for it out there. We are still a valuable commodity. That is great news from my standpoint. It just shows the work these guys put in and the effect they have on teams. People still need them, want them and appreciate them. It’s good to see some big signings year after year, with guys shifting around. You helped launch Stache Gear, an apparel line available at the team store, last season. Were you pleased at how it did and what are any plans with it moving forward?
The Stache Gear was very well received. I was excited that we blew through all the products in the first couple of orders. We have some left over for the summer. I’m glad that everyone has liked it. I have a website that I started this summer, another place people can buy the stuff – stachegear.com. I have a couple new, exciting additions to the line coming out. I have a whole new slew of t-shirts ready to go for the opening of the season. We’re working on more stuff for around Christmas. We’re going to extend the line and do some others things besides t-shirts and hats. With training camp scheduled to open in September, what are you early thoughts on how the club is shaping up?
Right now, Murph has made some great moves. We have a good squad going forward. I’m excited to see Teemu back. I think everybody is. He is an irreplaceable part of that locker room. On the ice as well, he is still producing. I love to see that happen. We’re excited to get some new guys like Aaron Voros, Andy Sutton and others. I think we’ll be good and have no excuse not to make the playoffs. We’ll give ourselves that pressure for sure.