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George Parros got himself a new natural gas vehicle

Mar 8, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT


On the ice, George Parros often imprints his fist on opponent’s faces.

Off it, he’s more concerned about carbon footprints.

That was evident on Tuesday when the Anaheim enforcer did a meet-and-greet at a local Honda dealership and received his new CNG — a factory-built car designed to run on compressed natural gas.

“I’m a recent father now, so I’m looking out for the future. If you can reduce your carbon footprint, I think this is certainly a good way to start, with your car,” Parros told the OC Register. “It’s a lifestyle choice that’s not too difficult to stay on top of…It was the right choice for me. I think it’s an easy sacrifice to make.”

Parros has been affiliated with Honda for a couple of years, a relationship that includes in-arena video promos and, apparently, a new whip for George every couple of years. It’s hardly his first foray into socially-conscious efforts, though. His apparel line — Stache Gear — benefits The Garth Brooks Teammates For Kids Foundation and he also donates to Locks of Love, a charity organization that makes wigs for children that have lost their hair due to medical conditions.

The Princeton grad had a couple of funny observations about his first-ever corporate gig.

“A lot of people are surprised that I can even fit in it,” Parros said. “I was surprised myself. I didn’t agree to embark on this journey with you guys until I was sure I could fit in the front seat.”

“I think it’s kind of a point of pride to pull up into the valet before the games and see all the Mercedes and BMWs lined up and have my Honda stuck in there, too.

“I think it’s kind of cool.”

  1. bonewj - Mar 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    Yes…the best way to reduce your carbon footprint is to buy a new car. It’s just so obvious! Not like not owning a car (by not living in disgusting California) would be better or something…

    • grillmarks - Mar 8, 2012 at 11:15 AM

      Get a life.

    • kitshky - Mar 8, 2012 at 12:37 PM

      If you want to find any fault in this story do some research on the carbon footprint caused by the manufacturing of a car like this versus the carbon footprint of a traditional vehicle, you might actually find something.

      Pretty sure just mocking him and the state of California just makes you a massive douche.

    • chiadam - Mar 8, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      It runs on natural gas, you idiot. Natural gas runs cleaner, you idiot. But by all means, take a run at a guy who tries to help sick kids and is doing his part to clean up the planet. You’re a waste of everyone’s time if your life is so devoid of meaning that this is how you amuse yourself. Oh, and Parros would rip your head off in a second.

  2. bcisleman - Mar 8, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Hey folks need to lighten up a bit. If you ARE getting a new car, you are better off getting a vehicle like this in terms of your carbon footprint. But, if you have an old clunker, its better ecologically to keep it. The best would be travel by mass transit, bicycle, or foot power,

    BTW, who knew that enforcers could be toughy feely guys? Georges Laraque apparently is a vegan. Grapes must be fed up and disgusted.

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