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Habs’ Parros hospitalized after fight with Leafs’ Orr

Oct 1, 2013, 9:39 PM EDT

Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros was stretchered off the ice on Tuesday after a freak-accident fall during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Colton OrrUpdate: Parros was taken to Montreal General Hospital in an ambulance moments later, Hockey Night in Canada’s David Amber reports.

Immediately following Parros’ fall, Orr motioned frantically to get medical attention for Parros. Parros, 33, was bleeding right away, but on the bright side, was very responsive. (In fact, he tried to leave the ice under his own power, but wasn’t allowed to by trainers.)

Now here’s better video from NHL.com:

This was actually the second fight of the night between the two. Both Parros and Orr, 31, received game misconducts. Maybe it’s a little unfair to Orr, but really, it might be better if he’s not out there for the rest of the night.

Also notable: this isn’t the first time these two have engaged in a fight in which someone was hurt during a fight. Last time, in January 2011, Orr was the one who was injured:

  1. mp1131211 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Nasty. Hope he’s OK.

  2. sjsharks66 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Scary, i hope he was wearing a helmet though. If not, this just proves the NHL’s point with the helmet rule.
    Hope he is alright though. Perro’s is a tough guy.

    • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:57 PM

      Yes, he was wearing a helmet. Parros wasn’t wearing a visor; that might have helped him here, since his face hit the ice.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        I don’t think so. His chin was torn open.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Really? I missed that in the videos I’ve watched. Ouch.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        I don’t think the cut was really a concern. I think he’s probably going to hospital for the way his neck bent when he hit the ice.

      • hockeyflow33 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:08 PM

        I’ve never seen a visor that covers a chin but okay….

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Hey hockeyflow: do you know the concept of time stamps and replies?

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:45 PM

        Trust me… you don’t want to fall face first wearing a visor. I’ve seen it happen before, and it resulted in a concussion and several stitches.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:24 PM

        Stakex, what’s your point? Parros wasn’t wearing a visor, fell face first, was concussed, and will get several stitches. Trust me!

  3. mclovinhockey - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Get well soon Parros.

  4. istallion - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    Figures- Habs pick up two enforcers – Murray and Parros- and both probably wont play hockey this year.

  5. gmenfan1982 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:49 PM

    Terrible news. Hope youre alright Parros. But, great. Fodder for the anti fighting crowd.

    • mp1131211 - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:52 PM

      Not really. This happened after a fight, but it was a pretty odd random fall face first into the ice. I don’t think this says anything about fighting or helmets.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:00 PM

        Says something about visors, though. Parros wasn’t wearing one, and he won’t have to given the grandfathering in of the new rule. He paid for it big time here :/

      • mp1131211 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:01 PM

        Did you see him get taken off the ice? Visor would not have done anything at all.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:06 PM

        I responded to your comment earlier. You have a good point.

      • mp1131211 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        OK, watched this on NHL dot com again. It was actually a direct result of fighting. I thought he was pulled down by Orr and leg swept, which would be a really strange way of getting hurt and random and odd as I said. But he went down from swinging and missing. This was directly a result of fighting. Granted, it was his own fault. But none the less, you can’t deny it. He hit his head because he swung and missed and his other hand was locked onto a jersey

    • imleftcoast - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      Bantha fodder.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:27 AM

        Bantha poodoo.

  6. sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 9:55 PM

    Did the NHL change the rules about fighting? I thought if you fought 3 times you were ejected, not twice. Unless they got ejected for something else?

    • pxland - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      Looking at the box score it appears that there was another fight already going on. I think that’s why they got the gate.

    • jimw81 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      you cant take your helmet off during a fight either. its a joke. its nhl’s way of curbing fighting and start the beginning of the end of fighting in the nhl as we know it.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM

        So? The beauty of the game is not about fighting. How many fights were there during last year’s SCF? ONE! Let me repeat that to make sure you get it. ONE! Nothing was lost because of the lack of fights. NOTHING!

      • Moop - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

        Joey, we all know the point of hockey isn’t the fighting. It’s not the main attraction to the sport and it shouldn’t be. Nevertheless, it’s a necessary part of the game. Players that are employed generally for the sake of toughness and fighting ability, enforcers, if you will, are there for enforce the idea that if a player hurts someone or does something considered not acceptable, there will be retribution by way of the fight. It’s to keep players honest. If a guy knows the other team can’t send out the Colton Orr’s of the world to drop the gloves, he is more likely to throw a dirty hit or slash because he knows there won’t be any physical punishment. Having fighting in the game lets players know they will have to pay the price for their actions.

      • dueman - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        Well said Moop.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:01 PM

        Moop, I know all too well the rhetoric. I have scares on my joints to prove it. Again, If it’s so much a necessary part of the game, then why was there only one fight during last year’s very entertaining Stanley Cup Final? Explain it to me…..

      • mp1131211 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:14 AM

        Joey- you probably know by now that I am not all that into fighting in the NHL. I do enjoy a good bout now and then, but I don’t think I would miss it for a day if it was banned. However, the SCF are another beast. Just because they were exciting without the fighting does not mean that fighting doesn’t serve a purpose to intimidate during regular season- and even in the finals, the enforcers are there and players are aware that fights could occur. Its well known that fighting in the playoffs scales back. No one wants a freak accident that puts a guy out of the lineup when the team needs them most. But that doesn’t mean that all the fights that have been fought during the year don’t factor into the intensity of the match up between the teams in the playoffs and finals. Again, I’m not really too supportive of fighting in the NHL, but if you can’t even admit that it has a place in the game as the game is currently played, then you aren’t really being honest in the debate.

      • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        I don’t believe fighting has it’s place in the game. I do understand that some fights can act as a catalyst for certain teams. But! More importantly, I believe that the NHL is not ready to ban fighting because they are afraid of the potential loss of revenue. I don’t believe the on ice game will suffer if you ban fighting. I do believe one day the NHL will ban fighting. One concussion on account of fighting is too many.

  7. gmenfan1982 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    The anti fighting crowd has already started using this ammunition as in the fighting debate. Just follow Ken Campbell twitter. Hockey News writer using this to condescendingly trash fighters and and rail against fighting in the game. No one wants things like this to happen but this is a freak occurrence. People get in car accidents but we all don’t just stop driving cars.

    • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      I agree about using tonight as ammunition being garbage, but the car analogy is silly.

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:51 PM

        It really is silly.

        I mean driving a vehicle is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Fighting in hockey is a far safer venture by comparison, and its wrong to lump fighting in with something so dangerous.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Where do you get your logic. Cars don’t cause cars to kill. People behind the wheel are the leading cause of car accidents which lead to death.

      • jpelle82 - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:40 AM

        yep and guns dont kill people either, its the guy pulling the trigger. you have a better chance of getting eaten by a shark or struck by lightning than dying from a hockey fight, its necessary and should be in the game. i’d go so far as to say guys would still do it in extreme circumstances even if it was banned.

    • jimw81 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:18 PM

      go read Damien cox’s twitter handle.

      • sabatimus - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        No thanks.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:36 AM

      Yep, the backlash against fighting in hockey is ridiculous considering the acceptance of MMA fighting and boxing. Those guys hit way harder than hockey players too.

  8. gmenfan1982 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    I mean the idea of even simply shooting a frozen rubber puck around a bunch of people is inherently pretty damn dangerous and we all love that.

    • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      Dumb! Real dumb! The object of the game is not about shooting a frozen piece of rubber at a player’s face. Players fighting and swinging their fists is about punching the daylight out of their opponent. Real dumb analogy, buddy!

      • beavertonsteve - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:23 AM

        So, your amazing logic is that as long as nobody aims at anyone’s face it suddenly makes skating around an ice rink with flying frozen rubber pucks safe? I’m guessing Marc Staal has something to say about that.

      • obamareallysucks - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:37 AM

        move to san Francisco joey, where your people belong!

      • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:52 AM

        Ok. GWB.

      • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

        Well! Not really! Wearing head gear and a visor makes the players safer from flying pucks. Players protect their elbows more than their eyes. Why is that?

  9. joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

    After watching the game I want to give a thumbs up for the hybrid icing rule. Here’s why. When the D player is ahead of the O player at the face off dot the play is blown dead. If the reverse is true the icing is immediately waved off thus eliminating the foot race to the puck. The D player in this case is no longer concerned about touching the puck first. In other words he’s no trying to put his stick through the skates of the O player, which increases the risk of a trip leading to a high risk of injury. His focus now becomes taking the O player out with a check or trying to angle him away from the net. The no touch forces the D player to play the man as opposed to the puck when he’s behind. Love the rule for the safety it brings to the game.

    As I have been writing here now for about a year, get fighting out of the game. If you think fighting has its place in the game after seeing what happened to Parros, and that the minor penalty assessed to a player for removing his helmet prior to a fight is not needed, then you’re heartless. All you care about is your narcissistic self. You want to see fighting, then go see a boxing match or UFC. Maybe you’re the type of person who would want to see the Romans throw people to the lions just for your entertainment.

    • beckenzie - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:47 PM

      Fighting is a part of hockey like it or not. If you don’t want to see it, don’t but tickets to a hockey game, invest in tickets to see your favourite concert pianist. Or maybe instead of tuning in to the game tonight, you could have watched something a little more gentle.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

        You’re a moron. The beauty of the game has nothing to do with fighting. Don’t be an idot! How many fights in last year’s Stanley Cup Final? ONE! And it was bloody entertaining. ONE! And it was bloody entertaining! Do people go to a concert pianist to see fights? The Romans used to have something that was part of their normal lives. Throwing people to the lions. Funny how that practice has been banned. Moron!

      • dueman - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        After reading your repeated anti fighting posts, and your repeated name calling of the people that don’t agree with you (you know, almost everybody!), I’m thinking that the Romans didn’t have such a bad idea! For someone who hates fighting so much, you sure seem to be wanting to start one here…

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:05 PM

        Last I checked two guys having a consensual bout in hockey didn’t result in them being eating by large cats afterwards….

    • caniac4ever - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Who is paying you $ to type this garbage? Dude, find a new interest. Maybe figure skating? Water polo? Curling? Take your propaganda and shove it bud.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:56 PM

        you’re a moron. Heartless narcissist.

    • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM

      Joey, YOU are the one who wants to change the sport so don’t tell fans of the current sport to go watch something else. If you don’t like how the sport is (and has always been), why don’t YOU go watch something else… like tennis perhaps?

      Most fans, and the players themselves, want fighting to remain in the sport. Deal with it.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        Because the beauty of the game is in the skilled players, and the team play. Just because I was advocating mandatory visors doesn’t mean I should stop watching the game. Repeated head concussions cause irreparable damage to the brain. This scientific fact is very knew. With this new data should come new rules to prevent CTE. It’s a rather simple equation; repeated concussions == CTE Make the game safer for the boys.

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        The vast majority of concussions in hockey don’t come from fighting though. This incident is a very rare, and freak accident. If you REALLY cared about the health of the players brains, then you would want to:

        1. Get rid of hitting.
        2. Slow the game WAY down.
        3. See the NHL switch to one of those soft pucks people play with on ponds.

        All of those are more dangerous in terms of concussions then fighting in hockey, and again…. the players don’t have to fight. They chose to fight. Stop trying to be their mommy.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        If it were up to the players we’d still have players playing without helmets. Not sure asking kids to make the game safe is he wisest of decisions.

  10. frankenklein9009 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:52 PM

    Taking fighting out would be stupid. No matter what you argue it is a game changer. Remember when Philly went down 3-0 then a fight started n momentum changed n they knocked off the bruins 4-3. Leave it I. The game there is a place for it. They know what it is they are getting into they are grown men

    • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:55 PM

      If it’s a game changer as you wrote, then why was there only one fight in last year’s very entertaining Stanley Cup Final? Explain that with you’re hockey wisdom.

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:10 PM

        Its pretty simple: Players don’t want to risk an instigator penalty during such important games. That would result in a player being in the box for 17 minutes… and that’s a BIG problem in a SCF game.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:18 PM

        and yet we got to see a very entertaining series. So! What you’re saying is the NHL has to come up with a system too discourage players from fighting.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        The fact is, regular season hockey is different than playoff hockey. It’s a different mentality. Playoffs and a chance for the Cup are their own motivation. However, the regular season is a grinding marathon, and with 82 games to play, it’s not hard to lose some motivation and fire. Plus, fights tend to occur more with goons whose sole job it is to fight, and within rivalries. Take the Mon-Tor game from last night for a prime example of both points. Or heck, take the Pittsburgh-Philly playoff series from a couple years ago. Don’t be so ignorant as to suggest that fights never happen in the playoffs. You know why they don’t happen as often in the Finals? Because there’s often no rivalry between East and West teams. Then again, look at the Van-Bos Finals from 3 years ago and tell me there were no fights. You clearly overlook things or don’t actually know that much about hockey. If it’s not obvious yet, no one agrees with you and you’re wasting your time arguing against fighting.

  11. stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    Fighting is, and has always been, part of hockey. If you don’t like it, don’t sit around whining about fighting. Instead go watch a sport that doesn’t contain it. There are plenty of other sports out there where fighting isn’t allowed… go watch those and leave hockey alone.

    • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      Yeah! Let the Romans throw people to the lions again. It was once great entertainment. Fighting will be gone soon.

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

        As I pointed out before, hockey fights are not the same thing as people being eaten by animals…. like, not at all the same.

      • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:11 PM

        The point is we have to grow and learn. Recent scientific data has revealed that repeated concussions == CTE. This data was not known in 30s, 40s, 50s, etc.. We need to adjust.

      • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:31 PM

        I’ll say it again…. the majority of concussions in hockey don’t come from fighting. Its actually pretty rare for a player to get a concussion from a fight. That’s just a bad argument, and I would call you a hypocrite for not also being in favor of removing hitting, slowing the game down, and using a softer puck.

        Hitting, a high speed game, and a solid brick of rubber moving at a high velocity all come with a MUCH higher risk of concussions then fighting does…. so why not fight to remove them as well? Oh yeah, because they are part of the sport.

  12. northstarnic - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:58 PM

    Pretty cool, eh boys? Really adds a lot to the game, eh boys? Time to be done with the NHL sideshow that is orchestrated fighting. It’s just dumb and it cheapens the best sport in the world.

  13. frankenklein9009 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    I pay to see a game where players full of heart play. Blood sweat and tears. Fighting is better then taking it out and having someone start swinging a stick. It’s not like some goons just go around fighting everyone, more times then not the fight is mutual.

  14. frankenklein9009 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Joey you are arguing one example. As I pointed out the Philly-Boston match in 07. The fight in that game swung the entire series.

  15. northstarnic - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    Yep, clearly the game would just fall apart without fighting. I mean look at other sports with a physical element – soccer, football, basketball for example. They all allow fighting so that goons can’t just cheap shot the most talented players. Right guys? Right?

    • stakex - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      For starters, soccer and basketball aren’t full contact sports. Thus taking a cheap shot at another player is outside normal play, and not very common. In hockey you can line up and flat out drill another player on any given play and have it be perfectly legal. That’s unique to hockey, and a lesser extent football. What keeps a player from flat out drilling Crosby, even if its a legal hit? The fact that he knows he’ll have to pay the price for it…. probably with a fight.

  16. frankenklein9009 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I fail to see how lions eating Romans is even remotely close to fighting in hockey. Why don’t you stop using name calling and extreme exaggerations as your argument.

    • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Wow! Maybe you need a drawing. My point is we need to grow/evolve. We now know that repeated concussions can lead to CTE. Terrible disease. We have to use this scientific data to keep the boys safe.

      • lostpuppysyndrome - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:50 AM

        Judging by your hysteria and blithering ignorance, I’d inclined to believe you’re against vaccinations because of autism too, yes?

      • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        Yes.

  17. cardmagnet - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    If you don’t see the importance and role of fighting in hockey at this level, you truly don’t understand the game.

    • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:16 PM

      Of course. No one here has ever played hockey, or coached at a very competitive level where fighting was allowed, or was a hockey scout. No! Everyone here has never laced a pair of skates. Especially those that disagree with you.

      • dueman - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:43 AM

        You just blew any and all credibility with your implication that you played, coached at a high level, AND were a hockey scout! LOL! Wow, is all I can say!

      • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        No! No! You missed the point again. There are many here that have made significant contributions to the game of hockey that are for the elimination of fighting. Please! I never had credibility because I’m against fighting.

  18. northstarnic - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    And moop, do you really think the Colton orrs of the world would be employed in the NHL if fighting wasn’t encouraged/facilitated?

  19. frankenklein9009 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    To compare soccer and basketballs physical play to hockey is just insulting. Last time I checked a body check would get you kicked out and suspended from both sports. Football is a different matter. Fighting in football could never be a one on on fight simply cause the integrity of the players are different. You have no valid argument with those points

  20. frankenklein9009 - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    It doesn’t take a genius to say that a concussion is bad for you let alone multiple concussions are bad. The problem here is more times then not a concussion does not come from fighting. It’s very rare to see it happen actually. The concussions come from pucks and hits. Last time I checked the league is working on fixing that with changing rules regarding points of aim for a check n adding a visor.

    • joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:36 PM

      So, if a puck can cause a concussion then I would venture to say that a fist can also do damage to the brain.

      • dueman - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:45 AM

        Therefore both should be banned, right? According to your logic anyways!

      • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM

        Well. That is one way to interpret what I wrote. Another way to interpret what I wrote follows. The is the central focus of the sport. Like a football, baseball, soccer ball, golf ball…. Need I go on.

  21. micklethepickle - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen a vagina quite as sandy as Joey4id’s is right now. I can just picture him boring his friends and family incoherently making inane, off-topic arguments about a game he chooses to watch.

    You want a comparable example? If I were to watch football, and spend the entire time loudly whining about how unfair the forward pass is, and how much better and more *civilized* the game would be without passing the ball, how do you think football fans would react?

    Get out of here, you clown.

  22. blkeskimo1785 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Pro-fighting, Anti-fighting politics aside, it was nice to see the code and the respect of the players in play. Kudos to Orr for being the first person calling for the doctors to come to the ice.

  23. sjsharks66 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:21 AM

    You guys are all missing the point! There was ONE fight in the SCF! I repeat ONE fight in the SCF.
    Joey, stop being a turd.

  24. valoisvipers - Oct 2, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    What purpose does two goons like Parros and Orr scraping it out serve?
    I can’t stand the staged fights or goon fights but I do like a heat of the battle scraps between real hockey players.

    • dueman - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      Try watching the game before commenting on something that did happen during the heat of battle within the game!

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