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Parros update: Released from hospital, no fracture, CT scan negative

Oct 2, 2013, 9:52 AM EDT

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Last night saw one of the scarier incidents in hockey as Montreal’s George Parros was taken off on a stretcher after hitting his head on the ice after fighting Toronto’s Colton Orr.  There is some good news to report, however.

The Canadiens say he’s out of the hospital but he does have a concussion. According to TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie, he doesn’t have any fractures and his CT scan came up negative.

The positive news is tempered by the fact he’s still injured with a concussion and the sight of him being carted off cast a pall on the excitement of opening night. For now, any good news on his condition is great to see after how frightening things appeared to be last night.

  1. davebabychreturns - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:07 AM

    Glad to hear Parros is okay. Well, relatively okay anyway.

  2. micklethepickle - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Glad to hear he didn’t have any injuries beyond a concussion, and hope he has a quick recovery and gets back on the ice.

    This is bad news for all the north star/joeyid4 douches, that were hoping for brain damage and career ending injury to parlay into a push to ban fighting “for” players like Parros, ignoring that by doing so they are taking away their livelihood and earning potential (Parros may be a smart guy, but you think he’d make more $$ outside of the NHL?). Ask Parros, hell, ask his teammates whether fighting should remain in the game.

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


      Nobody wanted Parros to be hurt. People who have the knee jerk “ban fighting” response usually do because they don’t like seeing people stretchered off the ice.

      I realize this is an internet comment section and as such you are basically required to be a dick to people but you might find that you can develop a better understanding of other people and perspectives if you aren’t constantly looking to demonize them.

    • longcutskolvikes - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      I think you misunderstood what they were saying, and before you misunderstand what I’m about to say let me start out with this. I am huge Habs fan, and I recognize that in the NHL today (and yesterday for that matter) there is a neccesity for enforcers. I’m not going to lie about it. I like a good fight. I also love boxing. I also grew up skating down at the neighborhood park everyday during the winter. Hockey is a beautiful sport, and it can exist without fighting. The reason why Wayne Gretzky needed Marty McSorely was because players like Marty McSorely were on each team. George Parros seems like a great guy, and all he is doing is doing what it takes for him to stay in the NHL. It’s no secret to anyone who closely follows the league that enforcers are often the most loved and respected players in a locker room, but I’m telling you the sport of hockey can be a lot better than what we’re watching out there today. It’s always going to be a tough, physical game played by tough, physical players, but it could be so much more than what the NHL is right now.

    • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      C’mon! Do you really think people are hoping for brain damage and career ending injuries? BTW, brain damage (CTE) is knowingly and scientific proven caused by repeated concussions.

  3. davebabychreturns - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    In a separate comment.. this injury to Parros just highlights the absurdity of the NHL’s (unstated) position on fighting at this point.

    Making equipment regulations to try to keep guys wearing helmets while they attempt to bash each others faces in because doing so on skates on a hard ice surface is a recipe for a severe injury is just comically dissonant, and as we see here it’s completely ineffective too when a guy falls forward (which thankfully doesn’t happen very often).

    We see it every time someone gets stretchered off the ice, the league is scared stiff of the coverage they get on CNN and internationally, if there was a rule broken they throw the book at whoever did it and if there wasn’t they change the rules. You get a sense that they don’t know what to do about fighting but if we keep seeing fights end this way they are going to look for a way to phase them out.. and until they grow a pair and take a side it’s going to be ridiculous rule after ridiculous rule..

    So what’s next, is the league going to require full face shields for fighters? Maybe put them in big frickin sumo costumes, or have the ice girls pull out a big padded mat the goons can stand on to fight?

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      For the tl;dr crowd (or the tl;dc – “too long: didn’t comprehend” folks), my point is that the NHL wants to have its cake and eat it took with respect to fighting, they want people out of their seats watching guys throw ’em but they don’t want the bad press when it gets ugly.

      And until they grow a pair and pick a side, we’re going to keep seeing idiotic rules like the helmet rule that do nothing but add an extra 2 minutes in the box for most fighting penalties.

      Regardless of my own opinions about fighting in hockey, the league needs to take a coherent position and then proceed from there. Unfortunately on so many fronts they have shown a complete inability to do this.

      • dueman - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:24 PM

        This is where you are wrong. The league has obviously taken a side on fighting, as fighting is still part of the game. The stupid rules, as you call them, are the result of trying to please people like you, who don’t believe that it should be part of the game.

        As long as the majority of people, and players, want fighting in the game, (which they do!) it will stay! The NHL, like any business, is not into making their business purposely lose money. Anybody who thinks otherwise is delusional.

      • davebabychreturns - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        The NHL has decided they want fighting as long as they don’t have to stand their ground and say “that was an ugly injury but it’s part of the game.”

        That’s why we have safety regulations for two guys standing around trading blows.

        You’re right that the league has made a choice to leave it in the game because right now, it is part of the game. But they are tampering with it to try to make it fit within their requirements which is going to have perverse outcomes.

    • hockey412 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      Two words, my friend….Bubble Hockey.

      Have you ever seen the Youtube vids of Bubble Soccer? Imagine Crosby in his bubble flying down the boards and getting crushed by someone like Brad Stuart and just flying around the arena, bouncing safely into the crowd like a beach ball at a concert.

      Good times. Not that I agree or disagree with your point…the visual was just too much to keep to myself.

  4. dkphilly1122 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    This has nothing to do with fighting… was a freak accident. A matter of someone slipping, which could happen during the game when no one is fighting. Fighting will never be taken out of Hockey or they would lose half the fans if not more. If you don’t wanna see fighting in Hockey stick to Baseball or Basketball. It is part of the Sport….that is like taken Kickers out of Football. Fights aren’t a major part of the game, but the sport wouldn’t be the same without them….gets the crowd going and the benches energy to feed off.

    • davebabychreturns - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:46 AM

      This did have to do with fighting, to the extent that it was a product of two big guys taking swings at each other without much of a chance to stay on solid footing while wearing skates on ice.

      The league JUST introduced a rule intended to address “freak accidents” like this, except in this case Parros fell forward instead of backward and his helmet did nothing for him.

      I do agree that this was obviously an accident and an exceptional outcome from the fight – we shouldn’t expect this to happen all the time – but it is certainly forseeable some of the time.

  5. banger60 - Oct 2, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    never want to see that happen but that’s hockey, you take the good with the bad.

  6. xdj511 - Oct 2, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    I think most people can foresee a time now when fighting is phased out of hockey. The “it always was so it always will be” argument is nonsense. Ten game suspensions for leaving the bench during a fight pretty much stopped that from happening (if you’re not David Clarkson). If you ever see old videos bench clearing incidents happened often enough.

    I used to enjoy fighting but now when I see the two “heavyweights” on a team have a pre-meditated scrap four seconds into a game and spend five minutes circling each other and adjusting their elbow pads to throw two punches and have it broken up by the linesmen, I just roll my eyes.

    I like the beauty of the game, the skating, the passing, the acrobatic saves. If fighting disappeared from hockey I wouldn’t miss it.

    • joey4id - Oct 2, 2013 at 1:31 PM

      well said. However, the wrath of pro fight fans will be upon you. :-)

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