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Parros suffers second fight-related concussion of season

Dec 16, 2013, 3:11 PM EDT

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From the Canadian Press:

Montreal Canadiens tough guy George Parros has sustained his second fighting-related concussion of the season.

Parros was stunned by a pair of late punches in a fight with Eric Boulton in Montreal’s 1-0 overtime road win over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Parros was wobbly getting to his feet, but skated off the ice on his own power.

Yesterday, Parros told veteran hockey reporter Michael Farber that he was free of concussion symptoms. But the 33-year-old didn’t play versus the Panthers and will apparently be evaluated this week.

Parros, of course, was taken off a stretcher in the Habs’ season-opener after being injured in a fight with Toronto’s Colton Orr. Though in that case, it was more of a freak accident, with Parros falling and landing face-first on the ice.

Here’s how Parros got hurt versus the Isles:

With all the attention on concussions and the increasing understanding of their long-term effects, you have to wonder what the future holds for Parros’ hockey career. He’s only played nine games this season, registering no points while averaging just 3:56 of ice time. He’s also a pending unrestricted free agent.

  1. sjsharks66 - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    I don’t thin fightings the problem. I think Parros is.. He needs to stop before any serious long term damage happens. He is not the young man he used to be.

  2. joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    Boulton’s punch landed squarely on the the chin of Parros. More proof that fighting can cause concussions. He was concussed earlier this year after engaging with Colton Orr after he his chin hit the ice violently and another courtesy of Boulton last Saturday. This just enforces what the NHL already knows about concussions and that man games missed are 43 times more lilkely to occur from a fight than they are from a body check.

    Some are saying that the Habs may release him. I think it would be best for all parties if the Habs and Parros would part ways. Parros can use his degree in economics obtained at Princeton to start a new career and hopefully he won’t have any repercussions from these and other concussions sustained during his career as an enforcer.

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:21 PM

      Walked down my stairs, stumbled, and hit my head on the ground. More proof that stairs can cause concussions. Let’s remove all stairs from houses too.

      • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        hahahahaha! too funny. Doesn’t sound like it’s the stairs that caused the concussion there buddy. Seems to me it was the ground. :-) Either learn to walk down the stairs or pad the floor so damage from contact to your head can be minimized in case of fall. :-)

      • anthj99 - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:33 PM

        The ice is the real problem here. Remove the ice and Parros wouldn’t have hit his face on it. One person poops their pants, the rest of us gotta wear diapers.

      • slysipops - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM


      • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:04 PM

        anthj99, was Boulton holding a piece of ice when he punched Parros?

    • flyerspsu - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

      “man games missed are 43 times more likely to occur from a fight than they are from a body check”

      and the award goes to joey4id for the most ridiculous, unproven, wrong fact of the day

      • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 10:29 PM

        Unproven? C’mon! How much research did you do to come up with that? Do you research and you’ll conclude for yourself that everything about concussions that I write is factual and verifiable.

        “A study by the NHL’s Hockey Operations department, released April/2011, looked at concussions in the league over the past two seasons. Here are some stats that many have been asking for; Fighting is over 43 times more likely to result in a man-game lost to a concussion than a legal hit is.”

  3. blackhawksdynasty - Dec 16, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Seems joey4 figured out the password to her son’s computer again. Back to her same old tired antics.

    • joey4id - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:59 PM

      It’s never ceases to amaze me how some here resort to childish bantering as opposed to addressing serious issues. Makes me realize many here are still depending and mommy and daddy.

  4. chiadam - Dec 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Meatball fans ( who never personally fight) will hate this, but fighting is stupid. It does not prevent any sort of behavior. It is not a deterrent of any sort. All it does is lead to injuries. If you get rid of fighting, you also get rid of guys that can do nothing but take cheap shots and fight. Then the game stops being about retribution and starts being about – GASP – which team is better at playing hockey!

    • WillIEverSeeACupInMyLife? - Dec 16, 2013 at 8:28 PM

      Then why do over 90 percent of NHL players support fighting? I say let them vote on it once every 5 years and anyone else who DOESN’T PLAY have no say.

      • flyerspsu - Dec 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        99 % actually

  5. slysipops - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    class guy….but maybe getting too old for his role ! retirement might be best for him !

  6. montrealbbr - Dec 16, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    A real class act who fights with honor. Shawn Thornton could learn a thing or two from a guy like this. What a shame he has another concussion.

    • slysipops - Dec 16, 2013 at 7:23 PM

      as can be noticed …… the majority don’t know what honor means

  7. flash8910 - Dec 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    George – I am a big fan of yours from the Ducks days. However, enough is enough. You need to call it a career. I don’t want to see anything else bad happen to you.

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