ECHL Alumni Profile - George Parros
By MIKE ASHMORE
Special to ECHL.com
ANAHEIM -- Of the 467 players to come through the ECHL to get to the NHL, you might not guess that Anaheim Ducks enforcer George Parros is one of the more decorated alumni.
The 31-year-old is entering his seventh NHL season, but already has his name on the greatest trophy in all of sports, as he was part of the 2007 Ducks team that topped the Ottawa Senators to capture the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history.
But before that, Parros was a member of the Reading Royals, skating in three games during the 2004-05 season while collecting nine penalty minutes in the process. Parros has since gone on to rack up 865 penalty minutes over the course of 367 NHL games, all but two of them coming as a member of the Ducks.
Parros was kind enough to speak to ECHL.com after a game at the Honda Center last season, and here's how the conversation went...
Mike Ashmore, ECHL.com: At the time you came to the ECHL, you'd played a full pro season and part of another at the AHL level. Was your assignment to Reading a little difficult to accept at first?
George Parros: "Yeah, it was. I hurt my ankle in camp, and I got sent down there for conditioning, but you never really know when you're going to get called up. It was a long two weeks. But the level of play was similar, so I just had to stay with it. It's definitely something that makes you work harder and makes you earn your spot on the team."
ECHL.com: Does anything stand out about those three games you played? I know it was a while ago...
Parros: "Yeah, it was a while back. But I remember the fans being great. We had a good group of guys, but I just remember honestly just wanting to work my way back to where I'd left off the year before. It wasn't the start I was looking for in that season. I just worked hard and pretty much played my role as usual.
ECHL.com: Did you have any guys chirping at you at all down there? You had 126 PIM's in Manchester the season before, I'd imagine a few guys wanted to try to make a name for themselves...
Parros: "No, not really at all. I don't think we played too many teams that had tough guys. I only played three games, and I don't think there were too many guys out there. I mean, I was running around, but I didn't really get challenged. In fact, I think I was looking for a fight in one game and couldn't find one.
ECHL.com: I'm sure this is a question you get all the time, but hopefully it never gets old for you...tell me about winning the Stanley Cup...
Parros: "It was great. I mean, it's the pinnacle of your career, you know? But we have to try to put it behind us and look forward to hopefully getting another one. You have to have a short memory when it comes to that sort of thing, you have to keep looking towards that next one. When all is said and done, I'll probably look back and be able to enjoy it."
ECHL.com: Was there ever any doubt in your mind that you were bringing it back to New Jersey?
Parros: "(Laughs) Absolutely not. I'd love to do that again."
ECHL.com: I know you're doing some work with charity by selling some "Stache Gear" apparel...can you tell me more about that?
Parros: "Stache Gear" started as a way to have some fun and design some stuff that maybe the fans might be interested in. People do a lot of product on their own around here, so I figured there was a market for it, making T-shirts and stuff like that. It's a way for me to reach out to the fans, and if I can donate some money in the process, then I felt like it was the right thing to do. I had some fun with it, and there's a website for it now for people outside of the Honda Center. It's been pretty good and a cool thing."