(Source: TorontoSun.com) — Once known as one of the NHL’s top pugilists, George Parros will now be an enforcer of a different kind.
One in charge of enforcing the rules.
In accepting the role of being in charge of NHL player safety, Parros was quick to point out that he was never suspended or fined in his NHL career despite his resume of 159 fights and 1,127 career penalty minutes.
“I know where that line is,” Parros said during an interview late Thursday. “I know how to protect my guys or intimidate, but not injure or hurt.”
I’m a little late to the party on this one but before it passed too long I just wanted to say I LOVE this hire. Love it. George Parros is the exact type of person/former player needed to hold this position. Reason #1; he won’t protect the hack artists.
I’ve long said, like most of you, that if we’re all forced to gag on the instigator rule that only exists to protect the players that continually slash and hack their way through a season then the suspensions need to be ramped up dramatically.
“If you can tell that something was done on purpose and it has nothing to do with the play … whether it’s stickwork into a guy’s face or something like that, these non-hockey types of plays, these major incidents that don’t happen too often … I’d like to come down harder on those,” Parros said, in the article linked. “Obviously (stick work) it’s something that’s becoming a problem.”
This was the quote I wanted to hear from Parros and we all got it. A buddy I grew up playing selects and college summer hockey with every year played at Princeton with Parros. The guy is no dummy. He’ll make intelligent discipline decisions, something the NHL has never consistently gotten right, while utilizing his firsthand enforcer knowledge and experience. It’s a perfect fit for his new role.
In fact, I think the only thing possibly lacking about the Parros hire is that the discipline hearing isn’t an actual fight with Parros himself. It should be. Offenders should have to walk into his office and drop the gloves. If Parros wins the offender serves 10 games minimum for stickwork. If Parros loses the offender only serves 1 game but has to buy him dinner.
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