READING, Pa.- The offseason is in full swing and it’s time to bring back the where are they now series where we look back at former Reading Royals and see what they have been up to since leaving Reading. For this installment, our player is George Parros.
George was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the eighth round (222nd overall) in the 1999 NHL draft after spending one season with the Chicago Freeze of the NAHL. In 54 games that year, Parros piled up 50 points (30G, 20A) and 126 penalty minutes. Parros wouldn’t join the Kings organization until the spring of 2003 when his college hockey days at Princeton University came to an end. While at the Ivy League school, he played in 111 games, picking up 52 points (20G, 32A), was the team’s captain during his senior season and earned a degree in economics.
During the 2004-05 season, Parros would get some time down in the ECHL with the Reading Royals. However, he was only down for three games and failed to pick up a point. He did have nine penalty minutes next to his name which is nothing compared to the 247 he picked up in 67 games with the Manchester Monarchs that season.
After spending four seasons in the Kings organization, George left in the summer of 2006 and signed with the Colorado Avalanche. His time in Colorado was shorter than his time in Reading as he played in only two games before being traded to the Anaheim Ducks for two draft picks in mid-November.
While in Anaheim, George became a fan favorite for his goon-like mentality. During his six seasons as a Duck, he would only chip in 28 points, but ended his tenure with the second most penalty minutes, 812, in 356 games. Corey Perry, who has currently 1,083 penalty minutes, is the franchise’s penalty minute leader.
On June 6, 2007, Parros was a member of the team that helped the Anaheim Ducks capture their first Stanley Cup, eliminating the Ottawa Senators in five games. Parros would become the first former Reading Royals player to have his name on Lord Stanley’s Cup. There have been four other players on it since, including Los Angeles Kings netminder Jonathan Quick, who is the only former Royal to have his name on the hallowed trophy more than once.
After six seasons in the Golden State, Parros decided to leave for the Sunshine State and signed with the Florida Panthers in free agency before the start of the 2012-13 season. In one season as a Panther, Parros would pick up only two points; one goal and one assist, while continuing to rack up the penalty minutes, collecting 57 of them in 39 games with Florida. In July 2013, Parros was sent to the Montreal Canadiens.
In his first game with the Canadiens, Parros would sustain a serious injury as following a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr. Parros would leave the game on a stretcher following hitting the ice hard after a fight. Parros was sent to the hospital and was diagnosed with only a concussion.
He would only play in 22 games with Montreal that season before hanging up the skates for good in December 2013 season after nine professional seasons. In those nine NHL seasons, Parros would appear in 474 games and picked up 36 points (18 goals and 18 assists) and tallied just under 1,092 penalty minutes.
In September of 2016, Parros decided to put his Ivy League degree to good use as he returned to the NHL, but this time as a member of the league’s department of player safety. One year later, Parros was promoted to head of the department, a move that was met with a great deal of controversy. When he was promoted, Parros said, “What uniquely positions me for the job is that I played the game as physically as anybody and I never once was fined or suspended.”
The 2018-19 season will be Parros’ second as head of the NHL’s safety department.