Veteran tough guy Parros announces retirement

Montreal Canadiens right wing George Parros (15) announced his retirement after nine NHL seasons. Ringo H.W. Chiu/AP

TORONTO — Veteran forward George Parros announced his retirement Friday after nine NHL seasons.

Parros played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Anaheim Ducks, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens over his career. He had 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) and 1,092 penalty minutes over 474 regular-season games.

"It’s been an honour to play in the greatest league in the world," Parros said in a release issued by the NHL Players’ Association. "Thanks to the organizations I’ve had the good fortune to play for, especially to the Samueli and Molson families. I’ve had the most amazing support from all of the fans who have supported my many endeavours throughout my career, for that I am eternally grateful.

"A final thank you to my parents Jim and Lynne, my wife Tiffany and my children who have made this dream of mine a reality."

Known for his trademark moustache and long hair, Parros became a fan favourite for his tough style of play and his ability to protect teammates on the ice. He made his biggest impact during his run of five-plus seasons with the Ducks and won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.

The 34-year-old native of Washington, Pa., was drafted by the Kings in the eighth round (No. 222) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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