Known around the NHL for his glorious mustache and fighting prowess, Panthers’ forward George Parros reached a career milestone on Thursday night as he recorded his 1000th career penalty minute. Considering Parros has 148 regular season fights under his belt, it would have been fitting to see him reach the milestone while going toe-to-toe with a Jets’ enforcer, but sadly that would not be the case. At 17:21 in the 2nd period, Parros skated toward the box to serve his astounding 1000th career PIM after taking an unsportsmanlike penalty.
Amazingly, Parros’ accomplishment was embraced by the home crowd at the MTS Center as Jets’ fans showered the Panther enforcer with a bellowing “Parros Mustache!” chant to go along with his career accomplishment.
Considering most enforcers are hated outside of their own home arenas, the fact that Parros has such a broad fanbase is truly a testament to his character and his ability to transcend the typical “goon” persona. In a career built on protecting his teammates and dropping the gloves when called upon, Parros has been able to succeed not just as a fighter, but also as a hockey player. Below, I take a closer look at just how Parros reached the 1000 PIM plateau as well as other ways he could have spent his 1000 minutes lost to the penalty box.
Career PIMs By Team
- Los Angeles Kings – 138
- Anaheim Ducks Ducks – 812
- Florida Panthers – 52
Most Frequent Fight Opponents
- Darcy Hordichuk – 11 total fights.
- Jody Shelley – 8 total fights.
- Raitis Ivanans – 6 total fights.
- Matt Walker – 6 total fights.
- George Parros vs. Todd Fedoruk – January 23, 2006
- George Parros vs. Jody Shelley – December 10, 2007
- George Parros vs. Darcy Hordichuk – April 2, 2010
Other Activities He Could Have Accomplished in 1000 Minutes
- He could have watched both the Back to the Future and Lord of the Rings trilogies in order and still had 1 hr and 38 minutes to spare.
- He could have flown from New York to London and back on Delta Airlines and still had 1 hr and 20 minutes left to hangout at the airport Cinnabon.
- According to MapQuest, he could have driven from the BB&T Center to the Superdome in New Orleans and still had 2 hours and 52 minutes left to take in the local festivities.
- He could have cooked just over 333 packets of Ramen Noodles.
- He could have done “John Basedow’s 8 minute Abs” workout 125 times.
- He could have listened to every “Beastie Boys” studio album twice and still had just over 3 hours to spare.
- Based average playtime, he could have beaten “Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time” for N64.
- He could have cooked just over 83 boxes of Bagel Bites in a conventional oven.
What Does the Future Hold?
At 33-years-old, the only way that Parros could conceivably catch Tiger Williams’ NHL-record 3,966 career PIMs would be if he attacked a referee every game for the next several years. Since that most likely won’t happen, this could be the last major PIM milestone that Parros reaches in his career.
Luckily for Parros, he is more than just a hockey player and his reputation as a humanitarian off of the ice is almost as big as his fighter persona on the ice. In recent years, Parros has been involved in charities that fund cancer research, most notably his “Cut for Kids” campaign. Although today we we celebrate his tough-guy accomplishments on the ice, the good news is that George Parros will most certainly continue to fight for important causes years after he is done fighting other skaters.
As the Panthers welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to the BB&T Center tonight, I encourage all fans to give and extra-loud cheer as Parros takes the ice. Although he reached the 1000 PIM milestone away from home, Panthers’ fans should take a moment to honor the man behind the mustache – not only for his gritty work every game, but also for everything he has accomplished off of the ice.
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