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Bash With The 'Stache

Thursday, August 07, 2008

By: Craig Stancher, USA Hockey Magazine Contributer

Sprawling hills nestled into a scenic suburban setting is not what most people picture when they think of New Jersey. Then again, an all-academic performer from Princeton University isn't typically associated with the title of NHL enforcer, either.

But so goes George Parros, the mustachioed, longhaired NHL tough guy with an Economics degree from an Ivy League university. Intelligent and articulate in conversation, Parros may just have the vernacular to trash talk circles around opposing enforcers when he takes to the ice for the Anaheim Ducks.

Though born in Pennsylvania, Parros spent the majority of his childhood in Randolph, a suburb located within the New Jersey Highlands and a town where, according to Parros, hockey was more of an afterthought in comparison to football.

Parros played high school hockey at the Delbarton School in Morristown during his teen years, and while he won Rookie of the Year honors followed by All-State recognition as an upper classman, he admits that he didn't expect to play after graduation due to a lack of exposure and emphasis on hockey in his area.

As fate would have it, Parros lived only an hour from Princeton University and caught his big break when he was noticed during an offseason event.

"I was in a summer tournament, and one of Princeton's goalies was working the camp and they told him to watch me play," said the 6-foot-5, 229-pound forward. "They happened to like what they saw."

To read the rest of Craig Stancher's story - including how George Parros is using his trademark long locks to give back to a worthy cause - please click here.