NHL Tough Guy Parros Joins League’s Player Safety Department

No one messed with George Parros

One of the most feared enforcers in the National Hockey League during his playing days, Princeton graduate George Parros is now moving into a front office job with the Department of Player Safety.

His aggressive style belied his Ivy League education as he was known for whacking rivals when he thought they needed it and to shake up his teams at the same time.

Parros played 474 games over nine seasons, winning the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007.

He also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens, finishing with only 36 points but 1,092 penalty minutes and a reputation for someone you didn’t want to mess with. He retired in 2014.

NHL Senior Vice President of Player Safety Stephane Quintal announced the hire of the Randolph, New Jersey native who majored in economics at Princeton.

He joins fellow tough guy Chris Pronger in the department that determines fines and suspensions for on-ice infractions, a field both specialized in and know well.

He was Princeton’s captain. He wrote his senior thesis on the West Coast longshoremen’s labor dispute and the Sporting News named him the fourth-smartest athlete in sports but he could take care of himself on the ice too, at 6-5, 232 lbs. and was known for his toughness and mustache.