NHL fighter George Parros

The Parros Effect: Yzerman, Shero, GMs look to eliminate fighting from NHL

Steve Yzerman and Ray Shero have joined other general manager who'd like to either heavily penalize fighting or ban it altogether.

addCustomPlayer(‘1y26jzrmtw9a410c07v2nolvtb’, ‘891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc’, ‘1r1mh4sdbhtwc1srdj1usip0o8’, 700, 474, ‘perf1y26jzrmtw9a410c07v2nolvtb-1r1mh4sdbhtwc1srdj1usip0o8’, ‘eplayer17’, {age:1371231655000});



That clip above and the injury that follows should probably be left to don the banner of another story. George Parros has fought more times than anyone reading this, and he seems to enjoy it – he seems to relish in his role. Colton Orr gets by the same way, and he fought five times in Tuesday night’s season opener against the Montreal Canadiens. Five times.

Parros’s injury was a fluke. That fall could have happened in the corner chasing a puck, it could have happened on a breakaway gone bad, and it could have happened crossing street.

But it didn’t. It happened in a fight.

“Yes, I believe a player should get a game misconduct for fighting,” Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman told TSN’s Darren Dreger.

“We penalize and suspend players for making contact with the head while checking, in an effort to reduce head injuries, yet we still allow fighting.”

Normally, if Yzerman’s misconduct rule was in play, Parros would be the penalized. But, on Tuesday, he was the victim. It was Parros who went Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump over Orr’s crumbling body. It was Parros who was carted off the ice at the Bell Centre. And it’s Parros’s injury that has revived the debate surrounding fighting and hockey and heads – as if that debate ever went away. The nature of his injury will only complicate the matter more, but the matter is here to stay.

On Wednesday, three NHL general managers – Yzerman included, along with Carolina’s Jim Rutherford and Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero – weighed in, and their comments could tell us more about the state of fighting in hockey than any of the blustering winds blown in from Brian Burke’s huff-and-puff, tie-slightly-undone stage rants ever could.

The trio of GMs were then joined by legendary coach Scotty Bowman, who Tweeted his support:

“It’s a pretty complex issue,” Bowman told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun. “But with the emphasis on hits to the head, and the seriousness of concussions, if you look at fighting, it’s mostly hits to the head. It’s something that has to be looked at.”

Fighters is an endangered species already – respected but gone Dodo – and the majority might not oppose it anymore.

“We’re stuck in the middle and need to decide what kind of sport do we want to be,” Yzerman said. “Either anything goes and we accept the consequences, or take the next step and eliminate fighting.”

A game misconduct would erase fighting’s future in hockey, at least through a phase-out process, in the same way the grandfather rule will make visors universal and hybrid icing will soon become no-touch icing.

Yzerman knows this. He should, at least. Steve Y is one of the greatest players in NHL history, winning three Stanley Cups in 22 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings. He retired as the league’s sixth all-time points leader, and (as Dreger pointed out in his TSN article) played alongside several fighters like Darren McCarty and Bob Probert.

Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Jim Rutherford was a little more direct:

“We’ve got to get rid of fighting, it has to go.”

And then there’s Pittsburgh GM Ray Shero, whose father was the mastermind behing the nasty act deployed by the Philadelphia Flyers’ 1970’s Broad Street Bullies. Shero’s taste for speed, skill, and all things Crosby-slash-Malkin is a bit of a switch on his Pops’ violent squads from the Era of Disco, and the family’s revolution hasn’t stopped with their recruiting preferences… apparently.

from TSN.ca:

Pittsburgh’s Ray Shero has been a strong advocate in the league’s crackdown on checking to the head. He believes that the NHL has a responsibility to consider a ban on fighting and not just simply raise the discussion when an isolated incident happens.

“It won’t happen overnight, but we need to be leaders, not followers in this area,” he explained. “I respect other GMs and their views, but we need to look at this and not just when an incident like last night (Parros) happens.”

Parris was released from a Montreal hospital on Tuesday night, and was diagnosed with a concussion.

Just Posted

Summerland cannabis shop receives approval in principle

Inspection now required before Green Gaia may sell cannabis

Second-quarter police report shows assault, theft on the rise in Vernon

Through the first half of 2019, assault was up 61 per cent from the same period last year

Paddleboard festival coming soon to Kalamalka Lake

Wildfire smoke got in the way of last year’s event, but conditions look better this summer

Musicians ‘Singing Under the Stars’ at Vernon nature centre

Taylor Soloy, Cole Blakely and Karim Ghossein will perform at the Glasslands theatre on Aug. 22

VIDEO: Langley Ribfest met with protesters

Groups that oppose the event for various reasons plan to be on site each of the three days.

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

PHOTOS: Weapons seized at Portland right-wing rally, counterprotests

Not all who gathered Saturday were with right-wing groups or antifa

Good morning bats! Salmon Arm office receives surprise visit by winged critters

Pair of bats found huddled together on wall in the sun outside downtown office

Retrieved body from Okanagan Lake identified as missing kayaker

Zygmunt Janiewicz had been missing since May and was recovered Aug. 10

Most Read