Toughness is innate to hockey its culture its lore but no one is immune to regular human emotion.
So when Montreal Canadiens enforcer George Parros clattered face first to the ice during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr it was a traumatic experience even for men who play the sport at its highest level.
One Hab privately said the impact was the most sickening thing he’s witnessed several publicly admitted to being frightened at the sight of Parros lying motionless.
“It’s scary it’s not fun to watch. I don’t know what else to say” said Canadiens forward Lars Eller (who had his own fear-inducing moment in the playoffs last year when he was clocked by Ottawa’s Eric Gryba).
There was palpable emotion in the Canadiens’ dressing room after the game – the teams had to play more than 17 minutes after Parros was carted off – unspoken was the fact the Bell Centre ice surface has seen more than its fair share of horrific incidents over the years (Zdeno Chara’s hit on Ma...