NHL tough guy Parros retires after 9 seasons

TORONTO (AP) Veteran forward George Parros announced his retirement Friday after nine NHL seasons.

Known for his trademark mustache and long hair, Parros became a fan favorite for his tough style of play and protecting teammates on the ice. He made his biggest impact during his run of five-plus seasons with Anaheim, winning the 2007 Stanley Cup with the Ducks.

Parros also played for the Los Angeles Kings, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers and Montreal Canadiens during his career. He had 36 points (18 goals, 18 assists) and 1,092 penalty minutes over 474 regular-season games.

The 34-year-old native of Washington, Pennsylvania, was drafted by the Kings in the eighth round of the 1999 NHL draft.

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