On the ice, he's known as the enforcer, the team's tough guy, whose signature is his large mustache and long hair. But Monday was the day for George Parros's annual haircut, benefiting the Childhood Leukemia Foundation. His locks, along with those of at least 30 of his fans, will be used to make custom-made wigs for kids with cancer.
"What really sparked me getting involved with all this was just that my hair was long and I heard about the ability to do this and I've been doing it ever since," said Parros Monday.
Parros is a Ducks fan favorite, so it's no surprise that the tall and handsome right winger drew a large crowd outside the ESPN Sports Zone. Some were spectators. Others like Rachel Lockwood were participants for the charity, shearing off 12 inches of her hair.
"I am a huge, huge fan," said Parros fan Rachel Lockwood. "I never would have cut my hair like this. But just the opportunity to meet him, it was totally worth it."
Six-year-old Alexandra Buchmayer dressed in her Anaheim Ducks jersey and hat and came with her dad, hoping to meet her favorite hockey star.
"I'm going to kiss him and I'm going to say, 'I love you, George Parros,'" said Alexandra.
No kiss, but she did get a high five. And a front-row spot to watch Parros get his hair chopped.
As for the mustache ... "Mustache stays," said Parros. "No clippers are getting near it."
And what does Parros think about sporting a short haircut?
"I don't have to worry about it being in my eyes during a fight, so it's really nice right now," said Parros.
The fans are happy and he kept the mustache. The Childhood Leukemia Foundation raised money, with fans paying $10 each to get their picture taken with George Parros.
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