Montreal Canadiens tough guy George Parros was carried off on a stretcher early in the third period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday night in what was a frightening moment.
George Parros' fellow combatant Colton Orr signalled that something was wrong as the Montreal Canadiens forward lay motionless on the ice.
Parros had just finished a bout with the Leafs forward, but it was the ice that dealt the biggest blow and caused him to leave on a stretcher in what was a frightening and bloody scene.
Early in the third period of the Leafs' season-opening 4-3 win on Hockey Night in Canada on CBC, Parros and Orr dropped the gloves and the Canadiens tough guy's hands appeared to get tied up with Orr's. Parros fell forward, nailing his head face-first into the cold, hard surface.
Habs fans chanted the enforcer's name as he was tended to by trainers and lifted on to the stretcher.
There was no immediate word on his condition but he appeared to be moving his extremities as he was carried off, and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.
Hockey Night in Canada's Elliotte Friedman reported the Canadiens announced Parros has a concussion.
Rod PerryRod grew up in the west end of Toronto and did his undergraduate degree at Wilfrid Laurier University, majoring in English and minoring in Psychology. He's always had an infatuation with anything sports-related and took his passion to Centennial College's sports journalism program for a post-graduate education. He's also still miffed about the Kelly Gruber botched triple play call in the 1992 World Series.