The Canadiens announced an update on George Parros’s medical condition Wednesday morning, saying he has been released from hospital, has a concussion and will be out indefinitely.
Parros was engaging in his second fight of the night with Toronto’s Colton Orr when he lost his balance and landed face first on the ice during Tuesday’s season-opening 4-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
“He has a concussion and he’s in the hospital,” coach Michel Therrien told reporters after the game. “He showed a lot of character and it was just bad luck.”
Parros had to be stabilized and taken taken from the ice on a gurney, but the Canadiens said he was alert when he was taken to the dressing room. He was then transported to the hospital where he was held overnight for observation. The preliminary indications were that he didn’t reinjure his shoulder. He underwent rotator cuff surgery in the off-season.
“We’ve seen too many of those incidents in this building,” said Lars Eller, who suffered a concussion last year when he was hit by Ottawa’s Eric Gryba. “When you see something like that, you just hope that he’s okay and you think about his family. When that happens, you try to refocus but it’s hard to think about hockey.”
Parros sent out a tweet Wednesday morning, writing: “Thanks for all the well wishes everyone #classyfollowers”
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The Canadiens have the day off Wednesday and will practise Thursday afternoon in Lac-Megantic. Their next game is Saturday night at the Bell Centre against the Philadelphia Flyers.
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