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Your Call: Does Parros-Orr incident change your thinking?

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10/2/2013 1:59:27 PM
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Much of the excitement of opening night in the National Hockey League was muted on Tuesday when Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros was taken off the Bell Centre ice on a stretcher after engaging in a fight with Maple Leafs forward Colton Orr.

Parros was hurt when the Toronto player lost his balance and pulled Parros over him to the ice. The Canadiens enforcer landed face first, lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital. On Wednesday, he was diagnosed with a concussion.

"You never want to see a guy get hurt like that. It's a scary situation, I just hope he's all right," said Orr, who had already fought with Parros earlier in the game.

"It's scary, it's not fun to watch. I don't know what else to say," said Canadiens teammate Lars Eller.

It was an ugly moment on a night that was otherwise reserved for celebration. But the injury re-opens a familiar question for hockey fans: does Tuesday's incident in Montreal change your feelings about fighting in hockey?

Time and time again, NHL players have been polled about whether to ban fighting from the game and time and time again, there has been heavy resistance to removing the fisticuffs.

It appears that the image of Parros being removed on a stretcher is still not enough to sway some hockey opinions.

"Hockey is a game that needs fighting in it," said Ottawa Senators head coach Paul MacLean on Wednesday after his team's morning skate.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger reported on Wednesday that while Flyers forward Vincent Lecavalier is sensitive to Parros' injury, he says he would still vote in favour of keeping fighting.

"Part of the game," Lecavalier told Dreger.

Will fighting leave the game anytime soon? TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie gave his opinion on the incident during a post-game discussion with That's Hockey host Gino Reda.

"The culture of hockey is such that the decision-makers - the players, the coaches, the managers, the owners, the administrators - they don't want any appreciable difference to the games," he said. "So the debate will rage on as George Parros recovers from that, but I don't anticipate anything is going to change because it hasn't in the past."

Several other fights that produced knockouts and concussions in recent memory have not produced change. Chances are the Parros injury won't either.

But does Tuesday's incident in Montreal change your feelings about fighting in hockey?

As always, It's Your! Call.

Parros and Orr (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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