George Parros ’03, right, with stylist Vincent Vu at his 2007 Locks of Love haircut. (Courtesy the Anaheim Ducks)
Anaheim Ducks right wing George Parros ’03 seems to embrace contrasts. He didn’t let his Ivy League pedigree prevent him from becoming a rough-and-tumble enforcer in the NHL. (“I know, I should be in a blue blazer and ascot,” Parros joked in a 2008 PAW interview.) And he’s not letting his tough on-ice persona get in the way of his charitable side.
The long-haired, mustachioed Parros, known affectionately as “the ’Stache,” grows his locks out each year and then donates the hair to Locks of Love, a charity that makes wigs for children who are undergoing cancer treatment. (His next big haircut is scheduled for Dec. 14.) Last week, Parros also launched a line of ’Stache Gear T-shirts and hats, on sale at Ducks games. Proceeds benefit the Childhood Leukemia Foundation and the Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation, and in its first weekend, the project raised $7,500.
Parros told ESPN.com that the hair-and-mustache mania has roots in his pre-professional days. “All my coaches in high school and college wouldn’t let me grow my hair out,” he said. “So my first year in pro hockey, I let my hair grow out. It was getting long around Christmas and someone told me about Locks of Love at the time. I figured if I was going to cut if off, I might as well do something good with it. And it kind of started from there.”
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