Don Cherry: 'You take your chances'

Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros crashes to the ice after a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs'...

Montreal Canadiens forward George Parros crashes to the ice after a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr on October 1, 2013. (BEN PELOSSE/LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL/QMI AGENCY)

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Old-school hockey die-hard Don Cherry is not taking a seat in the anti-fighting bandwagon anytime soon, despite Tuesday night's distressing injury to George Parros.

Cherry believes Parros, a Montreal Canadiens enforcer who fought twice in the season opener, welcomes the possibility of getting hurt every time he drops the gloves.

"You get in a fight, you get hurt. You take your chances," Cherry told Toronto's Sportsnet 590 The Fan radio station Wednesday.

The awful scene at the Bell Centre -- Parros being stretchered off after being knocked unconscious when his head collided with the ice at the end of a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs' Colton Orr -- has once again opened the discussion surrounding fighting's place in the NHL.

Cherry said the next day outrage was predictable.

"All the anti-fighting people, they'll jump all over that one," he said. "I never, for sure, read the papers when there's a fight like that. They all jump on it. You know, 'it's terrible' and all that bologna."

The Hockey Night in Canada analyst, like most in the hockey community, is not blaming Orr for what happened.

"It was an accident ... George, he's a good guy and everything, but he was the guy that wanted to go with Orr," Cherry said.


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