George Parros First Player To Go From Royals To Stanley Cup Finals

Rugged Winger Played Three Games For Reading In 2004 Now A Member of NHL Finalist Anaheim Ducks
<P>Reading, PA – George Parros, who played three games with the Reading Royals in 2004, will become the first former member of the Royals to&nbsp;make the National Hockey League’s&nbsp;Stanley Cup Finals when the Anaheim Ducks face the Ottawa Senators on Monday. Parros, who was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, played thirty-two regular season with the Ducks this year, scoring a goal and leading the team in penalty minutes with 102. Parros, an eighth round pick of the Los Angeles Kings in 1999, has played in five of the Ducks’ playoff games as they have made their way to the&nbsp;NHL&nbsp;finals. A graduate of Princeton University, Parros racked up nine penalty minutes in his stint with Reading, which included a fighting major assessed as a result of a tilt with Jay Leach 47 seconds into the Royals 3-2 loss to the Trenton Titans on October 23, 2004.</P>
<P>The only other Royal to play for a Stanley Cup finalist was Darryl LaPlante, who played two regular season games with the Detroit Red Wings during their 1997-98 Stanley Cup Championship season. Although LaPlante did not play in a playoff game for the Wings, he did travel as a member of the team during their Stanley Cup run. LaPlante&nbsp;played nine games with the Royals in 2003.</P>
<P>This marks the seventh consecutive year a former ECHL player will be a member of the National Hockey League Champion. In addition to Parros, the ECHL is represented in the Stanley Cup Finals by Anaheim assistant coach Dave Farrish and Ducks player Francois Beauchemin and by Ottawa players Joe Corvo, Chris Neil and Lawrence Nycholat. </P>
<P>For the sixth consecutive year that the Stanley Cup was awarded, the ECHL was represented in 2006 by Carolina head coach Peter Laviolette, who became the first ECHL coach to hoist the coveted trophy, Chad LaRose, Andrew Hutchinson and assistant athletic trainer Chris Stewart. </P>
<P>The ECHL was represented on each of the 16 teams in the Stanley Cup Playoffs including more than 30 players for the second year in a row and over 25 players for the fourth straight season. For the third year in a row there were six former ECHL coaches behind the benches of teams in the NHL postseason. Four referees and three linesmen with ECHL experience worked the Stanley Cup Playoffs, seven of the 15 former league officials who worked in the NHL in 2006-07. </P>
<P>There are 11 former ECHL players whose names are on the Stanley Cup: Chad LaRose and Andrew Hutchinson (Carolina – 2006), Ruslan Fedotenko, Nolan Pratt and Andre Roy (Tampa Bay