Former Avalanche player opens his business, and heart, for fire victims

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CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- He’s famous for being a tough guy on the ice. But a former Avalanche player is a big softie when it comes to his community.

Scott Parker is doing what he can to help Black Forest fire evacuees and their pets.

He is opening his Castle Rock barber shop to them at 518 Wilcox St.

At Lucky 27 Social Club, besides close shaves, they’re helping people facing close calls with the wild fire.

“We’re using our Lucky 27, our barber shop down here in Castle Rock as a place to bring animals or a place to get out of the smoke and fire and if you need help, come down and we’ll lend a hand,” says Parker.

The retired Stanley Cup winning hockey player takes on a new challenge—along with his wife, Francesca, to help fire evacuees skate by unscathed.

“They have to get out and grab whatever they can. So we just got to get out there, troop together, team it up. That’s one good thing I know about is teamwork,” he says.

Parker and friends get the call to help a dog breeder and trainer in Elbert, where advancing flames have forced the owners to evacuate.

“We have 100 dogs on the property. Plus, two horses and 12 alpacas. And we’re trying to get them all moved to safe places,” says Kathy Fitzpatrick of ACC Ranch.

They and others load up the dogs in their vehicles.

“It’s very stressful. Dogs, I think, can smell that smoke,” says ACC employee Tiffany Whetstine.

That smoke grows closer by the hour.

“Glad we’re here. There’s plenty more people coming,” says Lucky 27 barber Cassius Parker.

Parker’s group takes 11 dogs with them.

“It’s times like this--I’m going to cry--that you realize the good in people. It’s times like this, you’re just overwhelmed with emotions and the people that want to help you,” says Fitzpatrick.

He’s the former Enforcer, taking on a new role as good guy.

Driving defenseless animals far from the flames, back to his barbershop, where there is no score on the board, but the winners are obvious.

“We’ll keep the shop open all night for anybody who is in need,” says Parker.

He also says he will house large animals at his Sedalia ranch if necessary.

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