|Rangers winger Colton Orr, right, fights with Lightning winger David Koci during the NHL preseason in September, 2008. Orr has been acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs on a four-year deal. (AP/Bill Kostroun, file)
During Colton Orr’s first-ever hockey fight, his poor victim left the arena with a broken nose and a number of stitches.
“I can’t remember his name, I really can’t right now,” Orr, 27, told Sun Media this afternoon, about an hour after signing a deal with the Maple Leafs. “I just remember I was about 15 years old and it was a game in Brandon (Minn.).
“I think I did pretty good.”
Orr has done “pretty good” in most of his scraps, notably the 63 he has taken part in at the NHL level, according to hockeyfights.com.
It is these pugilistic skills that endeared Orr to Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke, who needed only about an hour in the free agency sweepstakes to add the muscle he so badly covets to the Toronto lineup.
The Leafs today inked the former New York Ranger enforcer to a four-year, $4 million deal, adding one of the toughest hombres in the National Hockey League.
Orr, 27, has 547 penalty minutes in just 245 games, many of those accrued during scraps with fellow tough guys such as Georges Laraque. Orr has scored four goals and seven assists in his NHL career.
A Winnipeg native, Orr is thrilled to be a Maple Leaf.
“It’s like a dream come true,” Orr said. “To play in Canada and be a Maple Leaf, well, it hasn’t sunk in yet.
“It’s great for my family too. They don’t have to come as far to watch me play.”
Orr makes no apologies for his love of the fisticuffs.
“What can I say, I enjoy it,” Orr said. “I have fun doing my job. I like standing up for my teammates.”