Lots of fight in Winnipeg Jets scrapper Chris Thorburn

Jets right winger Chris Thorburn got pats on the back for sparking the team with his fisticuffs....

Jets right winger Chris Thorburn got pats on the back for sparking the team with his fisticuffs. (BRIAN DONOGH/QMI Agency)

PAUL FRIESEN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:36 PM ET

 And you thought (ital) you (ital) had an unpleasant job.

With big Anthony Peluso on the shelf with a busted set of knuckles, Chris Thorburn is the resident rumbler for the Winnipeg Jets.

And when bullies like the Toronto Maple Leafs show up, he knows when the bell sounds he’ll wind up in the schoolyard trying to prove it, sometimes against the most renowned scrappers in the NHL.

Tuesday night, just 2:46 in, one of them came calling.

“I just heard my name and turned around — and it was him,” Thorburn was saying, Wednesday. “I knew before the fight what I was getting into.”

Asking for a dance was the Leafs’ Colton Orr, a Winnipegger with well over 100 notches on his big-league belt.

Seconds before the final buzzer, Thorburn got another invitation, a relatively innocuous slash to the back of the legs from Frazer McLaren of the heavyweight division.

This time, two points safely in the bank, Thorburn declined.


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