Colton Orr

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Colton Orr
Colton Orr.jpg
Born (1982-03-03) March 3, 1982 (age 33)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 222 lb (101 kg; 15 st 12 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Boston Bruins
New York Rangers
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Colton Douglas Orr (born March 3, 1982) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player currently playing for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League (AHL) whilst under contract to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is known as an enforcer for his physical style of play and for regularly fighting.

Playing career[edit]

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Orr played junior hockey for the Swift Current Broncos, Kamloops Blazers and Regina Pats in Western Hockey League (WHL). Orr went undrafted and signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins. He played his first NHL game against the Washington Capitals, the only game he played in the 2003–04 season. He played most of the 2003–04 season, as well as the following, lockout-cancelled 2004–05 season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL), playing 125 games, scoring 12 points and recording 536 penalty minutes.

Orr played as regular early in the 2005–06 season with the Bruins, but was shortly waived, where on November 29, 2005, the New York Rangers claimed him off waivers. He scored his first NHL point in 15 games with the Rangers, as well as dressing for one Stanley Cup playoff game against the New Jersey Devils.

Orr saw his playing time increase over three consecutive seasons in New York, dressing in 53 games in 2006–07, 74 games in 2007–08 and a full 82-game season in 2008–09. On December 31, 2006, Orr was suspended for five games by the NHL for a cross check to the face of Washington Capitals' Alexander Ovechkin in the third period of a December 30 game at Madison Square Garden. Ovechkin was uninjured, but NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell termed Orr's infraction "reckless."[1] Later in the season, Orr scored his first NHL goal in a February 9, 2007, game against the Tampa Bay Lightning's Johan Holmqvist, adding four more goals with the Rangers along with 478 penalty minutes in his stint in New York.

On July 1, 2009, Orr signed a four-year, $4 million contract as a free with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Orr would finish the season with career highs in penalty minutes (239) whilst adding four goals and six points.[2]

His next year with the Maple Leafs was cut short after suffering a concussion in a fight with Anaheim Ducks' enforcer George Parros. Orr was out for the year and finished the season with 46 games, two goals and 128 penalty minutes.

Orr was declared ready to play at the start of the 2011–12 season, but saw a dramatically-reduced role with Toronto, playing only five games, scoring one goal and getting into one fight. On January 4, 2012, Orr was placed on waivers by the Maple Leafs, with only one-and-a-half years remaining on his contract. He was assigned to the Toronto Marlies of the AHL the next day.[3] Orr played 26 games with the Marlies, scoring one goal and adding 46 penalty minutes.

Orr played in 44 of 48 games in the lockout-shortened 2012–13 season with Toronto, scoring one goal and adding three assists while leading the NHL in penalty minutes, with 155. He also played in all seven of the Maple Leafs' 2013 playoff games against his former team, the Boston Bruins.

On June 13, 2013, the Maple Leafs re-signed Orr to a two-year contract extension worth $1.85 million. On October 1, 2013, while playing for Toronto in their home opener against the Montreal Canadiens, Orr engaged once again with George Parros (who had been traded from the Ducks to the Canadiens during the off-season) in the third period. Parros lost his balance and fell headfirst to the ice, where he was subsequently taken off on a stretcher and later diagnosed with a concussion.[4]

Orr failed to make the Maple Leafs' roster out of training camp for the 2014–15 season and was assigned to the Toronto Marlies after clearing waivers. However, he was called up on April 9, 2015, to play in the last game of the season on April 11, as appreciation for his services.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Orr has been married to wife Sabrina (née Gejac) since 2008 and has a daughter named Charlotte.[6]

Orr is not related to Bobby Orr, though the Hall of Famer has served as his agent.

During the 2001 Canada Games Colton Orr represented Manitoba as a soccer goalkeeper.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 Swift Current Broncos WHL 2 0 0 0 0
1999–00 Swift Current Broncos WHL 61 3 2 5 130 12 1 0 1 25
2000–01 Swift Current Broncos WHL 19 0 4 4 67
2000–01 Kamloops Blazers WHL 41 8 1 9 179 3 0 0 0 20
2001–02 Kamloops Blazers WHL 1 0 0 0 7 2 0 0 0 2
2002–03 Kamloops Blazers WHL 3 2 0 2 17
2002–03 Regina Pats WHL 37 6 2 8 170 3 0 0 0 19
2002–03 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 0 0 7
2003–04 Providence Bruins AHL 64 1 4 5 257 2 0 0 0 9
2003–04 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2004–05 Providence Bruins AHL 61 1 6 7 279 17 1 0 1 44
2005–06 Boston Bruins NHL 20 0 0 0 27
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 15 0 1 1 44 1 0 0 0 2
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 53 2 1 3 126 4 0 0 0 12
2007–08 New York Rangers NHL 74 1 1 2 159 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 New York Rangers NHL 82 1 4 5 193 5 0 0 0 16
2009–10 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 82 4 2 6 239
2010–11 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 2 0 2 128
2011–12 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 5 1 0 1 5
2011–12 Toronto Marlies AHL 26 1 0 1 46 8 0 0 0 9
2012–13 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 44 1 3 4 155 7 0 0 0 18
2013–14 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 54 0 0 0 110
2014–15 Toronto Marlies AHL 14 0 0 0 4
2014–15 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 1 0 0 0 0
NHL totals 477 12 12 24 1186 19 0 0 0 48

Awards[edit]

  • 2008 Victoria Cup as a member of the New York Rangers.
  • Won The Hockey News's Bob Probert Award for Best Fighter as a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2013.
  • Led NHL in penalty minutes in 2013.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL suspends Rangers' Orr, Capitals' Brashear". NHL. 2006-12-31. Retrieved 2007-01-05. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Maple Leafs sign Orr to four-year deal". The Sports Network. 2009-07-01. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  3. ^ The Canadian Press (2012-05-01). "Burke sends Orr to the minors, bemoans the lack of fighting in the NHL". The Hockey News. Retrieved 2012-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Montreal Canadiens George Parros suffered concussion". ESPN. 2013-10-01. Retrieved 2013-10-01. 
  5. ^ "Maple Leafs recall Colton Orr for season-ending game against Montreal". Toronto Star. 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2015-05-18. 
  6. ^ "Leafs Orr keeps fighting, providing for family". 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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