Colton Orr

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Colton Orr
Colton Orr.jpg
Born (1982-03-03) March 3, 1982 (age 32)
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 228 lb (103 kg; 16 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
Toronto Maple Leafs
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 in the National Hockey League for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is known as an enforcer for his physical style of play and regularly dropping the gloves.

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. 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 NHL season. He played most of the season as well as the 2004-05 lockout season with the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, playing 125 games, scoring twelve points, and recording 536 penalty minutes.

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

Orr saw his playing time increase over three consecutive seasons in New York, dressing in 53 in 2006-07, 74 in 2007-08, and a full 82 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 and added four more goals with the Rangers along with 478 penalty minutes.

On July 1, 2009, Orr signed a four-year, $4 million contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Orr would finish the season with career highs in 239 penalty minutes and also 4 goals and 6 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, 2 goals and 128 penalty minutes.

Orr was declared ready to play at the start of the 2011-12 NHL 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 1 and half years left 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 the 48 games in the 2012-2013 NHL season with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He scored one goal and had three assists in the regular season. He also played in all seven of the Leafs' playoff games. In the regular season, Orr led the league in penalty minutes, with 155.

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

Personal life[edit]

Orr has been married to wife Sabrina (née Gejac) for five years and has a thirteen-month-old daughter named Charlotte.[5]

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 23 22 55 130 12 1 0 1 25
2000–01 Swift Current Broncos WHL 19 15 24 39 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
NHL totals 476 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. ^ "Leafs Orr keeps fighting, providing for family". 2013-09-28. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

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