The inaugural edition of the Brain-Bashing Early Warning System goes out to the Pittsburgh Penguins. The general idea of this newly-conceived injury prevention system is to give NHL enforcers and wannabe tough guys around the league a brief reminder that Mr. Colton Orr will be coming to town, and his two fists, codenamed Truth and Justice, will be policing the rink this evening. It also gives me a chance to glorify one of the more villified aspects of the game that I believe is an integral part of hockey, without having to get up on my soapbox and preach about protecting superstars and keeping jackasses in line.
Since this is the first edition of the Brain-Bashing Warning System, here’s a quick rundown of the champ’s resume:
Colton Orr stands 6’3, 222 lbs, and finished last season with an impressive fight record of 15-4-5 (courtesy of the boys over at dropyourgloves.com). He started this season right where he left off last year, pummeling Matt Carkner in their first interaction of the new season, to improve his record to 1-0 on the year.
The primary enforcer on the Penguins’ roster is Eric Godard, who should be quite familiar with Orr’s abilities, considering they’ve fought five times in the last two seasons, mostly while Orr was a member of the Pens’ Atlantic Division-counterpart New York Rangers. Orr won the only fight between the two last season, which, coincidentally came in the first meeting between the Leafs and Pens on October 10.
Godard has shown he can handle himself with Colton, but the same can’t be said for agitator Matt Cooke, who hit the ground quicker than a runny dog turd when he was one-punched by Evander Kane last year. But, that’s why we at Editor-in-Leaf have taken it upon ourselves to go ahead of the Leafs and warn all wannabe badasses that they better be able to back up all their antics, or risk becoming the next victim of a Brain-Bashing.