I don’t talk about it much on here, but I’m a bit of a stickler for the old time hockey that’s slowly being weeded out of our great game. Maybe it’s because I grew up watching Wendel Clark and the boys bash their way to the Conference Finals or Tie Domi break opponents’ fingers with his noggin, but I cringe every time they talk about fully eliminating hits to the head, and have had more than my fair share of heated discussions about the necessity for fighting in hockey. That said, the Leafs had more than their fair share of scraps during the 2010-11 season.
To start things off, we have more than a few gems from Colton Orr, who missed about the last half of the season after suffering a concussion when he smacked the ice after an altercation with George “The Mustache” Parros, but still racked up 6 wins, according to the boys over at dropyourgloves.com. His first fight of the year was a renewal of the continued rivalry with Matt Carkner from Ottawa, and Orr picked up right where he left off at the end of the ’09-10 season.
Next up was a gutsy effort from Orr as he took on the Boogeyman in New York.
There were a couple of losses for Orr along the way, but his next strong effort was against Krys Barch in Dallas.
Zack Stortini of the Edmonton Oilers is a tough customer in his own right, but Orr made him regret opening his mouth, bloodying him up during the Leafs’ trip to Rexall Place in Edmonton.
Orr had a couple good bouts in 2011 before being knocked out for the season, including a great scrap here with Chris Neil.
One more from Orr before moving on – his final fight before his injury was a great back-and-forth tussle with Thrashers’ enforcer Eric Boulton.
Clarke MacArthur made a name for himself with a great offensive season, but more than a few times, he showed he wasn’t afraid to stick up for himself or his teammates. His best bout of the season came here as he ragdolls Chad LaRose after a good whupping.
Anyone that says Luke Schenn didn’t have a good year should take a look at this bout with poor Dale Weise, and think long and hard about whether or not they want to say anything that might make Schenn unhappy with them.
Birthing perhaps the best nickname of the season, rookie Keith “Muhammad” Aulie earned the moniker with his first ever NHL fight against noted Philadelphia pain-in-the-ass Scott Hartnell.
The polite young man that was brought in to fill the void left by Orr’s absence, Jay Rosehill had some epic fights this season – both of the following fights rank up there with the best of the season. First, he goes toe-to-toe with a familiar foe in Francis Lessard, with neither man willing to give an inch or stop punching.
Finally, my pick for fight of the year was this bout from late in the season. Unfortunately, this particular video has Bruins’ homeboy Jack Edwards on the call, but the NESN video shot is better of the fight, so maybe watch it on mute.
Topics: Chad LaRose, Chris Neil, Clarke MacArthur, Colton Orr, Dale Weise, Derek Boogard, Eric Boulton, Francis Lessard, Jay Rosehill, Keith Aulie, Krys Barch, Luke Schenn, Matt Carkner, Milan Lucic, Scott Hartnell, Zack Stortini