By Carter Brooks
Photo by Jean Yves-Ahern
The Connecticut Whale of the National Women's Hockey League has announced Colton Orr as head coach.
Colton Orr is coming out of retirement and has found himself back in the game.
Well, he's not planning on lacing up, or dropping the mitts any time soon, but the 37-year-old Winnipeg native has found his way back into the hockey scene following his official retirement from the NHL in late April of 2016.
After nine seasons suiting up for the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Orr has shifted his focus to coaching, and in particular, women’s hockey with the Connecticut Whale.
The Whale spent the past four seasons near the bottom of the standings in the NWHL, including a 2-12-2 record in 16 regular season games in 2018-19.
In mid-May it was also announced that Orr will be serving as the Managing Partner of the local Danbury Colonials of the North American Hockey League, as well as running the Colton Orr Hockey Academy at the Danbury Ice Arena. Currently serving as a participant on CBC's Battle of the Blades, Orr has begun what is shaping up to be a very busy month.
In 477 NHL games, Orr registered 12 goals and 24 points, but his true level of expertise came in the fisticuff department. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound enforcer picked up 1,186 penalty minutes in the regular season, to go along with 48 minutes in 19 postseason contests. Both the 2019-20 NA3HL and NWHL seasons are set to begin in early October.