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Detroit’s Tootoo on fighting: “That’s part of my DNA”

Jan 31, 2013, 2:36 PM EDT

With three fighting majors in his first six games as a Red Wing, Jordin Tootoo has made it pretty clear chucking knuckles will be a major part of his role this season.

And just in case there was any doubt, he told the Macomb Daily the same thing.

“That’s part of my DNA, to bring emotion into the game and having guys feed off of that,” Tootoo said. “I feel great. Let’s get after it again. I still had one more fight in me. I mean, it is what it is, but it is all part of the game.

“For me I don’t mind doing that part.”

It didn’t take Tootoo long to register his first fight wearing the winged wheel. After going silent in a 6-0 drubbing in St. Louis to open the season, he started off the next game with a scrap against Columbus’ Jared Boll:

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Three games later, Tootoo was back at it again, this time fighting Dallas’ Eric Nystrom off the hop:

Then — 16 minutes later — Tootoo got into a spirited tilt with Brenden Dillon:

Tootoo’s enthusiasm for fighting — and number of fights — isn’t something the Red Wings are used to.

They finished with the fewest fighting majors (15) in the league last season…and in 2010-11 (with 13)…and in 2009-10 (with 19).

Amazingly, there was actually one season — 2006-07 — where Tootoo fought more times (12) than the entire Detroit team (10).

“We’re not really used to seeing that,” Wings goalie Jimmy Howard said. “But Toots goes out there and sets the tone for us, whether it’s a big hit or dropping the gloves.

“He got the crowd into it early for us.”

  1. hockinj25 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    That’s one of the main reasons they signed him. He’s just doing his job.

    • polegojim - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM

      Much needed and appreciated. Too bad Ericsson doesn’t have the balls for it.

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    “Toots”?

    • ibieiniid - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      i’ll assume the Redwings are the Maytals.

  3. darksidecowboy - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    Hope the scumbag enjoyed the WEST TEXAS PUMPJACK from Dillon, I know I loved watching him get his ass kicked.

    • ibieiniid - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:57 PM

      what fight were you watching?

      • polegojim - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        No kidding… one tough dude that nobody looks forward to scrapping with.

  4. 0ffsides - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    Detroit has needed a pugilist like Tootoo since Darren McCarty’s first stint with the Wings ended. The Wings have too much skill at stake for others to take umbrage against it’s best players. Tootoo doesn’t represent the way Probet, Kocur and Crowder did but he’s all they got right now, fight on!

    • 0ffsides - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

      Forgot to add Stu Grimson…the Grim Reaper! Youtube him kids.

    • polegojim - Jan 31, 2013 at 7:13 PM

      Exactly. It’s just part of the game… always has been… always should be.

  5. scionofflame - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    It’s really funny to see this article, because the entire time in Nashville he talked about wanting to become a ‘more complete player’.

    Apparently being complete in his case means ‘good at fighting’. Whatever. Good luck, Jordin.

    • vshehane - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:40 PM

      Toots went for the money and I appreciate that. He is really better at being the pest than the complete player. Maybe he has realized that and accepted it. We do miss in Nashville.

  6. bensawesomeness - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    I’m still not sold on a fight every-other game, but he does bring a dimension to our game that’s been lacking for a while.

    People have been down on Tootoo thus week and last, but honestly, we played against him in Nashville for years, he’s a passion in the ass to play against, he gets under the other teams skin and makes you play awfully just to stop him. I like the piece in the puzzle

  7. thehighcountrybear - Jan 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

    And the Maytals…gawd, my sides are aching, brilliant! Aside from being a heat-seeking missile, he single handedly forces incoming teams to change their game plans. In every game he’s had a fight, the bully-boys have fallen off their games…less dirty hits and hacking on Detroit’s ruling class, and more on the possibility they’re going to get bag-slapped by a bowling ball that doesn’t know the meaning of quit! Love ya Tootoo, you’ve found a home…buy large out Grosse Pointe way, you’re not going anywhere soon…

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