Darcy Hordichuck became a Panther on October 2nd 2010…Vancouver traded him to the Florida Panthers for Andrew Peters. At the time it was just what the doctor ordered for a team who struggles to be tough.
Hordichuk is a pure enforcer, on the team to get them riled up after a fight. Coach Pete DeBoer knows Hordichuk’s importance. “I don’t think it’s a dying breed,’’ He said. “You still need them. But on a team like ours (he has) to be able to play, too. (He) just can’t sit there as a deterrent. Hordi is one of those guys who’s a combination of being able to play that role, and I’m feeling more and more comfortable to put him on the ice. That’s a luxury.’’
Hordichuck seems to love this role in fact he spent the summer of 2008 training with Chuck Liddell, a mixed martial artist and former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion. Hordichuk used the training to improve on his skills in on-ice fighting
Hordichuk is averaging just 4:22 minutes per game in 34 games this season. He wants to expand his game and get more ice time, but coach Pete DeBoer might not think he’s capable of that. “He’s averaging for us about what he’s averaged his whole career,” DeBoer said. “When we got him, we weren’t going to turn him from a five-minute player into a 10- or a 15-minute player.”
He has three points and 44 penalty minutes this season.
The Cats’ enforcer could be busy tonight as there is definite bad blood between Buffalo and Florida, in their last contest Patrick Kaleta took a few liberties with Dmitry Kulikov that may warrant Hordichuk’s involvement tonight when these two squads meet.
I’m not sure what Tallon does with this guy at the deadline I don’t see much of a market for him…but I hope the Panthers either keep him around or at least a guy like him because we do need that kind of physical fighting guy who can put a few in as well.
What do you guys think of Hordi? Do you think the Cats need an enforcer?
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