It's not an easy job, and definitely not for everyone.
When you're the physical presence of a team, the guy who keeps opponents in check and honest, willing to throw fists at any given moment, it's not easy.
Mentally and physically it's tough work.
But Jordin Tootoo totally embraces the role of enforcer.
He's done it and been good at it throughout his career.
"It is what it is," Tootoo said after Tuesday's victory over Dallas, a game in which Tootoo fought twice in the first period and revved the crowd at Joe Louis Arena. "It's all part of the game. If you're me, I don't mind that part.
"When you're brought in to play a certain role and bring energy, that's kind of a telltale time to get after it for me. Mentally I just go out there and give her all I got and play for the guys.
"You don't think about it (the fighting). You just show up at the rink and have a fresh mind and bring what got you here. There's a fine line between being too high or too low. You keep an even keel mentally and keep doing the right things."
Tootoo fought Dallas forward Eric Nystrom three seconds into the game, lighting up Joe Louis Arena. Later in the period, Tootoo squared off with Dallas' Brenden Dillon in a bout that lasted nearly a minute, and had fans out of their seats.
Tootoo's fights were the first time a Red Wings player had two fighting majors in the same regular-season game since Todd Bertuzzi did it on April 2, 2011 in Nashville, against a Predators team with Tootoo on the roster.
By the way, Tootoo would have bettered that mark Tuesday, if given the opportunity.
"I still had one more fight in me," said Tootoo, who squared off against Columbus' Jared Boll at the start of the game Jan. 21. "The guys on the bench got involved and that's part of my DNA, to bring emotion to the game and having guys feed off that."
Tuesday's game was a coming-out party of sorts for Tootoo, who signed a three-year contract July 1 worth $5.7 million, for Red Wings fans.
With Dallas Drake, Brad May, Aaron Downey and Darren McCarty all long gone — before them, the likes of Bob Probert and Joe Kocur — the Red Wings have been searching for that special kind of willing fighter.
Someone willing to stand up and energize the Red Wings and Joe Louis Arena when needed.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130131/SPORTS0103/301310363#ixzz2JZ6DSyjk
Jordin Tootoo proving to be big hit with Wings
Detroit News | Jan 31