“Sometimes guys are getting picked on a little bit so you go over and let the other guy know they'll have to deal with me,” Hordichuk said. “I'm one of the guys who does the dirty work.
“I'll always play physical. If need be, and it's the right situation, I'm sure there will be a few of us that are looking to fight down here, too. But I'm here to help the young guys and work on my game.”
Hordichuk said he and several other veterans, including Josh Green, Brett Clark and Randy Jones, can provide leadership for a young team that has 14 players in their first three years of professional hockey. Clark and Hordichuk were Orlando teammates when the Solar Bears won the 2001 International Hockey League title.
“Veteran leadership is important,” Hordichuk said. “If you can get to the playoffs it definitely plays a factor to have guys that have been there, done that. It's still all about trying to win here.”
Scott said those traits are invaluable.
“For an NHL veteran like that to come down at this point in his career and have the attitude that he has says a lot about his character, the type of guy he is,” Scott said.
Hordichuk embraces the opportunity.
“I've proved I can fight. Now it's an opportunity to prove I can play a little bit, too. There are other ways I can get on the stat sheet.”
TEXAS STARS vs. BARONS
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Where: Cox Convention Center.
Radio: KXXY-FM 96.1, Jim Byers play-by-play.
Scouting report: Oklahoma City is in 12th place in the Western Conference but only four points out of eighth, the final playoff berth. The Stars lead the Western Conference and are the hottest team in the AHL. Texas is riding a five-game winning streak and is 11-1-3 over its last 14 games. ... Veteran forward Jonathan Cheechoo has scored 15 points in 11 games since signing with the Barons. Mark Arcobello (44 points) is the leading scorer on the Barons' roster. ... Matt Fraser leads Texas in scoring, and has 24 goals, but was called up to the Dallas Stars last week.