Though claimed by Boston, Bobby Orr was a Canadian through and through. Born in Parry Sound, Ontario, the defenseman began his career in 1962, when he played four seasons for the Oshawa Generals in Ontario.
Even as a star player with the Bruins, Orr carved out time to participate in the 1972 Summit Series, which pitted Canada’s best against the Soviet Union’s (a knee injury sidelined him, but he practiced with his teammates and reveled in their narrow, come-from-behind series victory). Orr made an even greater contribution when he played for Team Canada in 1976 Canada Cup—he was named the MVP of that contest.
In his 10 seasons with the Bruins, Orr led his team to victory in two Stanley Cups, won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 1970 and 1972, and was the first player to be named MVP of a Stanley Cup twice. In particular, his 1970-1971 season was outstanding, when Orr racked up the most points, as well as assists, by a defenseman, a record that still stands.
At the end of the 1976 season, Orr left the Bruins for a reportedly better deal with the Chicago Black Hawks (Orr’s agent was eventually sent to prison for misleading clients and stealing), but injuries keep him off the ice for all but 26 games over the course of three seasons. Orr retired in 1979 and that year, at the age of 31, became the youngest player to be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
When it comes to Bobby Orr hockey memorabilia, naturally his 1966 Topps rookie card is the prize. Orr hockey cards from 1967 are also highly collectible, especially his player card from that year (the 1967 Topps All-Star and Calder Memorial Trophy cards are less sought-after). Another catch is his James Norris Trophy card from 1970.
Unique to Orr collectibles is a vinyl LP titled “The Two Sides of Bobby Orr,” which features interviews with Orr by Bruins TV announcer Don Earle. Another collectible particular to Orr is a signed photo of “The Goal,” as it’s known. Taken by Boston Record-American photographer Ray Lussier, the photo shows Orr flying over the ice after scoring the winning goal, and then being tripped, to win the 1970 Stanley Cup in overtime.
Orr’s game-worn Bruins jerseys are far more desirable than jerseys from his ill-fated seasons with the Black Hawks, although diehard fans may want one of each. These days, Orr’s website even sells limited edition, signed replica jerseys from his days as a member of the Oshawa Generals, as well as jerseys bearing the colors of his hometown Parry Sound Shamrocks.
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Six-time all-star defenceman Vadnais dead at 68Hamilton Spectator, September 1st
The Golden Seals traded Vadnais to the Bruins in February 1972, and he joined youthful phenom Bobby Orr on defence and high-scoring centre Phil Esposito on the team that defeated the Rangers in the '72 Stanley Cup final. Vadnais became a Ranger in ...Read more
Panthers' top pick Ekblad welcomes father's guidanceNHL.com, September 1st
"In terms of hockey, I'm sure he's going to Dale Hawerchuk or Bobby Orr. At least I hope he would," David Ekblad said. "We think of him as Aaron; we don't think of him as the hockey player. When he comes home, we treat him like anyone else. I expect...Read more
5 breakout candidates for the 2014-15 NHL seasonAbout - News & Issues, August 31st
The rest of the list is made up of Dale Hawerchuk, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Ilya Kovalchuk, Mario Lemieux, Alex Ovechkin, Mike Gartner, Rick Martin, Pavel Bure, Paul Kariya, Dino Ciccarelli and Mike Bossy. You could look at that list and argue that...Read more
New England Patriots: Ryan Mallett To Texas, Houston-Not DallasCLNS Radio (blog), August 31st
up watching Bobby Orr revolutionize the game of hockey...and Bill Russell change how basketball was played forever! Have written for TruFan.com, 365SportsReport.com and now happy to be writing Patriots, Bruins & Red Sox articles for CLNSRadio.com...Read more
Family fun at Stockey, hall of fameparrysound.com, August 29th
Parents from the area and visitors were there with their newborns and elementary-age children taking advantage of the fun day and to learn more about Bobby Orr. Shown left, are Jacob Elwes, 12, left, and Bailey MacDonald, 13, playing table hockey...Read more
Annual Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlonparrysound.com, August 27th
Warm weather and calm water hovering around 70 degrees Fahrenheit made for a perfect day of triathlon-based events at the 6th annual Bobby Orr Hall of Fame Triathlon at the Waubuno Beach on Sunday, said organizers. Fitness enthusiasts from all over ...Read more
Breaking Barriers: Rick Hoyt In his own wordsBoston Herald, August 24th
A: My one hero is Bobby Orr, for many reasons. I will name three reasons: In 1972, when he scored goal, love the Stanley Cup! The governor held a fitness walk/jog around the public garden. When the governor broke into a small jog, poor Bobby Orr's...Read more
Home Sports New ice resurfacer ordered for Bobby Orr Community...parrysound.com, August 6th
It was a balmy minus 26 degrees Celsius last winter when Parry Sound Coun. Paul Borneman volunteered his time to flood the Kinsmen Park rink by hand. Once the new ice resurfacer is delivered to the Bobby Orr Community Centre, the old one will hopefully ...Read more