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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The 2 O'Clock: Bobby Orr, Seahawks, Joe Torre, Andrew PetersThe Province (blog), December 9th
Now, Bobby Orr has long been a very private man. Post-retirement, he wasn't exactly doing interviews left, right and centre. For many people, then, an autobiography written nearly a quarter-century after he retired was a huge surprise. Anyway, it's a...Read more
When Bobby Orr Played Like Sandy KoufaxThe Hockey Writers, December 2nd
In September 1966, five months after Drysdale and Koufax signed, Toronto lawyer Alan Eagleson had Boston Bruins GM Hap Emms over a barrel in negotiations regarding young Bobby Orr's first NHL contract. In securing (relatively) big money for Orr, ...Read more
Berkshire Bank Rewind: Perfect Give-and-Go Leads to Bobby Orr's Stanley Cup ...NESN.com, November 21st
Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr leaping through the air after his famous goal to win the 1970 Stanley Cup over the St. Louis Blues is one of the most iconic images in the history of sports. It started with a great pinch by Orr, who passed the puck to...Read more
Bruins vs. Blues Preview: OH HAPPY (Bobby Orr) DAYStanley Cup of Chowder, November 21st
Tonight's going to be a big one. With Dennis Seidenberg injured and Adam McQuaid still out, the Bruins will ice four rookie defenseman, as Kevan Miller joined the team yesterday from Providence. Meanwhile, the Blues have four Olympians on their defense...Read more
Bobby Orr, Former Teammates Look Back on Stanley Cup-Clinching Goal Prior ...NESN.com, November 20th
With the Blues coming to town, Bobby Orr will be dropping the ceremonial first puck to kick off the night's tribute. Of course, the Bruins legend scored the game-winning goal in overtime against St. Louis, leading the B's to their first Stanley Cup in...Read more
Bobby Orr Admits to Feeling of 'Emptiness' After Being Forced Into Retirement ...NESN.com, November 20th
One of the greatest injustices in sports history is the fact that Bobby Orr was forced to retire at the age of 30, presumably leaving the better part of a decade of playing years on the table. Orr had no choice, of course, after knee injuries did him...Read more
Bobby Orr Says NHL Teams Need 'Policemen' to Protect Stars, But Wants ...NESN.com, November 18th
This was one of the topics on the table when Bruins legend Bobby Orr sat down with NBC's Bob Costas for an interview set to air Tuesday on Costas Tonight. In the interview, Orr contests the notion that bruisers have no place in the game, trumpeting the ...Read more
Jamie Benn pulls a Bobby OrrNHL.com, November 14th
Jamie Benn pulls a Bobby Orr. Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn makes a great move and finishes in the air beating Calgary Flames goaltender Reto Berra. NHL VideosAnaheim Ducks VideosAtlanta Thrashers VideosBoston Bruins ...Read more