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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Patriots fans show love for the team in unique ways
WHDH-TV, January 30th

“We just kept collecting and collecting, now we have basically Christmas decoration boxes of Patriots decorations,” he said. “We've been very lucky, I think we should appreciate what we've seen because like Bobby Orr and Larry Bird they just don't come...Read more

The Best Ever? NHL Goalie Martin Brodeur Retires
WBUR, January 29th

Especially in a sport like hockey, where you really can't debate who the best skater was of all-time — that's going to be Wayne Gretzky, unless you're truly a contrarian — or the best defenseman of all time — that's going to be Bobby Orr — so this...Read more

Sundridge hockey great honoured for coaching Bobby Orr
NorthBayNipissing.com, January 26th

Wilfred “Bucko” McDonald is one of four being inducted into the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame for 2015. And that has a lot to do with his coaching of a young number four. “The big story was how he changed him,” Carole McDonald, Bucko's daughter-in-law, says...Read more

Rookie Aaron Ekblad learning from Orr, Potvin
Sportsnet.ca, January 23rd

COLUMBUS — In his own mind, when a “13- or 14-year-old” Aaron Ekblad sat down across the table from Bobby Orr for lunch, he figured there was a decent chance he was dining and talking hockey with his future agent. But the truth was, Orr already had...Read more

CHL Top Prospects Game: Team Orr dominates Team Cherry
CBC.ca, January 22nd

Defenceman Ryan Pilon and forwards Nathan Noel and Paul Bittner scored for the team coached by Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr. Goaltenders Nick McBride of the Western Hockey League's Prince Albert Raiders and Liam Herbst of the 67's combined for ...Read more

Connor McDavid leans on Bobby Orr for advice
CBC.ca, January 22nd

Connor McDavid was still a youngster when he first met Bobby Orr at the hockey legend's summer camp. Awestruck at the time, McDavid forged a friendship that led to Orr becoming his agent. Now, as McDavid skates toward being the top pick in the NHL...Read more

Bobby Orr Hall of Fame reveals 2015 Inductees
www.parrysound.com, January 19th

PARRY SOUND – On Wednesday afternoon Dave Garagan, nomination committee chair, revealed the Bobby Orr Hall of Fame inductees for 2015. In the category of athlete, Les Tabobondung, will be inducted. Tabobondung is a hockey icon in the hockey ...Read more

2015 Honda All-Star Game- All-Star Capsule: Bobby Orr
BlueJackets.com, January 8th

1968 All-Star Game: Bobby Orr makes his first career All-Star appearance in his second professional season. After scoring 41 points in 61 games during his rookie season, Orr's offensive trajectory continued to spike upwards with 31 points in only 46...Read more